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1 ½ ounces El Jimador blanco tequila ¾ ounce Canton ginger liqueur ½ ounce pineapple juice ½ ounce agave nectar ½ ounce lime juice Chipotle powder (Availabe at the Colony Crossing Kroger) Coarse salt For rimming glass:  Combine two tablespoons...
I love whiskey cocktails in the winter.  Here’s one we like a lot! The Toasted Drop 1/2 ounce Limoncello 1/2 ounce Amaretto 1 1/2 ounce rye whiskey Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a cocktail glass rimmed with...
In the fall I love to drink Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (more than any other time of year anyway).  So I like to prepare meals that allow me to drink either or, better yet, both!  One of those dishes is...
One of my absolute favorite things to sup upon in the cold months is a good ol’ pot roast.  I do mine in a crock pot with a lot of liquid so that the final product is really almost like...
As the holidays approach and our pace picks up, scurrying around preparing for all the friends and family gatherings, we will undoubtedly buy all sorts of the meats, vegetables, stuffings, fruits, and desserts that we are accustomed to enjoying during...
A few years ago I was down in Puerto Rico consulting with Wyndham’s El Conquistador Resort on their wine program (I know, tough gig, right?)  Well at most of their several restaurants on the property I kept seeing this flat...
Legendary California vintners Roy Cecchetti and Bob Broman have teamed up once again to create a wine company that produces consistent, top quality, value-priced wines at a time when everyone needs good value!  First there was Redtree and Line 39...
Syrah (Shiraz) drinkers don’t mind having Cabernet Sauvignon drinkers turn their noses up at us. That’s because we’re hogging some of the most impressive – and affordable – red wines on the planet! To a person who works in wine...
These last weeks of summer are relentlessly miserable – baking hot and dry as a desert. We think this refreshing, classic cocktail is perfect for easing the transition into cooler days and nights. Pimm’s is an English gin-based herbal liqueur...
La Vielle Ferme Rouge, Cotes du Ventoux ($9.99) – A Rhone-styled wine from Provence, this is a little lighter than Cotes-du-Rhone and a good alternative to Pinot Noir.  This is perhaps the perfect red wine for parties.  87 points –...