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make mom merry
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make mom merry

As we all toast moms today, a great celebration of women is Merry Edwards wine.  First, it’s made by Merry who’s a pioneer woman winemaker (in 1973, she was one of only three women who graduated from UC Davis). Second, her absolutely delicious Sauvignon Blanc is packed with zesty pineapple but balanced with a round body, … Continue reading

derby day drinks
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derby day drinks

Who cares if the race itself only lasts two minutes? The hours before (and after) are even more fun because they’re julep-filled. Mint juleps are delicious and so pretty, traditionally served out of these awesome silver cups (I use them for flowers afterwards). They’re really easy to make too: Muddle 1/2 an ounce of simple … Continue reading

cocktail friend: martini rubino and bianco
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cocktail friend: martini rubino and bianco

In Greek and Roman times, aromatized wines were created for health purposes. Leapfrog to the 19th century, when Luigi Rossi learned about herbs from village families and had his own liquor shop in Turin where he supplied botanicals to bigger distilleries. Alessandro Martini was his partner, who traveled the world to ensure global distribution. And so, … Continue reading

sipping through sicily
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sipping through sicily

Having been ruled throughout history by the Greeks, Romans, Normans, Muslims, Spanish, Piedmontese, and even a few others, Sicily’s an island with a total mix of cultures. All those cultures had various levels of interest in and production of wine, so Sicily’s indigenous grapes have fluctuated in popularity against international varities. For most of the … Continue reading