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Wine Storage Services

Mon, 12 Jan 2015 23:39:51 +0000

My collection is getting out of hand. Why do I say that? I’m almost out of storage space and my thoughts turn to offsite storage. If you’ve been collecting wine for a while, you probably have encountered this problem and also started entertaining the idea of wine storage services. However, wine storage isn’t just about […]

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Bœuf Bourguignon

Sun, 26 Oct 2014 18:46:57 +0000

I’m not a fan of recipes that are overly complicated, especially when it comes to rustic French cooking. Bœuf Bourguignon or beef burgundy was originally a peasant dish first described by Auguste Escoffier and later popularized by Julia Child. However, over time, rustic cooking was transformed in haute cuisine with fancier methods of cooking and more sophisticated […]

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Truchard Vineyards

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 21:20:20 +0000

Mention Napa Valley and it conjures up quintessential images of vineyards, wineries and small towns that many wine drinkers may be familiar with, such as St. Helena and Yountville. However, the Napa Valley is a large area divided into several sub appellations that stretches from Calistoga in the north to Los Carneros in the south. […]

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What can we learn about marketing wine from the Chinese?

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:12:52 +0000

A few years ago, if I suggested that China would be a major player in the wine industry, you would have thought I was hitting my cellar a bit too often. But who would have imagined 20 years ago that nearly all our electronics and manufactured goods now come from a country that is the […]

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Keplinger 2006 Red Slope Grenache

Sat, 05 May 2012 01:07:03 +0000

This wine just keeps getting better and better. After opening this, I’m down to my last bottle of this wonderful vintage and I’m wishing I bought more. Soon I’ll have to start opening the 2007. Deep brick red clear color. Fragrant aromas of violets, cloves and cherry. Helen’s feminine style is evident in this gorgeous […]

Should I Have a Cellar? (Part 2)

Thu, 03 May 2012 15:00:00 +0000

This is second part of a two part article on wine cellars. You may want to read the first part before you read this. As promised, the second part of this article has some more specific questions about the reasons for cellaring wine. Q: What are the ideal conditions to properly store my wine collection? […]

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Should I Have a Cellar? (Part 1)

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:00:35 +0000

This is the first part of a two part article. I ended up with so much to write about on this topic, it seemed too much for just one article. Does this sound familiar to you? It’s the weekend, let’s visit some tasting rooms. Mmm, I really like this wine. Let’s get a few bottles […]

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Duh: Natural Corks Greener than Synthetics

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 15:00:21 +0000

I’ve never been a big fan of synthetic corks. Even after just a couple of years, they seem to be more difficult to remove than natural corks and they’re just one step away from screw-top closures in my book. I never believed that the potential faults of synthetic closures—oxidation in synthetic corks and reduction in […]

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Are millennials really your target market?

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:52:32 +0000

The economy is making a slow recovery. How do I know? Well, it’s certainly not because I have clients lining up with work for me. I personally have seen few signs of growth and the number of lease signs I see in local strip malls would suggest otherwise. But a recent poll by the NPD […]

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Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 23:32:00 +0000

The other day, I got inspired by a post I saw on Pinterest about frosting cupcakes. It didn’t look all that difficult so I thought I’d try my hand at some baking. Besides, who doesn’t like cupcakes. I ordered an inexpensive cupcake decorating kit on Amazon and received it the next day. I found a couple […]

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