A lot of people have set quarantine goals. Although I tend to be of the mindset that getting through it is the only goal — period — I have tried to use the extra time at home to explore one of my growing passions: wine. And while non-essential travel is obviously out of the question for us for awhile, I have been able to virtually get away via Netflix and Amazon Prime to some pretty incredible wine destinations — and I’ve learned A LOT in the process. If you love wine, too, and have a thirst for knowing more about…

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Editor’s note: This post was largely written before the insanity and reality/tragedy of COVID-19 set in around the world.  The first time I had a spritz was in Italy. I was in Venice with my then boyfriend (now husband) and it was what the bartender recommended at the hotel bar. One sip and I was like … via GIPHY I LIKE this drink. Now, the spritz has gotten super trendy — and even had some backlash against it for being overrated. Which just seems grumpy to me. via GIPHY Because the spritz is not only tasty, but also it’s refreshing…

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Another year. Another Friend Feast. And 2019’s Friend Feast was a sparkly, decadent, and delicious throwback to the 1980s. In Vegas. See, each year we have a theme or a main dish that’s very shareable among 14 or so guests. Last year was Mexican-inspired. The year before that was paella. We’ve also done a shrimp boil, fried chicken and champagne, and then two menus of more fancy food (pre-kids!) in 2014 and 2013. This year, my husband’s late grandfather’s annual tips to Vegas served as the inspiration. A few times a year he’d travel to Vegas — but not the…

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I love a cocktail as much as anyone. Well, maybe not quite as much as Jenn … but I sure do enjoy them. Sometimes, it’s great fun to experiment — to try new ingredients and find just the right mix. via GIPHY But other times, I just want simplicity. I want a nice, cold drink without having to haul out a bunch of bottles or needing to measure out lots of ingredients. And that’s where these potables come into play. They’re perfect for summer because they’re as tasty as they are simple! Austin Cocktails Austin Cocktails is a certified women-owned…

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Joining a wine club can seem like a no-brainer for those who believe that the only thing better than getting a fun package in the mail is discovering a fantastic new wine. But the traditional wine club — like the ones you join at a winery — hasn’t necessarily been quite right for everyone. Maybe you haven’t had a chance to visit wine country, so you don’t even know which winery you’d want to receive a regular shipment from. Perhaps you’re interested in a wider variety than a single winery tends to offer. Or you might have really specific tastes,…

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You’re about to hear my take on beer, wine and alcohol (especially during the holidays), overeating issues, what to do when you see all the sweets at parties this time of year, how to accidentally write a book, censorship on social media, and even the future of virtual reality.

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