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Monthly Archives: November 2012

  • Slow-Cooker Sausage and Vegetable Risotto

    Risotto usually requires endless stirring, but slow cookers can do a lot of the work, with surprisingly good results. 4 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 3/4 pound sweet Italian sausages, casings removed 3 tablespoons water 5 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice 1/2 cup dry white wine 2 cups arborio rice Read More

    Posted in Recipes and Pairings


  • Too Hot, Too Cold!

    What’s the best temperature to serve a wine?  The age old response to the question is to serve white wines cold and red wines at room temperature.  But in this case not only is traditional wisdom out of synch with recent university studies, it’s also vague and misleading.  First and foremost, what is room temperature?  Read More

    Posted in Interesting Wine Info


  • Don’s October Collector Series Top Picks

    I’m hooked on the big, beautiful red wines of Spain’s Priorat.  And a recent trip to Spainis just prolonging the affair.  Consequently, my first Top Pick for the month is Scala Dei’s 2004 Cartoixa Priorat – this venerable estate’s top rated wine. The 2004 Cartoixa Priorat is a powerful, polished wine that positively sings from Read More

    Posted in Featured Selections

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