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DSLR Wine Photos: Why Drop $100+ on a Polarizing Filter?

One Filter You Need With modern digital cameras and processing software, the need for special filters has largely been eliminated. There’s a filter that can’t be replicated by either your camera or post-processing software: a circular polarizing filter. This is the one additional filter you should pack. Polarizing filters excel at eliminating reflections and glare … Continue reading

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Is Taurasi the Barolo of the South?

Taurasi Who? Have you ever heard of Taurasi?  How about Aglianico? I thought so. When you’re trying to get some recognition for a little known wine, it’s helpful to compare it to a known reference. Anyone who drinks Italian wine has at least heard of Barolo, so why not? Taurasi Like many Italian wines, Taurasi … Continue reading

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Surprising Oyster Pairings

“He was a bold man who first ate oysters” Or a very hungry man… Your Next Oyster Pairing We love oysters on the half shell at our house, and we usually stick with the tried and true when it comes to wine: Champagne or lean unoaked chardonnay.  Have you ever considered trying something new? Elaine … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasures from Le Marche #ItalianFWT

Finding Le Marche with #ItalianFWT Our #ItalianFWT group is off to Le Marche this month (virtually). I’ve included links at the bottom of this post to see what everyone else is up to! Le Marche Region As we travel around Italy, we visit some areas that are well known, and some that are almost unheard … Continue reading

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Food & Wine Photography on the Go with your DSLR

Food & Wine Photography on the Go Are you the person in your group who loves to capture those fun food & wine moments? If so, read on. From simple to sophisticated, here are some ideas for capturing better food & wine photos. Your Phone Your phone has the prime advantage of always being with … Continue reading

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Spring Hopes: Asparagus and Rosé #WinePW

The Flavors of Spring Our Wine Pairing Weekend April assignment is to share our favorite flavors of spring.  At our house, this definitely means fresh asparagus and rosé. At the bottom of this post, you can link to a dozen other great ideas from my partners in our #WinePW group. Spring Into Being Truth be … Continue reading

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Sabering in Super Slo-Mo #Saberit

15 Seconds of Sabering Fun #Saberit We love sabering sparkling wines at our house, and we do it whenever we can.  We especially love introducing friends and family members to the tradition. Here’s our nephew, Charlie (yes he’s over 21) on his first attempt. Next time you’re pulling out the saber, try capturing it in … Continue reading

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From Etna Bianco to Marsala, a Sicilian Wine Tour #ItalianFWT

A Virtual Visit to Sicily with #ItalianFWT Our #ItalianFWT group is off to Sicily this month (virtually). I’ve included links at the bottom of this post to see what everyone else is up to! Sicily Sicily is a large island, just off the toe of the boot of Italy, bordered by 3 different seas. It’s … Continue reading

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Not Your Grandmother’s Sherry

Sherry?  Who Drinks Sherry? I don’t know about you, but not many people I know are drinking sherry (me included). It seems both unfamiliar and a little bit old fashioned, a grandmother’s drink. The Wrong Way to Learn About Sherry Always curious, I tried a bottle last spring when my blogging buddy, Mike,  offered up … Continue reading

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Trentino – Alto Adige Apertivo!

Apertivo in the Trentino – Alto Adige We’re great fans of apertivo time, so today we’re doing our best to create a Trentino – Alto Adige version at home here in Minnesota. We have a fluke 70 deg. day in March, so we moved out to the deck for the 1st time since October.  We’ll … Continue reading

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