[FRIDAY FAVES] Beach Dreams, Pretty Pét-Nats, and Picnic Plans

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Hello, it's the weekend! Here's a list of goodies to prep you for relaxation.

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- Lucy Laucht's photos of foreign beach scenes are just the thing to defrost your dreams of travel.

- Check out this sleek, reusable cutlery that would be perfect for a picnic basket! 

- And OH MY GOSH, this cloudy and unfiltered sparkling Furmint from Slovenia would be such a great picnic companion this spring! Its citrusy, beer-like flavor profile shines alongside salty things like hard cheeses, potato chips and olives. 

- If you have kids (or even if you don't!), check out Netflix's new show Waffles and Mochi. It's an adorable, food-focused show featuring a couple of cute puppets, lots of famous food folks, and Michelle Obama herself.

- Tasty tips for preventing soggy sandwiches on your next outdoor lunch!


See you next week!

 

[FRIDAY FAVES] Fancy Popcorn, Sultry Music and Alternative Beverages

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Good Friday morning! I hope you're gearing up for a warm and sunny weekend! Let's send you off in the right direction with these lovely things:

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- If you want to really feel something, check out this fantastic musical collaboration between Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic. I am TELLING YOU, this retro-style jam session will have you swaying in your seat and fanning your face. These boys are true heartthrobs. 

- Loving this long list of creative popcorn toppings. The salty and cheesy options would pair perfectly to this sparkling Furmint

- This week I tried the non-alcoholic aperitif, Ghia. It's lovely, and makes a perfect mocktail mixer. Just the right combination of bitter, aromatic and complex.

- If you're looking to explore more unconventional beverages, check out our Sommelier's virtual wine class all about Ancient Grapes. This class will clue you in to some beautiful, old-school (but lesser known) styles of wine that'll delight your palate!

- This...

Stranger Wines For Halloween

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October is the perfect time to binge watch (again) season three of Netflix’s Stranger Things. I mean, what could be more Halloween-adjacent than a little weird and retro romp through Demagorgon-infested Hawkins, Indiana? Exactly.

Season three of Stranger Things brings the advent of The Mall, that glorious beacon of the 1980s. It’s new, it’s flashy, it’s...strange! Everyone in Hawkins loves it and the Starcourt Mall is really the center of some of the juiciest, most climactic moments in the season.

In the final scenes of the season, the Stranger Things gang splits up into smaller groups to more effectively kick the Mind Flayer's butt. Each group gets a code name to communicate with the others over walkie talkie: The Griswold Family, The Scoops Troop, and Bald Eagle (of course!). So, in the spirit of trying new and strange things, I’m recommending a super off-the-beaten-path wine to pair with each of the Stranger Things factions that face the Mind Flayer in this spooky and totally rad...

You Don't Have to Be Rich to Be My Wine - 3 Great Wines Under $12

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When you first start learning about wine, it can feel a little freaky to drop $20 or $30 on what you’ve heard is a “nice” bottle.

Wine labels aren’t always forthcoming (or even in your own language!), so you could be left fending for yourself, taking anyone and everyone’s advice and just defaulting to what’s most expensive. Because what the heck do YOU know?

But that, my friend, is no way to live. And! There are plenty of affordable wines out there (like, cheaper-than-a-cocktail affordable!) that are truly delicious and compromise nothing in the way of value. I’m here to clue you in! Once you’ve got these 3 wines in your back pocket, you’ll start developing your palate and gain the confidence and courage to continue learning and seeking out other wines. Maybe even some of those “nice” bottles? It’s all up to you.

Here are 3 wines under $12 that you should try:

1. Evolúció (Dry) Furmint | Tokaj, Hungary
$10.99

Furmint is the most prolific grape in Hungary, and you’ll usually find it featured...

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