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  • Ochoa Crianza Tempranillo – Quite Nice
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    Another nice find from Navarra, the Bodegas Ochoa Tempranillo Crianza. Single estate Tempranillo from 25 year-old vines at 1,350 feet of elevation in the Santa Cruz vineyard in Navarra, Spain. The wine spends 12 months in 225L American oak casks plus 1 year in the bottle before release. It has…
  • 5 Tips for Choosing a Flattering Swimming Costume
    I don’t follow fashion trends, but it doesn’t take any catwalk knowledge to know that the the swimsuit is back, and it’s here to stay. While your swimming costume may once have been hidden away in the back of your lingerie drawer, emerging only for trips to the swimming pool,…
  • Teaching Your Teenager To Shop On A Budget For Back To School
    It’s the time of year where kids are headed to school and I have decided that it’s also time to start Teaching My Teenager To Shop On A Budget For Back To School.  With being a single mom, I am pretty transparent about our budgets with the kids.  They know…
  • One Man’s Quest to Discover His Wine Palate Led to Making His Own Wine
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    Rob Barney, Vintner, Stressed Vines For Rob Barney, Stressed Vines’ Vintner, drinking wine was once a “safe label” choice.  He relied on labels, scores and brand name producers. In 2014, he decided it was time to expand and be more adventurous.  Little did he know that would take him down a…
  • Your Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine with Chocolate
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    How many times have I taken a bite of chocolate then wished I had the perfect glass of wine to sip with it? The answer is way too many! Clearly, better planning on my part is mandatory, right? The good news is that Nicholas Rubright, guest blogger (see more about…
  • Terra Alpina Pinot Grigio – Delicious Dolomites
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    Mountain refreshment, the Terra Alpina Pinot Grigio Dolomiti from Alois Lageder. Pinot Grigio from 10 to 30 year-old vines in Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy. The wine is fermented and aged for four months in stainless steel. Sample submitted for review. The Terra Alpina Pinot Grigio Dolomiti has an SRP of $16…
  • Where has this blog been?
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    Readers will have noticed that I haven't posted any articles since April, and few before that  The reason is that I had been caring for my wife. Carol suffered with stage 4 endometrial cancer. She passed away on June 26, 2019.  A link to her obituary can be found here. …
  • Dancing Flame Red Blend – A Sure Thing
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    The perfect evening wind down wine from Aldi, the tasty but uncomplicated Dancing Flame Ojos del Salado Red Blend. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Carmenere and 10% Syrah from Central Valley, Chile. This wine is available exclusively at Aldi and sells for just $5.99. It is imported by Prestige Wine &…
  • King Prawn Linguine with Chilli & Sundried Tomato
    In this post, I’m sharing a quick and easy recipe for King Prawn Linguine from UK recipe box home delivery service, Hello Fresh. I’ll also provide an insight into how the Hello Fresh service works and what you can expect if you sign-up. Packed with succulent king prawns, juicy tomatoes…
  • Most Secluded Beaches In The Algarve Portugal
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    If you’re planning a trip to the Algarve in Portugal, then you’ll want to visit some of the region’s stunning beaches. However, there’s only one problem, so does everyone else! Once you’ve looked at the best villas in Portugal for your stay, you’ll want to check out those all-important, secluded…
  • Easy Chicken Breast Dinner Recipes!
    Chicken Breast Recipes are my go-to for dinner any time of year.   I am always looking for ways to change up my meal plan rotation!! Since my go-to protein for dinners is chicken breasts so finding new chicken breast recipes is how I change up our dinners so we don’t get…
  • Folly of the Beast Pinot Noir – A Whale of A Good Deal
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    Darn good Pinot from a high end winemaker thanks to Winc, the Folly of the Beast Pinot Noir. 100% Pinot Noir from the Central Coast of California. The wine was aged in 30% new French oak for 12 months and is vegan friendly. This post is sponsored by Winc Wine…
  • Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages – Purely Delicious
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    A fantastic wine for under $15 from M. Chapoutier, the Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages Rouge. 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Carignan from the slopes of the Agly Valley in Languedoc-Roussillon, France. The wine was aged in concrete tanks and stainless steel (no oak). It has…
  • Q&A with Marc Sauter, Sommelier/Proprietor at Zoës in Virginia Beach
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    My experiences in Virginia Beach have changed since my high school days. Long ago, I’d drive from Newport News with friends to have a sub sandwich at Zero’s, throw a beach towel on the blistering sand where I’d tan for hours then attend a concert at the Virginia Beach Dome.…
  • Driving The Wild Coast Of Northumberland
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    We have recently returned from the US after driving one of the most iconic roads, Route 66. Although, it’s an experience not to be missed it does make you think of the beautifully rugged scenery we have closer to home which we may not fully appreciate. One such area of…
  • Particular Chardonnay – Particularly Good
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    Tasty $5 Spanish Chardonnay from Trader Joe’s, the light-bodied and easy to drink Particular Chardonnay from Bodegas San Valero in Carinena. 100% Chardonnay from Carinena, Aragon, Spain. The wine is aged for 3 months in French oak barrels and has just 1.8 g/L of residual sugar. The Particular Chardonnay is…
  • Bottomless Brunch in Cardiff: 7 Top Spots
    What better way to spend the weekend than by munching on whole-souled comfort food at your favourite brunch spot? Well, by doing it with unlimited bubbles or cocktails thrown into the mix, of course! Originally started in Manhattan, the bottomless brunch trend has been gaining momentum in the UK over…
  • How To Cook A Whole Chicken In The Crock Pot
    How to cook a whole chicken in the crockpot. Now let me say, that sounds way scarier then it should.  I started making  I first made this three years ago and it gets made quite often now.  I have even made the whole chicken this way to shred the chicken…
  • Castillo Monjardin La Cantera Garnacha – A Solid Value
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    Excellent old vine Spanish Garnacha for under $10, the Castillo Monjardin Garnacha La Cantera from Navarra. 85% Garnacha and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from the 70 year-old vines of the rocky limestone and clay soils of the La Cantera vineyard in Navarra, Spain. The wine is aged in second use 300L…
  • Extreme Viticulture: Bodega Colomé's Altura Maxima Vineyard
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    Source: Bodega ColoméImagine an ideal grape growing region. This would most likely be a Mediterranean climate with abundant sunshine, hot days transitioning to cooler evenings, and a strong diurnal shift that extends the growing season and helps retain acidity. The vines would be planted in a mixture of rich volcanic soils…
  • Oven Roasted Garlic Potatoes Recipe
    This Oven Roasted Garlic Potatoes Recipe is one of my kid’s favorite side dishes! I have to say that it can be hard to think outside the box of new side items that the kids will eat and that isn’t a huge time consumer!!   (I have included affiliate links to products…
  • Easy Instant Pot Pasta And Meatballs!!
    This Easy Instant Pot Pasta And Meatballs is such a weeknight dinner! Now after 2 years of using this Instant Pot this is still one of the few meals I can make with confidence.  Plus, I know I am not the only mom that has a go-to for dinner like…
  • Kirkland Signature Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – On Point
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    A Bulk Buy rating on a summer staple, the Kirkland Signature Ti Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from Costco. Sauvignon Blanc from Ti Point Vineyard in Marlborough, New Zealand. This wine is available exclusively at Costco for just $6.99. It is imported by DC Flynt MW Domaines & Estates. From the…
  • Beat the Heat with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Chilled Cucumber Soup with Mint
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    This month, my colleagues at Wine Pairing Weekend (#WinePW), a band of smart, happy-go-lucky wine and food lovers, are writing about wines from New Zealand and favorite recipes for pairing. I look forward to reading their articles that highlight this country’s range of wines and styles. Whether it’s a refreshing…
  • What To Expect At The Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge! Plus 2019 Promo Code!
    Last year we did The Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge here in Seattle!! Now it’s probably not much of a secret I like to run and mud runs are my jam. We can not wait to take part in the race again this year! I am part of USFG and am…
  • Sonoma: A Day of Diversity at Arista, Passalacqua, Skipstone and Scherrer Wineries: But the Heart of Sonoma Remains Aligned
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      Our wine trip continued in Sonoma where we spent time at four places– Arista, Passalacqua, Skipstone and Scherrer Wineries.  What I loved about Sonoma was my time there showcased the diversity of this region from winemaking styles to customer experience to the philosophy in their tasting rooms.    …
  • Chateau de Pizay Morgon – Quite Lovely
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    More tasty Gamay from one of the Beaujolais crus, the Chateau de Pizay Morgon. Bulk Buy! Gamay from 45 year-old vines in Morgon, Beaujolais, France. 25% of the wine is aged in new oak casks with the other 75% in stainless steel. Sample submitted for review. The Chateau de Pizay…
  • Food On Route 66 – Our 5 Best Dining Experience On The Route
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    There’s no shortage of places to eat along Route 66, you won’t be going hungry. It’s not all just burgers, as well as the classic Route 66 roadside diners there are also fine dining options, remember Route 66 passes through some large cosmopolitan cities. The list of our 5 best…
  • The Best Restaurant Cities in the US
    Would you travel for food? Many of us are now on the look-out for so-called ‘restaurant cities’ when choosing our next holiday destination. According to recent research published by World Travel Market, over 80% of us mention food and drink as among the most memorable aspects of our holiday and…
  • 1718 Brewing Ocracoke: Jam Box for Brunch
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    1718 Brewing Ocracoke is well into their second summer and with an obvious demand, the brewery is operating at full capacity to continuously provide 10-12 beers on tap. During our weekly visit to this island, demand outpaced supply as several beers kicked and even a power outage didn't deter beer…