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Halloween Candy & Wine Pairing Extravaganza

It's Halloween time once again—time for costumes, time for candy, and why not also make it time for a glass of wine? If you think a glass of vino with a candy bar is passé, think again. Vineyards all over the country are on board, hosting posh Halloween parties with candy pairings as part of the festivities. Taking it a step further from fruity flavors work with white and chocolate goes with red, here are some tips for matching the flavors in your Halloween candy bowl (or candy anytime of...
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Recent Articles

How to Pair with Great Wines!

This is of course a bit biased, and I didn't even include three of my favorite wines, Bordeaux, Chianti, and Barbera, but the point here was to try and highlight what I think are the greatest wines...
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RiceSelect™ Layered Rice Pudding  

Preparation: Combine egg and milk in 2-quart saucepan. Whisk to combine; add pudding mix; continue whisking until dissolved. Stir in rice, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook and stir over medium...
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Grab a Riesling and Relax!

Riesling can be a challenging wine for consumers. It’s not that the wines are difficult to enjoy or pair with food, it’s simply because, uniquely among the world’s wines, Riesling is...
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Earlier Articles

RiceSelect™ Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake


Preparation: Butter a 10-inch spring form pan. Combine crust ingredients and press in bottom and partially up sides of pan. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350o F. Using a food processor, purée cooked Arborio, sweetened... Read more »

5 Course Chicken Dinner

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I have my reasons, which are few but important, but at home I rarely cook chicken. I sit in Italy eating chicken as I formulate these ideas in my head, and it's precisely because of this chicken that I am eating that I rarely eat chicken while at... Read more »

Wine-Friendly Pumpkin Recipes


Pumpkin, so emblematic of the end of the summer and entry into Autumn. It's among the last of the great harvests, just in time for Halloween and right through Thanksgiving pumpkins grace out stoops and our tables, but what can you really do with... Read more »

How easy is it to Pair Cabernet?


While Cabernet is really an all-season wine, it tends to come into its own as the weather cools. It’s not that it doesn’t pair with a great big steak sizzling of the BBQ, its that there are so many great pairing options with foods we rarely... Read more »

5 Wines for Prime Rib


If you’re looking to roast a whole ribeye roast for the first time, check out this recipe: http://eat.snooth.com/recipe-pairing-guide/r/prime-rib-with-horseradish-cream/ For a few years in the first decade of the 2000s, my buddy Paul and I... Read more »

Unusual Wine Bar Offerings


If you’ve been to a few wine bars, you’ve probably come to expect certain regulars on the food menu: assorted salumi and marinated olives; the requisite cheese plate; a selection of flat breads or crostini; maybe a pâté or two. While these... Read more »

Learning to Love Leeks

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Can you think of a less appreciated vegetable than the lowly leek? OK, kohlrabi is right in there but leeks have so much more going for them. tender, with an aromatic and deep onion flavor, leeks are a wonderful ingredient in soups, adding a... Read more »

Cooking With Quinoa!


“I ate too much quinoa last night.” Now that's not something you'll hear me say everyday. In fact I don't think I've ever said that prior to earlier this week. You see in a long standing effort to eat more healthily I've been doing things... Read more »

Cooking With Corn!

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I don't know what's happening in your neck of the woods, and with drought rather widespread this year I am scared to ask and hopeful that things are good, but her in the northeast we're having a banner year for some produce, and corn seems to be... Read more »

Grilling the Bounty of the Sea


While we may not be getting ready to put the grill away quite yet, this last gasp of summer, or the summer we almost had, does deserve a bit of celebratory grilling. As an avid griller, I grill well into the fall, and even the winter, though my... Read more »

Great Grilled Seafood and...?


Tomorrow I’ll be reviewing a handful of Assyrtikos from Santorini. Inarguably one of the great white wines of the world and one of the great grilled fish partners as well. I’ll be following that up with some fabulous suggestion for grilled... Read more »

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