• Fortified Wines in my Pantry Marsala, port, sherry, vermouth
    Recipes,  Slow Cooker Simplicity,  Soups & Stews,  Wine

    Introduction to Cooking With Wine

    A wine labeled “cooking wine” is usually an inferior wine that would not be drunk on its own.  It typically lacks distinction, and ironically, flavor.  Sometimes they are loaded in salt and preservatives. A good home chef will never use these products, but instead use a good quality wine, they would drink on its own.   Be sure to use wine which compliments the food with which it is paired. That being said, there is no need to spend a fortune on wine destined for sauces and stews.  Some of those $10 bottles can taste delicious and will make a significant difference in your cooking applications. Alternative to wine If you…

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    5 Tips for Hosting A Wine Tasting

    I love going to vineyards and wine tastings, which have provided first hand experience on the techniques for proper wine tasting. After visiting dozens of vineyards, AND actually HOSTING my own wine tasting. I want to share my knowledge with you. Believe or not, I hosted two tastings as an adult fellowship program at our home church back in Georgia. The wine events were very popular.  For such a small congregation, I think we had almost all the adults show up. Preparing for the event was fun!  Most importantly, I also had to consider what wine to taste. What country? What varietal? Was the tasting going to have a theme?…

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    Wine and Shopping in Highlands, NC

    Sampling various wines and shopping throughout the beautiful town of Highlands, North Carolina, with my husband – made for one of the most pleasant Saturday’s ever!   Sip and Shop Saturday was just one of the events at the 2017 Highlands Food and Wine Festival. Edible Upcountry and Edible Asheville Magazines partnered with the Highlands Chamber of Commerce arranging for local businesses to showcase a wine from Tryon Distribution. Each wine was paired with a particular gourmet food, courtesy of Gourmet Foods International. Ticket buyers were given a complimentary glass and a tasting program at the box office. We were free to stroll up and down Main Street with our glasses and…

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    Enhance Your National Wine Day

    National Wine Day (Wednesday, May 25), I thought I would give some of my best wine recommendations and hints. Wine Choices If you are new to wine, you should probably determine what flavors you might like before you go shopping.  If you like hearty, full flavored, bold type of drinks, you may like RED wine better.  However, if you tend to order fruity cocktails and enjoy light, crisp type of drinks, WHITE or ROSE wines would suite you better.  This is just a guideline, not a rule.  I typically like white or rose; however, I have purchased mild oak flavored red wine too. Do I Serve Wine Cold or Warm?…