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Spring, Finally! How About Some Wine?

In the Hudson Valley this year, springtime has felt more like an extended late-winter. A warm March prompted us to settle into spring extremely early, and the same could be said for the local vegetation. But when things cooled right … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving, The Morning After: Several More Recipes From Common Scents

If there’s one new concept that DRIVEN’s guests hopefully came away with following this month’s Common Scents wine and food tasting event, hosted by the accommodating folks at GLG, it’s that the recipes I prepared are as multi-functional as they … Continue reading

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A Religious Experience: The Rise of Quality Kosher-For-Passover Wine

If you had approached me 15 years ago about a recommendation for a fine kosher wine, I would have told you it’s an oxymoron. Much like the organic wines of the time, kosher and Kosher-for-Passover wines had a poor reputation … Continue reading

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Old-World vs New-World: Syrah Showdown

Pairing wine and food is a rewarding way to discover personal palate preferences. With a focus on palate in mind, we decided to have a little fun with our continual old-world / new-world war by turning a celebratory duck dinner … Continue reading

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Our Household “Staples.”

Cheese plays an important role in my life. We have cheese as part of our late night meals about four times a week. It can round out a soup and salad night, serve as a kick-off with a cured meat … Continue reading

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Simple Entertainment Recipe

The key to successful home entertaining is to prepare foods that don’t need attention once your guests arrive. This salmon recipe fits the bill perfectly. It’s a crowd stopper and pairs perfectly with a rich style Sauvignon Blanc. Salmon in … Continue reading

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Maximize Your Meat Investment.

Preparing meat at home? You’re investing some bucks in the raw material. Make the most of your purchase with 11 easy guidelines: 1. Let your meat come to room temperature before cooking it- take it out of the refrigerator about … Continue reading

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