It’s Cocktail Hour!

I know this may sound crazy, but every so often you’ll discover someone who doesn’t like wine. You have two choices at this point: 1) Run away and never speak to them again, or 2) Convert them. You can go whichever way you choose but I prefer the second option. A...

Time to Think about Turkey

Happy Halloween! Are you trick or treating, handing out candy, or hanging out drinking wine and eating candy tonight? I’m multitasking and doing the 2nd and third options. If you need some ideas, check out this handy pairing graphic from Traveling Vineyard. Now,...

The Science Behind a Classic Pairing

Wine and cheese. It’s a classic pairing, like peanut butter and jelly but better. You may have had a cheese plate with a wine flight a dozen times, but do you know why your taste buds are so happy when you do? If you’re not curious now, stop reading. Grab a cheese...

The Sugar Vine’s Store is Here!!!

Hello, hello, hello! How’s the weather where you’re at? Here in Houston we just had our first cool front come through this week and, while it’s not cold by any stretch of the imagination, the temperature is FINALLY under 90 degrees! So I’m a happy camper. I’m also...

All pumpkin, all the time

I know I’m going against popular opinion here, but I don’t love pumpkin. I can appreciate the craft behind a good, homemade pumpkin pie but for some reason I’ve never really enjoyed the taste. However, I realize I’m in the minority here, given that pumpkin spice...

Warmth and sweetness in apple form

If you’ve followed me for long, you probably know that apple desserts and wine are some of my favorite pairings. The spices that are often used in apple desserts, like cinnamon and nutmeg, balance the sweetness of the dessert and often marry well with similar flavors...

Bold and Savory- The Perfect BBQ Pairing

“Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.” Andre Simon As promised, we’ll be doing a mix of savory and sweet wine pairings on TSV from now on. As much as I love dessert, I really want you to have some ideas in your back...

We’re Ba-ack!

Hello, hello, hello!!! I couldn’t be more excited to be back typing to you after a little hiatus. For those of you who have been around for a while, you know that The Sugar Vine has been offline for a little while. I needed to do some work on the website and spend...

Pumpkin Pie Bars- The Solution to your Pumpkin Pie Craving

Do you love pumpkin pie? Do you hate the trouble of making pie crust? I have the solution to your conundrum today with pumpkin pie bars. The filling has a very similar texture and flavor to pumpkin pie but it has a shortbread crust, which is super easy to mix. The crust gives the bars a slight crunch to complement the gooiness of the filling, so you have a creamy, crunchy pumpkin dessert to satisfy your craving.

Get Your AM Pumpkin Fix with Pumpkin Bread

Raise your hand if you’ve ever eaten pumpkin pie for breakfast. Be honest! Don’t worry, you’re not alone; tons of pumpkin lovers have had dessert for breakfast, too. If you’re trying to break this habit, or just looking for a new way to get your pumpkin fix, I have you covered. This pumpkin bread has all the flavor you love from pumpkin pie but in bread form, which makes it a perfect breakfast treat, or afternoon snack. This is a nice, dense bread with a spicy, savory flavor that can pair with coffee or a mimosa.

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