Back to School Gift Guide Update

It’s that time again! It’s August so everyone is gearing up to head back to school. For some people this is a welcome break from having kids at home; for others it’s the end of a relaxing summer. Whichever group you fall in, we’ve got some fun new gift ideas for your kids’ favorite teacher, your over 21 wine and dessert loving college student, or yourself.

Delicious Cake Takes Your Day from Average to Great

Special occasion cakes are a great way to celebrate big events- weddings, anniversaries, graduations, and more. These cakes are works of art and incredible. But the cakes that really get me are the simple ones. A delicious, creamy frosting on top of a tender, moist cake with a simple but refreshing decoration of berries is the perfect way to treat yourself in the middle of the week. This cake took a family’s evening dinner from average to great and encouraged them to spend more time enjoying each other’s company.

Don’t Let Your Desserts Melt in the Heat

Summer causes such a conundrum- you want to be outside at the pool, beach, or lounging in the shade; but it’s tough to have food outside because it’s so crazy hot. So what are you supposed to do? Stay inside and miss out on all the summer fun? Have fun outside and track water and dirt in when you want a snack? Skipping dessert certainly isn’t an option! It takes a little work but it is possible to have fun in the sun and have delicious desserts outdoors.

Let’s Talk Wine: Acidity

Today I wanted to spend a little time talking about acidity in wine. It’s a word that gets thrown around a lot but when I was first starting out drinking wine I really didn’t know what it meant. I always just took people’s word for it that wine was high or low in acidity but didn’t understand how that affected its taste or how it paired with food. So if you feel this way but haven’t wanted to admit it to anyone, we’re going to clear things up today.

Marques de Murrieta Rioja

Who wants to go to Spain?! While it’s usually overshadowed by Italy and France, Spain is a major wine producing country with vineyards all around the country. Rioja is a region in north central Spain that specializes in producing Tempranillo. In Rioja, more than 75%...

Staying Cool with Summer Desserts

In case you haven’t heard, it is HOT! Summer is the time for pools, cold drinks, and ice cream, but 3 months of ice cream can get a little old, so I’ve rounded up a few great ideas for perfect summertime treats.

How to “Get Into” Wine

One of the most common questions I get is how to “get into” wine. There’s something about wine that’s intimidating to people. Maybe it’s the number of options in even a small wine section at the store, or the way a small group of people have made it seem like only sommeliers can select a good bottle. And I get it- before I started drinking wine I thought it was either gross or too expensive to get something good. It took several years and a lot of trial and error to learn what I like. I managed it, though, and you can, too.

Perfectly Patriotic Strawberry Tarts

Independence Day is almost here and I am making the best tarts to celebrate. Picture it: the filling from my old fashioned strawberry pie and the tart dough from my mom’s cherry tarts into one juicy, sweet, flaky, delicious dessert. Are you ready for it?

French Sancerre vs New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

So this month in the wine series we’re having two wines instead of one! We are going to put French Sancerre up against New Zealand sauvignon blanc to see which one is better. Sancerre is a region in France known for sauvignon blanc wine, while New Zealand is more of an up and comer. While the wines are made with the same grape they do have distinctive characteristics that may make you prefer one of the wines over the other.

Black and White Layer Cake

I’m not going to lie- this month’s cake is HUGE. We’re talking 3 baking sheet sized layers of cake, plus filling and frosting. It’s the perfect cake to make for a summer get together. It’ll feed about 30 people, it’s easy to make (don’t be intimidated by the size), and pretty much everyone enjoys the classic chocolate and vanilla flavors.