Product Recommendations

Murray’s Cheese for Holiday Gifts - November 30, 2016

As a cheese lover, I have often shopped at Murray’s as the folks behind the counter are amazingly knowledgeable about their goods, givin…


Mondavi’s Purple Heart Wine, A Good Cause - April 24, 2016

Attending a recent burial in Arlington cemetery elicited all my patriotic emotions, as did the launch of Purple Heart Wines at a ceremony this m


Winemaking Cooperative of Carpi and Sorbara, A Visit - March 25, 2016

Before heading to the winery Cooperative of Carpi and Sorbara, I met with representatives of Lambrusco for a wonderful meal at Clorofilla Wine …


Monari Federzoni, a Visit - February 26, 2016

Those who’ve been to Italy know that their balsamic vinegar is not just for dressing salads.
This fall I was invited to visit Monari Fed


10+ Holiday Libation Suggestions - December 23, 2015

So many libations, so little time to sample them all. We decided to taste a few and provide some suggestions for hostess gifts or food pairing at o…


Spotlight on Three Breakthrough Refrigerators - November 15, 2015

New things are happening in refrigeration! You can now brew your coffee or tea, or make carbonated beverages right from the door; or you can own a…


Truvée Red Blend - May 4, 2015

Sourced from Central Coast California vineyards, the McBride sisters selected the best grapes to create the velvety and full-bodied Rhone


Josh Cellars Wines - March 4, 2015

As a Sauvignon Blanc devotee, I opened that bottle that Josh Cellars sent to me first to try. The wine is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc sourced th…


Masterbuilt Electric Digital Smokehouse - February 15, 2015

If you were to associate cooking with a form of art, the act of smoking food would fall under the scope of impressionism. With the addition of wood


Quick-Dry Food Dehydrator by Good Cooking - July 5, 2014

The new Quick Dry Food Dehydrator contains four trays to dry large batches of foods at once.  The shelves nest for easy storage.
 
Eric, Bi…


Mumbo Jumbo Pinot Noir - May 13, 2014

Mumbo Jumbo — a name describing an object believed to have supernatural powers — offers a reasonably priced, nicely balanced Pinot Noir fr


William Hill Estate Winery, Coastal Collection - May 6, 2014

William Hill Estate Winery introduced this Coastal Collection wines, bringing the winery’s signature style from southern Napa to Califor…


Leaf Vodka - April 28, 2014

Leaf Vodka is sourced from unique waters around the country — one from Alaskan Glacial water, lending a pure, smooth taste with a hint of sweet


Grace Hightower and Coffees of Rwanda - April 20, 2014

Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda are inspired by Rwanda coffee farmers.  Philanthropist Grace Hightower partnered with the local co


Lobster Reef Sauvignon Blanc - April 12, 2014

Lobster Reef — a boutique label is named after the brightly colored rock lobsters along the rugged Marlborough coast — offers an aromatic 1


BenRiach Distillery’s Four New Scoth Whiskys - February 2, 2014

BenRiach recently introduced four new whiskys to the US market, including Horizons 12 Year Old Triple Distilled; Solstice 2nd Edition 17 Year


Whynot Coffee Shop and Art Gallery, Lower East Side, NYC - January 30, 2014

While wandering on the Lower East Side shopping, be sure to stop in at the Whynot Coffee Shop and Art Gallery on Orchard Street for a rich cups of Bl…


90+ Cellars Wine Club - November 29, 2013

The 90+ Cellars is a limited collection of wine from respected wineries that you purchase for less. Each year the 90+ cellars team tastes hu…


Melissa’s Gift Baskets & Gift Boxes - November 21, 2013

Consider a fruit and wine basket —limited only by the season — as a hostess gift this holiday season. Melissa’s, known for quality pr


Le Pigeon, Portland - September 7, 2013

Knowing that Le Pigeon’s Gabriel Rucker had won his second James Beard Award, I decided to sample his food when visiting Portand (OR) rec…


OneHope Wine Supports Charities - January 20, 2013

OneHope wines lets you give back by simply enjoying a glass of California wine as this company donates 50 percent of its profits to partner chari…


90+ Cellars Holiday Wine Essentials - December 12, 2012

90+ Cellars takes the stress out of choosing wine for your holiday table with its new Holiday Wine Essentials. They curated six wines for the sea…


Graffigna Malbec Reserve - October 17, 2012

World Malbec day was exactly six months ago on April 17.  I thought I’d celebrate today by sharing information on the reasonably priced ($


Alente Premium 2007 - October 12, 2012

Alente Premium 2007 ($14) is a blend of Trincadeira and Aragonez, indigenous black-skinned Portuguese grapes. The wine, which is aged in Am


Tasting The Best Gin and Tonics in Spain - September 18, 2012

 The Spanish, I learned, are simply wild for gin and tonics. Oscar carefully poured and mixed ingredients into a large round glass and handed me m…

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