Christmas Cookie Pairing Time

One of my favorite childhood memories is making Christmas cookies. It was an annual tradition and we had a set menu: chocolate crinkles, cut-outs, snickerdoodles, snowballs, and probably a few others I’m forgetting. We also made fudge and divinity if it wasn’t too humid for the candy to set. When we made the cut-outs my siblings and I each got a pan of cookies to decorate, and then of course we got to eat them when they were finished! I always preferred the smaller cookies (especially the candy cane shaped ones!) because they were a little crunchier than the others. The cookies were, of course, left out for Santa on Christmas Eve and featured prominently on Christmas morning, when we ate cookies and candy for breakfast because my mom was too busy to make breakfast.

Holiday Gift Guide Update

It’s that time again! The holiday season is so magical and fun, but it can also be stressful. You have to find the perfect gift for everyone in your life, from your parents to your spouse to your kids to your cousin’s brother’s sister’s nephew’s teacher. The Sugar Vine is here to take that weight off your shoulders! We’ve pulled together all the best wine and dessert gifts for everyone in your life. Just grab a glass of wine and start clicking!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I am overwhelmed with gratitude this year for all of the many blessings in my life. At the top of my grateful list is the opportunity to share my love for dessert and wine with others. This may sound simple, and even a little trivial, but there is so much wrapped up...

Cookie Butter Desserts You Can Serve at Thanksgiving

Personally, my favorite way to eat cookie butter is by the spoonful, straight out of the jar. Seriously. Give me a jar of crunchy cookie butter for Trader Joe’s and a glass of chardonnay, and I’m a happy camper. Unfortunately, not everyone feels this way and if you’re...

Thanksgiving Wines to Take You From Dinner to Dessert

Thanksgiving is all about the pie, am I right? Okay, there’s dinner, too; but really the turkey, ham, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and rolls are really just a means to a sweet and satisfying end: pie. If your family is anything like mine, everyone has a favorite pie that...

Pie Season has Arrived!

Halloween is over, November is here, and that means one thing: we can all start gorging ourselves on pie! This is one of my favorite times of year because pie comes front and center in the dessert world. At other times of the year, most people think of cake, cookies, and ice cream when they want dessert, but in November it. Is. All. Pie. Pumpkin, lemon meringue, coconut cream, pecan, apple, cherry, buttermilk, you can have any flavor you want, any crust you want, and as much of it as you want!

A Spooky Halloween Themed Pairing Party

If you’re looking to have some fun at this year’s Halloween party, consider doing a spooky wine and dessert pairing party. With just a few tweaks to a traditional pairing party, you can give your guests a great time.

Let’s Talk: Flaky Pie Pastries

There are few things in this world better than a flaky, buttery, pie crust covered in a rich, sweet filling. It’s a little crunchy, a little chewy, and just melts in your mouth as you savor the delicious taste. Pastries are intimidating to many people because the dough has to have just the right proportions of ingredients and then it has to be mixed just enough to evenly distribute the fat and liquid into the flour, but not so much that it becomes tough.

October is…Wine Month

Wow. October is a very popular month for celebrating wine. Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Sonoma County all celebrate wine month in October. To honor the month, today we’re going to talk a little about what makes wines from each location special. First up, we’ll...

Fall Wine Events

Now that the weather is cooling down some, it’s time to get out and enjoy some wine festivals! Fall is a busy time for wine events in Texas, especially October, which just so happens to be Texas Wine Month.