Virginia Dare Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Wine, Chardonnay

Give Thanks with Coppola & Virginia Dare Wine

We’re less than a week away from Thanksgiving and that means this weekend will be filled with preparatory trips to the market for supplies. While I am sure you won’t forget the necessities like turkey and yams, there’s one item you need to make sure you don’t go without… wine! Lucky for you, my friends at Francis Ford Coppola Winery is offering an exciting online special this Thanksgiving for anyone trying to figure out what to bring to the feast. Choose either or both of these easy drinking Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wine collections to pair with family, friends and …

Wine, Cabernet, Chardonnay

Welcoming Autumn with JaM Cellars

Thank you JaM Cellars for sponsoring this post. Looking for Butter Chardonnay or JaM Cabernet near you? Check out our Store Locator! Just pop in your zip code. Confession time: I am an Autumn-file. The second that the summer heat drops just one degree, I am busting out chunky knit sweaters and pumpkin spice. The moment it is socially acceptable (or even questionable) for me to start celebrating Fall, then it is happening. And like Mary Poppins hitching a ride on a northernly gust, it is time for me to jump on the seasonal train. So join me as I …

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Paris Can Wait

If I were to write an autobiography, it would look more like an eccentric menu, than an actual novel: We start with a childhood of hummus with a side of fresh pita bread. The teenage years were served with an unhealthy dose of burgers and fries. The twenties saw a veritable mix of overly-sweetened cocktails and spicy tapas. And now my thirties are filled with new American fine dining, organic spices, and red wine. Food is the narrator of my life. So that is why the new film, Paris Can Wait, completely resonated with me. Written and directed by the matriarch …

Jam Cellars, Butter Wine, Wine, Butter Chardonnay, Chardonnay

Butter (Chardonnay) Mom Up!

With Mother’s Day just moments away, it’s time you seriously start brainstorming how you’re going to be spoiling that motherly pillar in your life. I actually had the pleasure of teaming up with JaM Cellars recently to create a “Treat Yo’ Self” day for the mom’s in my life using their Butter Chardonnay. And being a mom myself, I unabashedly joined in on all the festivities. So, if you’re a bit stuck on how to celebrate the upcoming holiday, then follow along with the steps below to recreate my (relatively) easy Mother’s Day celebration. STEP 1: The Wine No Mother’s …

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The Director’s Cut

A surprising perk of my job as a food and drinks writer is that I get the inside scoop on the biggest events in Hollywood.  I am actually sent gift boxes of the scrumptious treats the stars will be munching and sipping on at awards show. Oh yes, the starlet gods have looked down upon me with favor. And as much as I would love to invite you over to my house for a wine and dine viewing party, I just don’t think I can fit all half-a-million of you in my living room… plus, I only have about 12 wine glasses, …

Sequoia Grove Chardonnay, Watermelon, cheese dip

Sequoia Grove Chardonnay + Swiss Watermelon Dip

Thoughts of summer are often filled with beach trips, popsicles, and sunshine. But thoughts often gloss over the inconvenient realities, like the sweltering heat. You know the type of day:  you look outside at the bright blue sky, put on a nice outfit for a day in the sun, and then you go outside where you’re hit with a wall of fire. Within a few minutes your overheated and look like a wet dog that got trapped in a Roman bath house. The last thing you want on that sort of day is a heavy meal and drink. Feeling refreshed …