2015 Girl Scout Cookie Wine Tasting Results

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 8.11.09 AMWe held our sixth annual Girl Scout cookie wine tastings this past weekend. As usual, we had a great time. As usual, we couldn’t tell which made us sillier – the wine or the cookies☺

We started out by tasting each wine paired with traditional wine-friendly appetizers (cheese, crackers and fruit). We then embarked on the wine and cookie pairing, tasting Wine 1 across all of the cookies, comparing notes, and then moving on to Wine 2. Continue reading

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Is It Time for a Wine Bath?


Vinotherapy – photo courtesy of conciergeetcetera.com

I just read an article about the sad fact that Mavericks player Amar’e Stoudemire is no longer taking wine baths. According to the NY Daily News, his 40-minutes baths — a mixture of red wine and water — were “a rejuvenation … [allowing him to] create more circulation in [his] red blood cells.”

A red wine bath? I was intrigued. So I did some serious googling to learn more. Continue reading

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OTBN 2015

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Our 2015 OTBN Gathering

Saturday was this year’s celebration of OTBN (Open That Bottle Night). “Created in 2000 by ‘Tastings’ columnists Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, ‘Open That Bottle Night’ is an annual occasion that aims to motivate people to reconnect with each other over a bottle, and create good memories with friends and family.” Continue reading

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Exploring the Sweet Wine Continuum (cont.)

port and madeiraThis is the third article in a three-part series on sweet wine. In the first article (“How Sweet Wines Are Made”), we looked at the different ways sweet wines are made. In the second article we started to stroll down Sweet Wine Lane, exploring the sweeter, lighter wines in the sweet wine continuum. In this article, we will enjoy the heavier sweet reds and fortified wines. Continue reading

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