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Growing up in New Jersey I thought the Poconos was synonymous with honeymoons that featured heart shaped tubs and the haunting jingle of the Mt Airy Lodge commercials. So if you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway full of gourmet food, world class wine...

Looking to create a romantic evening for Valentine’s Day?  Consider a wine and chocolate pairing. High-quality, artisanal chocolate is key to creating an amazing pairing, so I consulted with Baltimore’s chocolate maven, Susannah Siger of Ma Petite Shoe, who suggested a few chocolates from up-and-coming...

Fifty-eight million pounds and over $345 million dollars—that’s the amount of chocolate purchased the week ofcredit m_bartoschValentine’s Day. So, chances are, if you have a valentine (or even if you don’t) you are going to be indulging in some chocolate on Cupid’s Day. ...

Ever wonder when you are supposed to use that beautiful decanter on your shelf? Don't worry, you're not alone. There are many different opinions about when to decant wine.  Some people advocate decanting only older wines while others see benefits from decanting young reds. I...

These are said to have been the last words of John Maynard Keynes, English economist and father of macroeconomics. For a wine to have so profoundly touched the heart of this famous number cruncher there must be something magical about this beverage. Although there is...

Wine is a perfect, thoughtful gift for many occasions. Here are some tips to make sure your offering is welcome: Always tasteful. From housewarmings to birthdays, French Champagne or nice sparkling wine like Italian Prosecco or Spanish Cava is always a safe bet. For something a...

The Soiree fits in the neck of the bottle. As you pour, the wine is exposed to oxygen in a specially designed glass chamber. With this aerator, you can see the wine as it travels through the chamber, making the aeration fun to watch. Soiree...

Last week on the "Living Today" show on Martha Stewart Radio, Mario Bosquez and I explored some great holiday wines. We tasted the wines listed below and talked about some great food pairings. To simplify your shopping we discussed some great gift ideas for the cork dork...