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The Problem with Some Wine & Food Pairings

Photo by John Canelis on Unsplash Whether you’re a seasoned dinner party pro or a nervous first-time host, you’re probably well aware that drinks deserve as much consideration as food itself. The right cocktail choices and wine pairings are, after all, a dinner party 101. But what happens if you’re starting to wonder why drinks hold such high standing? The fun is in the cooking, after all, and drinks can often be an added consideration many of us could do without. Have you not already got enough on your plate!? Sadly, as anyone who’s attempted to go against the drink quo can tell …

Italian Entertaining

Rustic Italian Entertaining… at it’s finest!

Guest Contributor: Jewels Gray Jewels is the talented eye behind Jewels Photography in Denver, Colorado. Follow along as she show’s us a proper Italian feast. There’s a venue here in Denver that reminds me of the home my grand-parents built in Northern California… tan stucco arches and dark brown tiled floors, it’s not something you typically see here in Colorado. The lighting is always so beautiful here and as a Photographer, that’s something I notice while shooting weddings. If this venue were around back when I got married, I definitely would have had my own wedding there, without a doubt. …

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Top Wine Pairings For Summer BBQ Time!

Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels The BBQ season is well and truly upon us, it’s high time to take a chill and kick back with our friends and family to soak up the sun with some delicious food. Whether you’re a lover of meats, fish, halloumi, or those vegetarian and vegan burger alternatives, the big (and most important) question remains- what about the wine? Here come some of the top wine pairings to make your summer soiree just perfect.  Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon Blanc is a delicious summer bbq option; it’s a zesty grape with a crisp and clean acidity. The key fruit tastes …

Italian Wine for your Valentine

La Dolce Vita: Italian Wine for your Valentine

This post was sponsored by the Italian Trade Agency as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Valentine’s Day is here, do you have plans yet? If you don’t, then I have a fabulously romantic and delicious way to celebrate love with a date-night-in… Do as the Italians and celebrate “La Dolce Vita.” That’s right, take your valentine on a tour of Italy through their most famous wines, and learn a bit about the land while you’re at it. Here are my steps to putting together a romantic “La …

Sherry Date Meat Pie with Holland House Cooking Wine

Sherry Date Meat Pie with Holland House Cooking Wine

There are certain must-haves during the holiday season: Sugar cookies. Hot cocoa by the fire. A delicious slice of honey-baked ham. And in my house, meat pie! Meat pie is a wonderful staple from our lovely British friends across the pond. Despite its name, it is actually a surprisingly sweet dish. This year my friends at Holland House Cooking Wine are sponsoring this post and have sent me some products to help me create a refreshing take on the classic… Sherry Date Meat Pie! Every year, I make a meat pie as part of a holiday breakfast. It’s a magical …

Thanksgiving Essentials - Sweets & Drinks with Ibotta

Thanksgiving Essentials: Sweets & Drinks

Thanksgiving is around the corner, so it’s time to start planning the menu! Sure, you’ve thought about the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. I wouldn’t even be surprised if you’ve got your eye on a special cranberry sauce recipe by this point. But what about the other Thanksgiving Day essentials that are less touted? Today, I’ll be skipping the obvious fundamentals and focusing on edible items you definitely don’t want to forget… sweets and drinks! I’ve teamed up with Ibotta to not only highlight some amazing ways to save on these items for the holiday, but also to give …

Aldi Wine Advent Calendar - Review & Giveaway

Aldi Wine Advent Calendar: A Very Boozy Review & Giveaway

Did your ears perk up when you first heard about Aldi’s Wine Advent Calendar last year? And then were you instantly crushed to find out it was only available in Europe? Me too, mon ami! Well, fret no more because our boozy prayers have been answered. The Aldi Festive Collection Wine Advent Calendar has been released in the states to the delight of festive wino’s everywhere. Although I barely got my hands on this little box of alcoholic cheer, I’m about to break down what all the fuss is about. Oh and give you a chance to win one for …

Quick Restaurant Review - Tribute at the Houstonian

Quick Restaurant Review: Tribute at the Houstonian

Amazing new restaurant alert! If you find yourself in the Houston area, there is a fabulous new restaurant you have to check out. The Tribute at the Houstonian offers up a gorgeously rustic fine cuisine experience inspired by Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico. I got a sneak peek of their menu and wine pairings earlier this week before their grand opening on October 26th and it was absolutely heavenly. My personal favorites were the wood Fried Gulf Oysters with Chorizo Butter and Churros with vlarhona dulce ice cream & spiced hot chocolate. While you’re at it, don’t pass up on a …