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Wine Recommendations from a Thrillerchick

25 New Wines We Need to Try in 2017

J.T. Ellison

Do ever get stuck in a wine rut, drinking the same varietals over and over again because they're safe?

We get it. We do it too. When you're paying for a delicious experience, why mess up a good thing?

But Matt Kramer of Wine Spectator has a list of 25 wines, a new one to try every other week, to get us out of our ruts.

Are there any of these you want to try?

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How Does Color Affect Your Perception of Taste?

J.T. Ellison

photo credit: Wine Folly

photo credit: Wine Folly

We humans have had a while to grow and evolve, and our instincts have been honed along with that growth. A natural place to view our instincts: the color of our food and drink.

Ever tried to eat a blue steak? Yeah, didn't think so.

The same holds true with wine—the color greatly affects the way we perceive taste. Don't believe us? Check out Wine Folly investigation.

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This Mulled Wine Is the Perfect Wintertime Drink

J.T. Ellison

Snow Day Mulled Wine
December is the perfect time to break out some mulled wine, for either your holiday parties or on these chilly winter nights. Hope you don't mind the repost. We're going to make some riiiiiiight... now


Super simple version: if you're lucky enough to have Penzey's Mulling Spices on hand, combine 1 tablespoon of mulling spices per bottle of red wine (I bet this fruity zinfandel would make some delicious mulled wine), bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Easy peasy.


  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole nutmeg 
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • zest of 1 orange (none of that white stuff—that'll make it bitter!)
  • 1 bottle of red wine

Directions: bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes. Fish out the whole spices, if you wish.

Don't have whole spices? Go light on the ground spices, mixing and matching until you've got the right flavor combo. Remember: you can always add, but you can't take away.

And that, my friends, is how to make a perfect snow day drink. 


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Recipe & Pairing: Butternut Squash Soup with Chenin Blanc

J.T. Ellison

image credit: Wine Spectator

image credit: Wine Spectator

'Tis the season for all things squash. If you need something simple and yummy to serve during the first course of your holiday dinner, check out this delicious soup from Wine Spectator and what they pair with it. 

Yum. Yum. Yum.

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