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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Countdown to Christmas-12 Days- Decanters for the Wine Lover

Decanters can be purchased in all sizes, shapes, brands and prices. Some things to consider when buying a decanter: Easy of cleaning: It is important to be able to clean a decanter. Numerous shapes are available and some just do not look easy to clean. Because of their shape, decanters can be difficult to dry. […]

Blanquette of Oregon Dungeness Crab Recipe with Stoller Vineyards Riesling

Appetizers are great to have during a Christmas or holiday open house. Consider this recipe from Stoller Vineyards in Dayton, Oregon. Start planning your holiday menus now and you’ll have a wonderful event. Cheers! Kathy Blanquette of Oregon Dungeness Crab Serves 4 Ingredients: 1lb. Dungeness Crab Meat, picked clean of any shells 1 stalk celery, […]

Gifts that Keep Giving at Grand River Cellars

While many wineries offer events and other unusual ways to support charities, this holiday season Grand River Cellars in Madison, Ohio is offering gifts that keep giving. Gift Suggestions from Grand River Cellars Muddy Paw Wines Ed (winemaker) and Gina Trebets created two Muddy Paw Wines – Muddy Paw Semillon and the Muddy Paw Cabernet […]

A Variety of Wine Events for this Weekend!

Take time from your busy Christmas and holiday shopping to relax by visiting a winery tasting room. Enjoy the ambiance and of course browse some of the items available that might be the perfect gift! Below is a list of winery events for this weekend! Enjoy! Cheers! Kathy Thursday, December 8 Laurello Vineyards, Ohio Event: […]

Gingerbread Biscotti Recipe – Pair with Late Harvest Sémillon

Check out this recipe for Gingerbread Biscotti from B.R. Cohn Winery & Olive Oil Company. Since it stores for several weeks, make it soon to enjoy for Christmas and the holidays. The biscotti recipe calls for two tablespoons of B.R. Cohn Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The suggested wine to pair with the Gingerbread Biscotti […]

Celebrate the Holidays and Enjoy the Virginia Food and Wine Festival on Saturday

On Saturday, December 10 enjoy Virginia products at the Virginia Food & Wine Festival. Sixty plus vendors and 15 Virginia wineries will participate. According to the festival website, “Products include meats direct off the farm, cheeses, seafood, spices and sauces, variety of cakes and candies, specialty gifts and holiday décor.” This is a good opportunity […]

Charity Case Foundation Creates Napa Valley Wines

A group of Napa Valley winemakers has worked together to create The Charity Case Foundation. The charity benefits Napa Valley families and children. This year the foundation will donate funds to Aldea Children & Family Services, Cope Family Center, Foster Kids Receiving Center and the Wolfe Center Teen Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program. The wines […]

The Heart of Virginia Wine Trail Celebrates with a Jingle Bell Wine Trail

This weekend the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail has a Jingle Bell Wine Trail event. Participants, who can purchase passport tickets online, will received a souvenir wineglass and the opportunity to taste wine at each winery.  At each winery there will be munchies to enjoy while tasting wine. Craft vendors will be available.  Those who […]

First Weekend of December Wine Events

Many wineries are offering special  events in anticipation of Christmas and the holidays in December.  A long list of events is below. Check the website or contact the winery in case any changes are made or reservations are needed. Enjoy browsing the list and finding a holiday event to attend this weekend! Cheers, Kathy Friday, […]

Peking Duck Recipe from Cakebread Cellars

The last time we were in California we enjoyed peking duck. We also visited Cakebread Cellars, a delightful friendly winery with impressive wines. Cakebread Cellars provided the recipe for Peking Duck below which may be a recipe you want to use for the coming holidays. Cheers! Kathy Peking Duck with White Wine, Garlic and Picholine […]

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