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While trolling wikipedia in search of fun facts, I discovered that nearly every European country has a history of serving mulled wine around Christmas time. Whether its called Glühwein, vin chaud,kuhano vino, or karstvīns all the recipes are creepily similar, focusing on red wine mixed with ...

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  • December 23, 2011
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When you’re looking for an escape from the hectic pace of NYC (which, in case you were unaware, is like running a marathon naked in a blizzard–extremely difficult and damn cold), there’s no better escape than the Deep South, where everything moves nice and slow.  I recently broke out and headed ...

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  • December 21, 2011
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One thing I love about bars is their ability to bring an uuber-wide variety people together over a common, universally adored (or abhorred) element: alcohol.  I was reminded of this last week, as I sipped a glass of Moscato at Merchant’s Riverhouse, a petite abode along the Hudson River in ...

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  • December 19, 2011
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The scene is set: It’s been a long day, and the sun is setting as you walk home from work.  Your cat runs to the door to greet you. You’re tired, hungry, and (most importantly) thirsty. A great bottle of wine has been chilling for hours, just to make you smile. You walk to the […]

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  • December 11, 2011
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What’s in a name? A lot, if you’re Sweet Revenge, an easy-to-miss hole in the wall on Carmine Street renowned for its artisan cupcakes. The charming bistro was a welcome dry escape from the rain last week when I stopped in to test out their specials, and to save my hair from the wet rat […]

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  • December 7, 2011
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Roughly 30 seconds from the Graham Avenue L stop, there lies a treasure known to locals as Oak Wine Bar.  At first I thought hidden was the best word to describe the intimate hardwood bar, but as the tables filled up over my glass(es) of red on Wednesday, I realized popular is a more adequate ...

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  • November 30, 2011
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Nothing makes getting ready more fun than great company.  This past Saturday, that meant an Alsatian Riesling…and what great company she was.  Although I’m partial to German Rieslings (I blame fond memories tasting there…), the 2009 Réserve I tried over the weekend was excellent, and I highly ...

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  • November 27, 2011
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