Category Archives: wine

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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South of our usual destination

Some of you have been asking when we’re going to stop going on and on about France and get to some other wine-producing countries.  Like Spain, for instance.  And with good reason – Spain has great wines.  I got to … Continue reading

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Saturnalia, Yule and Wassail oh my!

Saturnalia , the ancient celebration of winter solstice and feast of Saturn, sounds like a real hum dinger. During the holiday, restrictions were relaxed and the social order inverted. Gambling was allowed in public. Slaves were permitted to use dice … Continue reading

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Sweet & Savory Melon Salad

I always enjoy seeing, reading or listening to Nigella Lawson.  First of all, she is funny.  Very, very funny – which comes across in print or broadcast.   Second, her recipes and ideas are among the most inspirational to me.  They … Continue reading

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Beyond Baby Carrots

Even though when I see one I nearly keel over with boredom, I’ll admit I sometimes fall prey to serving the ubiquitous crudite platter using the *most* uninspired vegetables.  Veggies always seem like an afterthought when you’re putting together an appetizer … Continue reading

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Easy as … Soup

If you’re anything like us (and we think you are) you spent a lot of time cooking during the “snow events” of the past several days.  So by now you’re probably looking for a break from the kitchen.  For this week’s recipe, I … Continue reading

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First Vine at the Washington Wine and Food Show Valentine’s Day Weekend!

OK, I admit that I sort of swore we’d never do this again. Last year Dare, Cy, and I had a table at the Washington Wine and Food Show.  We went into it with pretty high expectations.  We thought we’d … Continue reading

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“Labels” aren’t always bad things

We joke a lot about cutesy wine labels with koala bears on them, but wine labeling is serious business.  The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), part of the Treasury Department, is responsible for enforcing alcohol labeling requirements … Continue reading

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Delusions of Adequacy: Supermarket Turkey & What to Do About It

We  have been led to expect our food look perfect.   As far as turkey is concerned, the quest for a perfect looking white turkey breast  has resulted in breeding  bizarre, ungainly beasts that can no longer run, fly or even reproduce without artificial … Continue reading

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