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Moving on up like George and Weezy


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photo courtesy of wikipedia Just to be clear, I’m not bi-polar. And unofficially, neither is one of my close family members. But he sure seems to exhibit a textbook description of bipolarism. For years growing up, my family member would either be the sweetest guy in the world, or the biggest […]

Living a Bi-Polar Life






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. Every year we’re faced with the all-important question of which wines to serve on Thanksgiving day.  Not just during Thanksgiving dinner but throughout the day.  As we get together to give thanks on this American holiday, it’s useful to point out how France helped shape our history.  Not only […]

Thanksgiving Wine Ideas from Languedoc







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. . Strawberry and Almond Spinach Salad INGREDIENTS 1 LB baby spinach leaves, washed 1/2 cup sliced green onions 1/3 cup slivered almonds, drizzled with honey and slightly toasted 1 cup sliced strawberries 2-3 TBSP chopped fresh dill INGREDIENTS FOR DRESSING: 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup sugar or […]

Holiday Wine+Food Pairing Recipes


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By the time people reach 80 years old they’re most likely retired or taking it easy somewhere with grandchildren.  Not John Shackford—he still runs Shackford’s in downtown Napa roaming the aisles answering any question about anything and everything related to kitchen gadgetry.  John is a walking encyclopedia of kitchen knowledge […]

Shackford’s: The Best Kitchen Store in America