Axios Napa Valley

October 4, 2014

Sips of the Week This week Laurie talks with Gus Kalaris, owner of Axios Wines about his newest offerings from the Kalaris Family Vineyards. We’ll find out more about the 2014 harvest California and, of course, we tasted a few of his new wines. Gus Kalaris is the founder and owner of Constantine Wines, a 28 […]

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On Location in Sonoma

September 30, 2014

Interviews  This week Laurie interviewed Jordan Vineyards Executive Chef Todd Knoll on location at the winery in Healdsburg, CA to learn more about the culinary program. Born into a military family in 1969, Executive Chef Todd Knoll was raised in Hawaii and draws inspiration from his childhood home, as well as Asia, when creating menus […]

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Pio Cesare Winery

September 30, 2014

 Sips of the Week This week Laurie interviewed Cesare Benvenuto of Pio Cesare Winery at the 2014 Hershey Food & Wine Festival. They tasted the following wines and talked about what makes the wines of Piedmont, Italy so special and legendary! Pio Cesare Arneis, Langhe, Italy Winemaker’s Tasting Notes: Slightly aromatic, with reach and ripe […]

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Host a SPIRITed Football Party

September 29, 2014

Recipe for Beer Candied Bacon:

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Fast Food Wine Pairings

September 13, 2014

Sips of the Week This week we’re going to pair wine with some unlikely choices from some of your favorite fast food chains. If you like to indulge every now and then with a burger and fries or maybe a burrito, we are going to explore the perfect wine to drink with it. So before […]

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East Coast Winning Wines

September 7, 2014

Sips of the Week Think the best wines only come from the West Coast? Think again! This week Carl Brandhorst joined us from the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) with some of the 2014 winning wines from all over the East Coast—GA, MD, NY and, yes, even Laurie’s home state of NJ! Then we’ll find […]

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The Wines of Alsace & Your Wine Questions

August 30, 2014

Sips of the Week 2012 Wilm Pinot Gris, Alsace France $14 Winemaker’s Notes: Pale golden yellow. Elegant nose, peach and apricots notes. Light, round, good structure, good persistence, yellow fruits aromas. PAIRING Smoked fish, game, white meats in sauce, roast pork or veal, artichokes, mushroom–‐based dishes. Serve at 48–‐43 degrees Fahrenheit. Lucien Albrecht Crement d’Alsace […]

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Cliff Lede Vineyards: Terroir, Stags Leap District & Drought

August 16, 2014

Listen to show podcast by Clicking here: Listen now! Sips of the Week Laurie talks to Remi Cohen of Cliff Lede Vineyards about the terroir of Stags Leap District, Viticulture and the 2014 drought in CA. With Remi Cohen in the role of Vice President of Operations overseeing winegrowing, production, and national distribution, Cliff Lede […]

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Summer Sippers & Farmstead Grill

August 14, 2014

Listen to show podcast by Clicking here: Listen now! Sips of the Week Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand $25 Winemaker’s Notes: Perched right on the hilltops overlooking Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, Loveblock is far removed from the agricultural bustle in the valley below.  Loveblock is charged with creating the best wine to express this extraordinary […]

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Tales of the Cocktail 2014

August 4, 2014

Featured Interview Laurie was visited by John Reusing, owner of Bad Decisions, to hear all about the recent Tales of the Cocktail conference in New Orleans. John shared some of his favorite finds, cocktails and stories from the week as they sipped and Ideal Cocktail and a traditional daiquiri made with El Dorado 12yr old […]

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Deadly Dining Disasters

July 31, 2014

Laurie appeared on Fox 45 WBFF to talk about the Don’ts of food and wine pairings so you can avoid them!

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Soulshine Tour & Grilling Tips

July 29, 2014

Featured Interview Laurie caught up with two of the founders of Ca’ Momi Winery in Napa Valley, Dario De Conti and Valentina, atthe Soulshine concert in NYC. The Soulshine Tour is bringing together Yoga, the music of Michael Franti and Spearhead and the delicious wines of Ca’ Momi.  Ca’ Momi Do It For The Love […]

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