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Wine finds, pairings and entertaining with wine.

Austrian-Riesling

Which Wine to Drink with Spicy Food?

Drink a dry Riesling from Austria. Although it’s a dry wine it has just a hint of sweetness, which will marry well with this spicy soup. A great choice for any type of spicy food from Thai to Mexican.

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Fall Dinner Menu

We always travel to my family’s house for Thanksgiving, so I’ve never had true ownership of the holiday. Knowing this, I often host a festive dinner right before the Thanksgiving holiday for close friends here in Santa Barbara. No turkey, but fall fare straight from the garden and farmers market, and this year, seasoned with inspiration from our recent trip to Piedmont.

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Pear Martini

The Community Environmental Council held a benefit this fall entitled “Green Gala”. My good friend Merryl, of Merryl Brown Events, www.merrylbrownevents.com, and I collaborated in the styling of this event. My intention was to make a green-tini, but what I ended up with was a green fruit cocktail that lacked any green color. The cocktail had […]

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Having a Wine Focused Dinner

Even when hosting a wine dinner, you should start with the food!  Create a menu featuring simple, delicious food that allows the flavors of the wine to be the star of the meal.  It always works to stick to the basics, a fresh cut of meat with salt and pepper cooked on the grill, some […]

House Wines

House Wines

Wine is a permanent fixture in our home and we enjoy it daily.  Our wine cellar is for the most part, my husband’s domain.  An avid wine enthusiast, he has spent the past twenty years building a collection of wines from all over the world.  Picking wine from an inventoried source can be complicated and […]