The Best Easter Wines for Ham, Lamb and Beyond

Easter is upon us. Chances are your “big picture” entertaining ideas are in place. Now, it’s time to finalize the details, from recipes and place settings to egg coloring and your (pastel-colored?) springtime attire. Then, there are the Easter wine pairings. Wondering what wines work with Easter lamb? Or, are…

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Crispy Cheddar Smashed Potatoes

These Crispy Cheddar Smashed Potatoes are a simple and delicious side dish to any meal!  They’re cheesy, buttery and so flavorful! Hello Kendall-Jackson friends it’s me, Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life Blog, here to share a simple and delicious side dish recipe with you! This recipe would be a perfect dish to serve alongside…

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French Oak Versus American Oak: How Do Barrels Affect Wines?

In the complex fusion of elements that are important in winemaking, there are sorting systems, presses and fermentation temperatures – among many other things – to obsess over, but barrels have a special place in winemakers’ hearts. It’s little wonder: wood imparts magical textures, aromas and flavors into wine that…

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DIY Bridal Shower Gift

Written by Kristin Mansky of Modish & Main We’re right on the cusp to the kickoff of wedding season, which means plenty of bridal showers to attend. Whether it’s your best girlfriend, sister, neighbor or cousin, you want to send her off to a blissful marriage with her spouse by giving…

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Red Wine Types and More: The Basics of Red Wines

From the eclectic green pastures of France to the golden hills of Northern California, a diverse range of red wine types – from light to bold – make their way to tables across the world from a wide mix of growing regions. Red wines can vary widely in taste, body,…

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Easy Caprese Pasta Salad

Searching for an easy weeknight meal that is equal parts healthy, delicious and time effective? Then this easy caprese pasta salad will absolutely blow your mind! As much as I would love to whip up a multi-dish meal every night, some days just get the best of you and it’s either…

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What Does California’s Extreme Season of Snow and Rain Mean for the 2017 Vintage?

California has ached for water for six years. With a “La Niña” (a Pacific Ocean-generated weather pattern that prevents precipitation from dropping on California) forecast for the start of 2017, farmers braced for another round of “same song, seventh verse” of dryness. Surprisingly, it has turned out to be an…

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The Best Wine and Steak Pairings

What’s the best wine with steak? For most, eating steak means eating well. First, steak is pricey, so there’s been a splurge. Second, steak is full of nutrients – protein, iron, phosphorous, zinc and five B-complex vitamins, so bodies actually benefit from the financial indulgence. Just like with wine, there…

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Movie Night In

Written by Kristin Mansky of Modish & Main Rather than venturing out to the movies and spending a mini fortune, opt for hosting a movie night IN with your family or friends and serve up a sophisticated take on some classic recipes.  I relish the opportunity to stay home, throw on…

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Winter Wines

Toss “winter wines” into a web search engine, and you’ll mostly turn up suggestions for hearty reds showcased around the idea of “hunkering down” and staying warm at home. That sounds cozy on cold days, and moreover, it makes sense. It’s comforting to eat more red meat and tummy-filling carbohydrates…

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