Wine

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A Day Trip to Chile’s Maipo Wine Valley

One of the things I’ve come to appreciate this year, as far as wine is concerned, is the difference in each country’s wine regions, especially Maipo Valley.  But, Carin, can you really tell the difference in region simply tasting the wine?  I mean how many wine regions does one actually visit in the year.  Five.  I’ve…

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My Top 12 Favorite Minneapolis Entrees

When you leave home for a year, you generally anticipate missing friends, family, pets if you have them, the comforts of your own house, own bed.  What you don’t count on is how much you’ll miss your favorite meals when you can’t find them, your go-to restaurants, and those foodie comforts that hit the spot…

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Christmas Cookies & Wine Pairings

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year.  Everything in the city is lined with twinkle lights, Christmas music is blaring in every retail store (super win when it’s NSYNC’s Home for the Holidays album) and people tend to be happy all around.  The holiday brings about old traditions, one of which is baking…

Mendoza Wine Guide: 3 Days, 3 Nights

Most of us dream of places like Mendoza: beautiful mountains, peaceful countryside and handsome winemakers (maybe that’s just me?).  But let’s not forget about the wine itself, especially Mendoza’s most notable, the Malbec. I spent last weekend in Mendoza (rough, I know), an area I’ve wanted to explore for some time.  I’ve been to many…

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Top 10 2018 Food Trend Predictions

The moment we foodies have all been waiting for….2018 food trends.  Okay, maybe that’s just me.  Either way, I just read about 20 fascinating articles on what’s predicted to hit the shelves and make it’s way to your mouth next year.  Believe me when I say my jaw dropped.  My guess is yours will, too….

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Thanksgiving Side Dishes & Wine Pairings

Thanksgiving is a foodie’s dream holiday.  Well, one of the most notable food holidays of the year anyway. Yes, we love turkey day, but it’s really all about the sides, isn’t it? Every year, I look forward to the many side dishes that surround my slices of turkey as well as the other critical must-haves: stretchy…

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Best Wine Bars in Palermo

At some point, shortly after my arrival to Buenos Aires, my mind automatically shifted to wine. Why? Well, take for instance the fact that I lived in Asia for four months where trying to find a good glass of wine was harder than hanging out with herds of elephants.  (Yes, I did, in fact, do…

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Malbec & Meal Pairings

Malbec, Argentina’s claim to fame wine, is a go-to choice for both pairings and stand-alone sipping.  I suppose it’s a great thing that I’m living in Argentina for the next two months, isn’t it?  Malbec and I are bound to take our relationship to the next level and make some great memories during the time…

Summer Wine Slushies

Pairs Well With… 4th of July celebrations + Summertime sunshine + Friends + Cheer Summertime cocktails are the best, especially the wine kind.  They hit the spot and taste so refreshing on a hot summer’s day.  Add a few friends, sunshine and some patio chairs on the deck and you’ve got yourself summer happy hour.  These…