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For Warmer Weather, Let’s Refresh Our Sipper Standbys with Livelier Libations

As we continue to grapple with these unpredictable times, it’s normal to seek comfort in activities and routines that are familiar as they ground us and give us a frame of reference.  The same philosophy applies to our beverages—we’ve been relying on flavors and brands that we know bring us joy.  But why not use …

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Is It Worth It? Juicing Your Own or Hitting the Juice Bar

Fresh pressed juice is tasty and nutrient packed. Juice bars seem to be popping up on every corner, not to mention the in-store mini juice bars found in health-food oriented grocery stores. Recently I decided to buy juice while doing my weekly grocery shopping. I was tired, had skipped lunch and needed a shot of …

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VALENTINE’S DAY WINE-Love in a Bottle

“I don’t want to live; I want to love first, and live incidentally.” Zelda Fitzgerald ~Doc Lawrence ATLANTA – I just made my purchase. Four bottles of  Saint Amour, the wine that says everything on the day we celebrate romance. No gimmicks here, not another beverage from madman hype . This wine is the real …

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Gourmet Highway: The Divine Wonders of Dining in Different Places

By Doc Lawrence – Charleston, New Orleans, Miami Beach, Memphis, Nashville, Louisville, Montgomery and Atlanta were a few of the large cities we visited along the Gourmet Highway. There were glorious stopovers at wonderful destinations like Highlands and Cashiers in the mountains of Western North Carolina and the grand city of Thomasville deep in south …

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Gourmet Highway: New Tennessee Whiskey, Wine Labels & Food Journeys

By Doc Lawrence – Traveling the greater South leads to discovery of food and good beverages, and where to find the best. This past year included one genuine surprise involving a legendary whiskey, arguably the most recognizable brand on the planet. There’s more: Respected wine experts-Master’s of Wine as they’re officially known-are urging some labeling …

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GOURMET HIGHWAY: An All-Southern Wine Dinner

By Doc Lawrence – “Thomas Jefferson would be very proud,” David Hazelwood declared at the conclusion of a highly successful wine dinner. Southern Thymes Shared, (Pelican Publishing, 2014) the cookbook with wine pairings that follows Jefferson’s dining tradition of serving fresh Southern food with Old and New World wines, inspired the gourmet event. Hazelwood, who …

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with Les Fa’Bulleuses de Champagne

By Lucia Albino Gilbert, PhD – Our new book, Women Winemakers: Personal Odysseys, reveals the passion, courage and talent of women who are successfully making their way in the male-dominated world of wineries. As professors and lovers of wine, our goal was to make women winemakers and their contributions more visible. We interviewed dozens of trailblazing …

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An Indian Summer Wine You Want

By Robert Paul – With many of the meals of Indian summer you want a wine that’s bright red-fruit forward to hold its own with, say, rabbit, potato-crusted salmon, turkey, chicken stew or the roasted vegetables of an autumn harvest table. A French pinot noir that I find compliments the September foods of Indian Summer …

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A Sipping Vodka for the Ladies? I’m Star Struck

By Shellie Terry Benson – Let’s be honest. Vodka straight-up can be tough to take. It’s typically too strong to sip on its own, and it burns the mouth as soon as it hits the lips. It’s not surprising, then, that vodka comes in every sugary flavor marketers can think of — especially when selling …

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