Monthly Archive: November 2011

Nov 29

Sweet & Sour Little Onions

This is a versatile side dish for just about any meat or vegetarian dish. It can be served hot or cold and it’s really delicious! Sweet & Sour Little Onions 2 pounds Cipolline onions or small pearl onions whole 3 tbsp butter 1  1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1 to 2 tbsp …

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Nov 28

Wine Of The Week- 2009 Saladini Pilastri

From the region in Italy called Rosso Piceno, this blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese grapes can be drank by itself or with some nice Italian pasta. The dry finish is typical for this wine and yet the Montepulciano throws off a fruity nose. At only $9 per bottle, Saladini Pilastri will make your Sunday pasta dinner …

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Nov 27

My Favorite Sundays

Hate to bore you, but who doesn’t have their favorite ritual for Sunday? Mine is getting up and doing some yoga then the Sunday paper and coffee. Then it’s time for some work (day off my ass!), maybe mowing the lawn for the last time, or raking leaves. Now for the main event – fresh …

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Nov 22

Prosciutto Wrapped Figs With Gorgonzola Filling

A simple starter course to nibble on while your waiting for the main event. This can be put together in 10 minutes or less which makes it fancy enough for guests, but quick and easy for you. Prosciutto Wrapped Figs 2 dozen dried figs 4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese 24 pecan halves 4 ounces prosciutto, sliced thin …

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Nov 21

Wine Of The Week- Running With Bulls

A classic Australian move – take something like the Spanish Tempranillo grape and grow it in the unique style of the Aussies. Tempranillo is typically a dry, sturdy red grape but here it’s transformed into a ripe fruit bomb. No complaints from me, because when you match this wine up with a rack of lamb with …

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Nov 17

Thanksgiving Wine Picks

Ever year I LOVE to be the one to help people pick out their Turkey Day wine. I always look for interesting new ideas to liven up the festive holiday, and this year is no different. Lets start with Zibibbo Sparkling Moscato from Australia, which we featured last week. Slightly sweet with a hint of …

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Nov 16

Spirit of The Week- Alchemia Chocolate Vodka

Polish Vodka has always been a delicacy in the spirits world. Not a lot produced, but when you can get it it’s usually very good. This chocolate infused vodka (natural Polish cocoa) makes the ultimate martini and just a touch of sweetness keeps your martini well balanced. I think a cherry garnish would finish it …

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Nov 15

Fresh Pumpkin Pie

I know it seems like a lot of work, but it is sooooooooooo worth it. If you have never had a fresh pumpkin pie, try it just once. I would serve this with sparkling apple cider from France Fresh Pumpkin Pie 1 sugar pumpkin 1 recipe pastry for a nine inch crust 2 eggs 1 …

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Nov 14

Wine Of The Week 2010 Familia Mayol

Ah, the crazy weather in Syracuse has finally shifted into red wine season. The producers of this Bonarda grape (Italian in origin) have made an unfiltered/unfined wine which is deep and hearty. Unfiltered or unfined wine (think of a Christmas snow globe with the flakes floating around, now think of grape skin particles floating around …

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Nov 11

October Winner – Facebook Photo Contest

Congratulations to Jack Bocchino, the winner of the Vinomania October Facebook Photo Contest: We loved his pic of Chris Trapper on stage with a nice glass of red wine. Jack, you’ve got a bottle of vino waiting for you at the store!

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