This refreshing take on a classic margarita features muddled cucumber, making it perfect for summer. The cucumber brings out green notes in the tequila, and balances the tartness of the lime. When the temperature is above 80, cool off with one of these.

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Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

No sub-titles needed… The estate of Zaccagnini is located within Abruzzo, about two and a half hours east of Rome. Abruzzo borders the region of Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and southwest, Molise to the southeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the east. While Abruzzo is not Broadway or Hollywood with sun-glassed theatre and movie star types, …

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Be Well Red

Modus Operandi Petite Sirah Originating in late 19th-century France and a cross between Syrah and Peloursin the grape “Durif” somehow made its way to California. It started being bottled as a single varietal in 1961, and many believe that the 2010 vintage is the absolute best so far. I think awesome Petite Sirah offers a cool change-up to big, expensive …

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New Favorite Cocktail

As someone who is always in favor of simplicity, I’ve mashed the flavor concepts of an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan and stripped away all the unnecessary mixology flourishes. The result is strikingly easy and incredibly good: Put one large ice cube in a rocks glass Add one part Aperol Add three parts Bourbon (I used Elmer T Lee 90 …

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William Shatner Talks Wine

Unoaked or oaked? Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay? William Shatner, host of Brown Bag Wine Tasting, on why he’s so fascinated by wine. Read the full article here.

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Work Those Mussels

When the temperature starts to approach the red line, you need quick, but delicious food ideas. There are interesting, delicious dishes you can prepare, but the thought of the complex ingredients, exotic spices and the work, plus the heat from the cooktop—well, who needs it! Here’s a dish that my sons just love and it’s all ready in at about …

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Sparkling wine from New Mexico?

Yes indeed. In 1983, the Gruet family was traveling through the Southwestern part of the United States, and while in New Mexico met a group of European winemakers who had successfully planted vineyards near the town of Truth or Consequence, New Mexico. The land was inexpensive and the opportunity golden. In 1984, Gilbert Gruet, whose Champagne house, Gruet et Fils …

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Schramsberg Vineyards

Jacob Schram came from a winemaking family. In 1862, after immigrating to the US and barbering for many years to support his family, Jacob purchased a large piece of land on the mountainsides of the Napa Valley. He was going to be a part of the emerging efforts by many fellow German countrymen in the Napa Valley to make wine; …

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The British Are Not Coming… Part One: It’s About American Beer

It’s always been an American craft: around 1587 Virginia colonists brewed Ale using corn, American “help wanted” ads appear in London looking for brewers to join the colonies, Adrian Block and Hans Christiansen establish the first known brewery in the New World on the southern tip of New Amsterdam (Manhattan), born in Block & Christiansen’s brewhouse, Jean Vigne grows up …

Chelsea Wine VaultThe British Are Not Coming… Part One: It’s About American Beer

Besos Desde El Bierzo

Spain has offered us terrific wines, especially over the last 20 years. While it has more acres of vineyards planted than most other countries, only Rioja and maybe, recently, Ribera del Duero come to most of our minds when we think of Spain. We should, however, add Bierzo to that list! Bierzo? A small, ancient region in the northwestern corner …

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