Happy National Vanilla Milkshake Day!

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As innocent as a vanilla milkshake may sound, the first milkshakes that appeared in 1885 typically contained whiskey and had a consistency more like that of eggnog.  Continue reading

Best Rose Wines to Drink This Summer

Think pink - take your summer drinking seriously with these roses wine

Think pink – take your summer drinking seriously with these roses wine

As the days lengthen and the sun shines even serious wine drinkers begin to think pink. Rose, usually made from the juice of red wine grapes macerated for a short period with skin of color, offers a fresh crisp white wine with a fruity red. This is a perfect wine for summer and very versatile table. However, one of the disadvantages of having a serious pink dress, is that a lot of wine Continue reading

National Cherry Tart Day with Wine-Braised Brisket

image_1216816Beef brisket is the centerpiece of many Jewish holiday meals, particularly at Passover, and every family has their favorite way of preparing it. There are countless recipes out there, but how many do you need besides your grandmother’s? At least one more: This one!

Why? Because the meat is slowly braised in Pinot Noir, and the cherry notes in the wine pair brilliantly with dried tart cherries, which plump up with winey beef juices to become little mini-pouches of flavor on their own. Add to that a bit of star anise, which perfumes the brisket and your home with an exotic and enticing hint of licorice. Season the mixture with the sweet-and-sour agrodolce dance of brown sugar and balsamic vinegar, and you have a brisket that is at once counterintuitively familiar and wonderfully different. Like all braised meats, brisket improves in flavor, and slices more easily, if made a day ahead and chilled (see Cooks’ Notes). Continue reading

Happy National Apple Strudel Day! with wine

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It’s a little odd that America would have a holiday for a traditionally Austrian and Hungarian dessert, but we’re not complaining. How can you when apple is one of the the most American fruits, Continue reading

Best Father’s Day Gifts Wine Lovers

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Happy Father Day Cake.

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Father’s Day Gifts Wine Basket. Continue reading