I finally found it!

December 7th, 2008 posted by

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Every year I ask my sister Kathy what I should bring for Thanksgiving dinner and her answer is always “Just yourselves.” Despite what she says, I usually try to think of something that will survive the 90-minute drive and be ready to serve…WINE!

Not exactly an original idea, I know, but what kind to bring has fueled some debate. Should I focus on bringing something to go with the turkey? Or should I bring a good Cabernet Sauvignon? A dry white? Sweet? Semi-sweet? It is hard to please everyone with just a couple bottles, and I certainly didn’t want to commit a social faux pas by bringing a wine that was “so last season” (and don’t pretend you don’t know what I mean. Remember Merlot, Chardonnay, White Zinfandel, heck … I could go as far back as Chablis!).

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Buy local this Saturday, Nov. 22

November 21st, 2008 posted by

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The older I get, the more I’ve come to appreciate things that are handmade, especially those items made locally. Whenever I can, I try to buy things from local places as opposed to the chain stores. That’s not to say you won’t see me at the Lehigh Valley Mall or The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. I love those places too. But I’ve come to value the person behind the product; to meet the lady that bakes the pies, grows the vegetables or makes the homemade soaps.

This Saturday, Nov. 22, is your chance to do the same on “Buy Local Day,” also known as “America Unchained” day. It’s part of a national campaign to get people to consider shopping in their own downtowns from locally owned and operated stores, shops and restaurants. They predict that if all of us would purchase our goods locally for just one day, it would have a considerable impact on local economies all over the country.

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Nouveau Sunday

November 17th, 2008 posted by

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My friends and I attended Nouveau weekend at three area wineries this weekend and they were all “new” to us. Get it? New. Nouveau. Anywho …

We did the Northern part of the wine trail, stopping at Franklin Hill Vineyards, Sorrenti Cherry Valley Vineyards and Big Creek Vineyard. Each winery had their new harvest wine and a food pairing.

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Wine and chocolate

October 24th, 2008 posted by

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OK. I admit it. I like a glass of wine every now and then. OK … more like a couple times a week. I’m not a big spender when it comes to wine but I know what I like. Usually I check out the “specials” section of the local liquor store and am drawn to anything under $10 with a pretty label. I’m such a girl.

Anyway, when I want to treat myself, I head out to Vynecrest in Breinigsville, just outside of Allentown. They make a sweet and tart cherry wine that is awesome. It’s not the kind of thing you drink with a meal. It’s a dessert wine called Cherry DiVyne.

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