Thrifty Thursday

Nieto Senetiner Reserva Malbec 2010

Nieto Senetiner Reserva Malbec 2010

At first glance the appealing deep ruby, almost purple color lures you in to this wine. This 100% Malbec from Mendoza Argentina has a lovely nose exhibiting plum and red cherries. Aged in French oak for 12 months, gives this medium-full bodied red that hint of vanilla. It presents all you would expect from a  […]

| January 17, 2013
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2009 Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

We recently discovered a great find from Wente, a family-owned winery in San Francisco, California. Dating back to 1883, this has been a family passion for over 125 years. The original Cabernet Sauvignon cuttings were imported from Bordeaux by Charles Wetmore in the 19th century. Today, the offspring of these vines has grown to a […]

| January 10, 2013
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Bru Haus German Restaurant and Craft Beer Pub

Bru Haus German Restaurant and Craft Beer Pub

Bru Haus in West Los Angeles is not exactly a German themed restaurant, but more of a beer driven restaurant for the local party crowd—one that is focused on offering a German-inspired experience. This is manifested with traditional offerings such as sausages, sauerkraut and over 25 beers brewed in Germany, Belgium and the USA. We […]

| January 3, 2013
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Guidobono Langhe Nebbiolo 2010

Guidobono Langhe Nebbiolo 2010

Years ago while dining at one of our favorite Italian restaurants in the neighborhood, we discovered a great wine at a fabulous price and continued to order it regularly on our weekly visits. After quite some time had passed they ran out of our “go to” wine and we had to move on to others, […]

| December 27, 2012
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Bubbly Bargains

Bubbly Bargains

With New Years Eve only a few weeks away, Champagne is top of mind for many who are excited to celebrate with family and friends. If you are on a budget in this sluggish economy, you can still enjoy a sparkling New Year. For those who cannot splurge on expensive Champagne this year, here are […]

| December 20, 2012
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Ernesto Catena Tahuan Malbec 2010

Ernesto Catena Tahuan Malbec 2010

The offspring of the famous Argentinean Catena family delivers a quality Malbec that stands on its own. Ernesto, the son of Nicholas Catena, one of the most popular producers in Mendoza, was born into the wine business and understandably learned some of the best winemaking techniques from his father. Ernesto’s artistic flair and desire to […]

| December 13, 2012
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Harlem’s Agua Fresca Shines Above All

Harlem’s Agua Fresca Shines Above All

From my experience, New York City’s Mexican Restaurants are hit and miss, but once in a while the planets align and voila—pay dirt! This is exactly what transpired on a recent visit to Harlem’s sparkling ode to Mexican and Nuevo Latino cuisine, Agua Fresca. Please forgive me in advance if I gush effusively over these […]

| December 6, 2012
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Valpolicella Classico Superiore Zenato 2010

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Zenato 2010

Since the typical Valpolicella is a blend of three red grapes (corvina, rondinella and molinara) and sometimes other varieties to make up the balance, there is a wide spectrum of quality. But with winemakers putting a greater emphasis on this blend, currently there are some wonderful options to choose from. The Valpolicella Classico Superiore Zenato […]

| November 29, 2012
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Thanksgiving Leftovers Transformed

Thanksgiving Leftovers Transformed

Thanksgiving is always my favorite Holiday because it’s a time to enjoy your family—a day to stop, smell the roses and eat some incredible food. If you are making Thanksgiving dinner at your home this year, let me just say bravo! It’s never as easy as it sounds, especially for those meticulous hosts who aim […]

| November 22, 2012
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Great Affordable Thanksgiving Wine

Great Affordable Thanksgiving Wine

Spanish wines have grown in popularity throughout the last decade, primarily because of the fruit forward Tempranillo grape, which with rising popularity is pleasing to many palates. With that in mind, my first pick for affordable Thanksgiving wines is Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero 2008. This well balanced wine offers black cherry, plum and […]

| November 15, 2012
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