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Closeup of Citrus Yerba Mate tea blend

Adagio Teas Citrus Yerba Mate Tea–healing and aphrodisiac

What is yerba mate? Yerba mate, (pronounced yerb-uh mah-tay). has a reputation as one of the world’s best healing foods. The leaves and twigs of this shrub, which is native to South America, are loaded with antioxidants. They’re also considered excellent for the immune system. In addition, Mate is a source of vitamins A and […]

Tuscan Wine on a Budget

Tuscan Wine on a Budget

2017 Frescobaldi, Pian di Rèmole Bianco, Toscana IGT, Italy by Annette Tomei Gone are the days when Tuscan wine on a budget meant Chianti in a raffia-wrapped jug. The wine cost about the same as the candle that would eventually drip down its neck! Since then, Tuscan wines have developed an opulent reputation, and they are […]

A California Cabernet for under $50

Classic California Cabernet For Under $50–well under!

2016 Beringer, Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California by Annette Tomei If you visit the Napa Valley, don’t miss the historic Beringer estate. Beringer is the longest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley with over 142 years, and going strong. However, the winery’s impact extends beyond its home in the Napa Valley. The Beringer […]

A Smooth and Subtle Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Smooth and Subtle Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2017 Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand by Annette Tomei Recently I wrote about my love of Old World-style wines. However, there are times when ripe tropical fruits and easy, breezy simplicity beckons. Of course, this becomes even more enjoyable when they possess a bit of finesse and complexity. That’s why I’ve selected this Marlborough […]

Pink Bubbles--a fun sparkling wine for any time

When Only Pink Bubbles Will Do

NV Le Grand Courtage, Grande Cuvee Brut Rosé, France by Annette Tomei Certain places, situations, and especially foods, trigger cravings for very particular accompaniments. For me, there are many occasions when only pink bubbles will do. In this case, it was sunset at sea, off the coast of Mazatlán. Traditional Brut Rosé is usually a […]


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