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Merlot has gotten a bad name in recent years and much of that stems from the famous line in the movie, Sideways, "If anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving". Miles from the movie quite literally changed the popularity of this varietal of wine for millions of American wine drinkers - and indeed created a world-wide impact as well. Merlot isn't that bad but its reputation still suffers in the face of popular red wine alternatives including Cabernet Sauvignon and of course, Pinot Noir.  Let's take a deeper look at merlot and how you can better appreciate it once you get an opportunity to sample it at your favorite winery or wine bar.

I'm a big fan of Sauvignon Blanc, the crisp often lime notes that are associated with it - especially those from Marlborough region in New Zealand are my go-to drink on hot summer days. I'm also a big fan of innovation and I so I'm very impressed with what the folks at Loveblock vineyard created in the process of creating a truly "organic wine".

Making coffee house coffee at home doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, with the right tips and a bit of practice, you can make some of the best coffee around. In this blog post, we will take a look at five tips for making killer coffeehouse-style coffee at home. We'll also take a look at some of the best machines and accessories for doing so. Let's get started!

Ok, let's face it - we're talking about mac & cheese here and frankly I'm not sure if this is a kids food or an adult food anymore since I love it as much now as I didn't back then. However, the reality is that while the classic is easy to make and emotionally satisfying, the stuff is actually pretty crappy from a food quality and even taste perspective. 

A couple weeks ago I had the fortune of receiving a huge box of samples from Bota Box. The very generous folks there were determined to show me that boxed wine didn't have to be terrible. They were right but what blew me away was their latest creation, Bota 'Rita - a wine based margarita that comes in their signature bag-in-box packaging.