Category Archives: DC

First Vine Wine Topics

Back before we started blogging, first vine was sending weekly e-mails with a recipe and a wine pairing.  And occasionally a discussion of a particular wine topic.  The more informational e-mails are now here on the blog as First Vine … Continue reading

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How First Vine Beats the Heat

Dang, it’s hot. The weather is supposed to break tonight, but you may not last that long without something tall, cool and refreshing.  So, quickly – run to Harris Teeter right now, pick up a watermelon and stick it in … Continue reading

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Farmer’s Markets & A Fresh Fruit Dessert for Summer

When you send out a weekly communication that includes a recipe year after year, as Tom and I have done, at a certain point you worry about running out of recipes.  So we have no qualms about hitting anyone and everyone up … Continue reading

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In Season/On Special: Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Although they always look elaborate and showy, one of the easiest entrees to prepare is some type of roast – be it beef, lamb or pork.  Right now, Safeway has pork tenderloin on special for $3.99/pound (which will save you … Continue reading

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Bricks and tomatoes — just a part of the history of Prohibition

If you watched the Ken Burns “Prohibition” series on PBS, you probably noticed that most of the bootleg alcohol people drank in the U.S. during those years was hard liquor rather than wine. As a confirmed wino, I felt a … Continue reading

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