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I am fortunate. Supportive, loving family and friends. A glass or two of Franco Serra Barbera D’Alba to chase the chill of a wintry Monday night. What could be better? A “W” for my team — the Detroit Lions — in their contest against the Baltimore Ravens. Oh, and the lucky Mega Million ticket. Check out this post from another who likes to drink wine, but doesn’t like to pay a lot for… Read More

Since, my family and friends had much to celebrate on July 4, we had quite a selection of kid- and adult-friendly beverages on hand. Two favorites emerged. First, my girlfriend and fellow mom, Christy, treated us to Dailys Cocktails Ready-to-Drink pouches. Just like it says on the packaging, all one has to do is freeze and enjoy. I tried the Pina Colada mix. The frozen concoction was so refreshing while watching fireworks… Read More

I am partial to anything vinted or brewed in Michigan. The Mitten produces extraordinary wine and beer. With that said, I recommend Vinosesso De Angelis Cantina del Vino 2010. This combination red is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 30% Cabernet Franc.

DI have another recommendation for you. After putting my two angels to bed, I decided to open a bottle of Tres Picos Borsao Garnacha 2009 I purchased at the end of February. I must say the glass or two on the back patio while watching the twilight hum was the perfect night cap to a spectacular day. Related previous posts … Twilight Hum Drink It: Las Rocas de San Alejandro Garnacha Calatayud… Read More

A few moments ago, I came across an excerpt from a quote George Clooney gave during a speech in Houston, recently … “Never mix grain with grape.” As I sit drinking my glass of TerreDomini’s Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2009 that quote takes me back to those first few weekends of freshman year at Western Michigan University. The irony is wine consumption was limited to whatever was the cheapest (i.e. Boones Farm, Mad Dog 20/20, Bartles&Jaymes, etc.) and tasted… Read More

Happy hour struck about 30 minutes ago. Prompted by a long-time college friend and wine consultant, Dan Stockman, I uncorked the said bottle of Garnacha in the title to this post. It has been waiting for consumption since February. Garnacha and other wines from Spain have been at the top of my list since a visit to Sangria’s of Royal Oak.  There — in the company of two best friends and my… Read More

I love wine. Call it genetics. After all, I am 50-percent Italian; and Italians make some of the best the world has to offer. But, to me, it has that something special that makes a meal, a family party, a conversation with a dear friend, or a romantic night out. And, just like with food I do not discriminate. Sometimes I wish I did. But, like my dad, I love it all: red, white, dry,… Read More

This wine cooler recipe from Whole Foods might work well for your holiday celebrations this weekend or for Mother’s Day.  1 bottle white wine 1 cup raspberries 1 liter sparkling water Mix ingredients in your favorite glass carafe or pitcher, add plenty of ice and serve.