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Beef Daube

Date: Wed, Oct 17, 2007 Wine Tasting

Serves 8 This is comfort food at it's best, and one of my favorite French dishes. I can't believe how good the house smells as this cooks and neither will your guests. Good Friends, Good Wine and Good Food... it...

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Meat Empanadas

Date: Wed, Oct 17, 2007 Wine Tasting

Serves 4 Argentina is definitely a melting pot of society. With so many nationalities and races, it's hard to find traditional Argentina food. Well if anything is traditional then it would be Empanadas. This recipe is from a friend who...

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Merlot Wine Rant

Date: Wed, Oct 17, 2007 Wine Tasting

Up until the movie Sidways the current darling of the reds was Merlot. Merlot gained popularity as those on the quest of the ultimate hedonistic buzz move from generic blends and into varietal wines. Merlot has a claim to fame...

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Wine Store ~ Los Angeles

Date: Wed, Oct 17, 2007 Wine Tasting

Wally's Wine and Spirits - The Number One Wine Store in Los Angles according to Zagat. Whenever I'm in LA, the my first stop on the way to my little hideaway in Malibu is Wally's just off the 405 on...

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Pinot Noir Rant

Date: Wed, Oct 17, 2007 Wine Tasting

It’s a color, it’s a region, and it’s a wine… the it is Burgundy and the grape of Burgundy is Pinot Noir. Fiery, feminine and temperamental in both vineyard and bottle Pinot Noir frustrates and intimidates. Yet to those who...

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Wine Storage

Date: Wed, Oct 17, 2007 Wine Tasting

I'm going to assume if you are asking this question your either a casual collector, who wants to keep a few bottles on hand for those dinners where you dress to impress, or a budding wine geek who has recently subcribed to all of the proper magazines and more than his or her share of wine clubs. Now you're sitting in your house surrounded by cases of the fruit of the vine, wondering what the hell your going to do with all of it. Storing wine is important because if not done correctly all you will have in a few years is an ingrediant for very expensive salad dressing. However it isn't as hard as it seems. All you need to know are the true enemies of wine are heat, light, and oxygen and you're well on your way to a solution.

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Chambord Molten Chocolate Cakes

Date: Wed, Oct 17, 2007 Wine Tasting

This is one of my favorite desserts, and if served right out of the oven with vanilla bean ice cream has a wonderful presentation. The Chambord creates a dark purple lava effect that bubbles out vents made by the liquids...

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Premium Wine Sales Up in August

Date: Wed, Oct 17, 2007 Wine Tasting

Despite the rise of gasoline cost it seems as though people are still willing to spend for simple luxuries such as wine. I think they are more willing during times like these to spend money on a couple of good...

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Arnie Veto's Zinfandel Designation

Date: Wed, Oct 17, 2007 Wine Tasting

On Monday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed Senator Carole Midgen's bill that would have designated Zinfandel as the official 'Historic Wine of California'. Seems as though he doesn't want to snub one wine for another... perhaps he enjoys them all?

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Spanish Paella

Date: Wed, Oct 17, 2007 Wine Tasting

Last Memorial Day weekend our trip across the lake to cook a Spanish Paella on the beach was epic. 8 of us finally ended up going, and despite the fact we experienced rains of biblical proportions a good time was...

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BOURBON PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE

Date: Wed, Oct 17, 2007 Wine Tasting

One thing I've always loved about my friend Marsha is she always shows up at our dinner parties with something outrageous. Last Thanksgiving was no exception when she showed up with Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake. This is truly something I'm going...

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Thanksgiving Wine Selections

Date: Wed, Oct 17, 2007 Wine Tasting

Thanksgiving Wine Selection Articles So once again the holidays are upon us and we are asked once again to make our Thanksgiving Wine Selections. So I'm going to make it easy on myself and go to some of the experts...

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Argiolas 2005 Costamolino Vermentino

Date: Wed, Oct 17, 2007 Wine Tasting

Robert Parker: 91 "Argiolas accomplishes fabulous things with Vermentino (known as Rolle in France) from their high altitude vineyards. The delicate straw color of the 2005 Costamolino Vermentino di Sardegna is followed by beautiful aromas of almonds, oranges, lemon, honey,...

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Sicilian Swordfish

Date: Wed, Oct 17, 2007 Wine Tasting

This is a rich and flavorful recipe that combines the tastes of sweet, salty, bitter and pungent in a well balanced traditional dish from the island of Sicily. Pinoli or Pine Nuts have a rich, delicate flavor which provides the...

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