Author: Deb Lapmardo

Enjoy Sparkling Wine — The Anytime Drink!

So when was the last time you drank a glass of bubbly? Was it last New Year’s Eve, after the ball dropped? Was it at your cousin’s wedding, when the best man made a sloppy speech and raised a toast to the bride and groom? If your answer is “Yes,” then you’re missing out on a lot of fun. Here’s why. Sparkling wine is crisp, refreshing and delicious, anytime and anywhere. You don’t have to spend a fortune, and there are plenty of great choices if you know what to look for. Sparkling wine is, quite simply, any wine...

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Dare to Drink Pink!

It’s official: Rosé wine is trending. In big-city bars and upscale bistros, Rosé is now at the top of the wine list. But make no mistake about it: this is not the sweet, cheap White Zinfandel that’s given pink wine a bad name in North America.  These are crisp, dry wines from places like Provence, Tavel and Mendoza. “Real” Rosés are dry wines traditionally made and consumed as the “wine of summer” in Europe. They show delicate fruit notes — think strawberries, cherries or melon — and finish crisp and clean. If you haven’t enjoyed a chilled glass of...

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Do You Take This Wine?: How to Choose the Perfect Wedding WIne

Whether you’re the bride, the bridesmaid, or the mother of the bride, you will likely find yourself asking questions like these: “Which wines should we have at our wedding, and should we just have wine, and how much wine should we have…?” Planning a wedding and reception can become a mind boggling, time consuming, anxiety producing nightmare if you don’t impose some limits, and some budget guidelines, right off the bat. The best advice for brides/friends/parents is “Keep It Simple.” Offer a selection of a few wines at a price point you can handle; a few beers that you...

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Seven Simple Tips for Food and Wine Pairings

If you’re stressing about creating the perfect wine and food pairings for your next dinner — don’t! Matching wine with food isn’t nearly as complicated as you think. There are no “rules” you need to memorize: just a few guidelines that will help you discover your own perfect pairings. Here are seven simple hints to help you: –    Pair light with light and heavy with heavy. We’re talking about body here, as in light-bodied foods with light-bodied wines. If you’re serving delicately-flavored white fish, choose a delicate white wine such as Pinot Grigio or Muscadet. If your entree is...

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Be My (Wine) Valentine

Valentines Day doesn’t have to be all about candy and flowers. The way to a man’s (or woman’s) heart may be through a great bottle of wine. After all, what’s more romantic than a bottle of wine and two glasses? Add candlelight, and you’ve hit a Valentines home run. It’s easy to pick something that will suit any palate, or any partner. If you want to “go pink” for the occasion, choose an elegant Brut Rose sparkling wine. These bubblies are crisp and fresh but not sweet, with delicate berry flavors and a beautiful pink color.  Serve it ice...

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