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.

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%...

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.