Wine of the Week(end)

Summer is upon us and it’s the perfect season for sangria. There are many premade sangrias that can simply be chilled and served over ice. Super easy and convenient. You can then add whatever you want to make it extra fun – fresh fruit, additional fruit juice, a splash of brandy or triple sec, even […]

By |2022-06-24T12:26:14-04:00June 24th, 2022|Wine of the Week|

Father’s Day

Father’s Day is Sunday, and that calls for something special.

If you’ll be gathered around the grill and are looking for a wine that will pair perfectly with beef and that will have Dad saying, “Hey, wow, who brought this wine?” then here’s my recommendation:

Robert Mondavi’s Bourbon Barrel […]

By |2022-06-16T16:08:34-04:00June 16th, 2022|Wine of the Week|

Memorial Day Festivities

There’s no better way to taste a whole lotta local in one place than to attend the Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 28 and 29. Held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham, NY, the festival attracts craft beverage makers from not just the Hudson Valley, but from all […]

By |2022-05-26T13:52:36-04:00May 26th, 2022|Wine of the Week|

Wine for a Hot Weekend

What? Temperatures in the 90s on Saturday, May 21?! This kind of day calls for a refreshingly cold, dry glass of wine.

The perfect choice is a crisp Chenin Blanc, and a delicious choice is the MAN Chenin Blanc from South Africa. Chenin Blanc is a very versatile grape that can be fashioned into everything from […]

By |2022-05-19T19:00:52-04:00May 19th, 2022|Wine of the Week|

A Tuscan Weekend

Wouldn’t it be nice to be in Tuscany, Italy, this weekend?

A quick way to get there is with a Tuscan “stay-cation.” Cue up movies like Under the Tuscan Sun, A Room with a View, House of Gucci (or so many others); check out all the YouTube videos about Tuscany and its sites and culture, including […]

By |2022-03-17T15:09:03-04:00March 15th, 2022|Wine of the Week|

Wine and Music

March can feel endlessly gray, so it helps to load it with bright spots when and where you can.

Wine counts! So does live music.

Put them together and you have a soul-lifting, sunshiny day no matter the weather. Milea Estate Vineyard in Staatsburg offers delicious wines across the board, from a lovely Chardonnay to a juicy […]

By |2022-03-10T09:09:23-05:00March 10th, 2022|Wine of the Week|

Mulled Wine

Watching the snow fall if you’re safe and warm inside is a special kind of magic. Getting out to shovel or clear it is a special kind of punishment. Coming back inside from snow removal is cause for reward, and here’s just the ticket: mulled wine.

Besides the great taste and the delightful warmth of this […]

By |2022-03-03T15:27:39-05:00March 3rd, 2022|Wine of the Week|

Simple and Affordable

I went looking for a simple, affordable wine that would give me a good vibe and also (hopefully) some good flavor.

I went with farmhouse (lower case intentional). For less than $12, this California red has a lovely label with a block-print design of a farmhouse stamped against a brown-paper background the the words, “trust in […]

By |2022-01-26T10:28:00-05:00January 26th, 2022|Wine of the Week|

A Wine for the Winter Blues

It’s cold, it’s January, and everyone’s in a funk.

Here’s a wine to go with the mood – and uplift it, for sure. It’s a Chilean red blend called The Seeker.

It’s made up of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 25% Syrah, so it’s almost a Bordeaux blend (Cab/Merlot), which is hearty yet smooth, but with […]

By |2022-01-21T09:12:27-05:00January 21st, 2022|Wine of the Week|

To France in a Bottle

Some wines are worth exploring if they call to you for some reason. Like the Domaine Chanson 2018 Vire-Clesse from France.

When I spotted this wine at Exit 9 Wine & Liquor Warehouse, I was immediately intrigued. I discovered Vire-Clesse is a part of the Macon region of Burgundy, home to world-class Chardonnay. I also discovered […]

By |2022-01-13T09:46:46-05:00January 13th, 2022|Wine of the Week|
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