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CODE care for winos

"Cleanse the palate" is the name of the Red Wine Skin Cleanser,

"I always wear protection" is the name of the daily sunscreen,


"I don't spit at wine tastings" is the name of the Red Wine Eye Treatment.

These are just a few samples of the cleaver marketing that had me more than a little intrigued. Okay, and the whole WINE thing had my attention.

We all know and are happy about that there are health benefits to drinking wine but did you know the antioxidants are good for your skin and help fight the signs of aging? Well, the properties in wine actually fight premature lines, saging and other signs of maturing.

By the way, when I was much younger I was confident I would accept these natural changes of aging gracefully. Well, now that I'm older (and hopefully a bit wiser) I changed my mind.
I may not be able to keep the birthdays from coming, but as far as accepting the appearance of aging, I'm going kicking and screaming.

Introducing a skinca…

TASTE Cafe & Gourmet To Go

180 S Howard Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 468-2929

Around 2nd avenue at Howard Street in downtown Spokane is a revitalized neighborhood with several destinations that are worthy of checking out. Of course, there's long-time tenant Interplayers Theater, but there’s also Barili Cellars, 2nd Avenue Gallery and the indulgent stop nestled on the corner of 2nd and Howard, TASTE Cafe and Gourmet To Go.

TASTE gives a good first impression housed in a nicely refurbished space with exposed brick walls, and stunning regional art. The decor is well...tasteful.

TASTE features fresh hot pastries every morning, which include such delights as lemon squares with real lemon juice and flaky crust, brownies made with famous artisan chocolate and homemade crumpets. The specialty scratch cakes are tempting and since taste matters - there are no artificial ingredients or hydrogenated oils used. TASTE specializes in healthy and fresh foods that are seasonal and often locally grown. In addition to the sweet, ther…

Sparkling Cranberry Blush (Recipe)

1 cup sugar, 
12 ouncesfresh cranberries,
750 ml sparkling white wine, chilled (Mountain Dome Brut)

1. Combine in a medium saucepan: 1 cup sugar & 1/2 cup water.
2. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar melts.
3. Boil for 30 seconds
4. Set aside 18 cranberries.
5. Add remaining cranberries to syrup.
6. Boil 30 more seconds.
7. Cover and remove from heat.
8. Let steep 20 minutes.
9. Strain syrup -- reserve cranberries for another use.
10. Transfer syrup to covered class container and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (can be kept in fridge for 2 weeks).
11. To serve, place in each of 6 champagne glass: 3 cranberries & 1 T syrup.
12. Fill glasses with chilled sparkling wine. Orange or lemon rind is optional but very festive.

Have a sparkling night!
Recipe originated in Cottage Life magazine (RIP)
Photo Credit: Radius

Hot Mulled Wine Recipe

There are many mulled wine recipes, this one is simple. An even simpler way to make mulled wine is to purchase a bag of mulled wine spices and simply drop it in the wine before heating.  Ingredients:1 1/2 cups boiling water1/2 cup granulated sugar1/2 lemon, sliced
2 sticks cinnamon

2 whole cloves

1 bottle (750 ml) of a dry red wine.


Combine boiling water, sugar, lemon, cinnamon and cloves; stir until sugar dissolves. Add wine; simmer 20 minutes. Do not boil. Strain. Serve hot with a sprinkling of nutmeg.

(photo credit: wine cow)


Ole Gucamole & 2008 Nodland Cellars Bebop

Nodland Cellars' 2008 Bebop, a remarkable dry Riesling which pairs nicely with chips and my homemade Ole Guacamole.  Bebop is an uptempo white with racy citrus with floral tones which is completely captivating.

2-3 ripe avocados halved and pitted
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1 large ripe plum tomato, seeded and chopped
2 T chopped onion (sweet)
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Tabasco or hot pepper sauce to taste

1. Scoop avocados into a bowl, add lemon and mash.
2. With a fork gently mix tomato, onion, salt and pepper, and Tabasco. Serve fresh.


The much anticipated Holiday Wine Festivalis THIS weekend (November 19th-21st) and takes place at wineries in and around Spokane.  Here's your survival guide to make this weekend a GRAPE one.1.) You need a game plan:With 17 wineries participating, you're going to need a plan of attack, having to hit 5-6 a day to complete the mission of not missing a tasting room. Hopefully, you are well-trained and ready to take on this premier wine event. Here's a game plan to git-r-done: HOLIDAY WINE FEST game plan to get to each winery

2.) You need to know where to go: Print out the GET THEE TO A WINERY - The local listfor addresses, phone numbers and SIP TIPS. The SWA also has a handy-dandy map available at each and every participating tasting room.

3.)You need to know what to taste: No, you really can't taste it all. So here's some SIP TIPS so you know what choices to make. Winery Highlights (SIP TIPS)(***) designates SIP's TOP PICKS.Liberty Lake Wine Cellarsis pouring s…

EMVY & GRC BridgePress: Making wine with a little help from their friends.

I adore the Saturday drop-in wine tasting at the Rocket Market. Each Saturday afternoon from 4 - 7 pm, you can meander in and sample wine and sometimes beer in the atrium from the people who craft and sell them in this market. It's a casual and intimate approach to wine, where you can sip and chat wine with the passionate people behind the label. The Rocket market is located at  726 E 43rd (Just off the top of Grand on the South Hill). Frequent Sip's Weekend 'O Wine report for all the RM's winescapades.

Yesterday had the delicious pleasure of trying not one but two local labels, which have partnered with Grande Ronde's Dave Westfall and John Mueller, who provided a special opportunity for these budding winemakers while adding extra variety to the list of wines available through the combined operations. Under this cooperative arrangement the new winemakers created top-quality products without the risk of spending a lot of money for equipment and contracts. Making…

Social Media Class (11/10/2010)

Getting your business on the bandwidth-wagon.
(Workshop 11/10/2010)

Social Media: Facebook
Facebook is not only for just for keeping tabs on friends, filling out quizzes or playing games - it also can be used as a highly effective business tool. It’s great for marketing your products, landing gigs and connecting with your customer.

22 ways to use Facebook for your business.

Manage your profile
1. Fill out your profile completely to earn trust.
2. Establish a business account.
3. Stay out of trouble. Read the Facebook rules regarding business accounts.
4. Install applications to integrate feed from your blog and tie in other Social Media platforms.
5. Keep personal parts of your profile private through settings.
6. Limit business access to personal photos with some exception.

Connect with others
7. Obtain a Facebook vanity URL so people can easily find you.
8. Add your Facebook URL to your email signature and any marketing collateral (business cards etc.) so prospects can learn more about y…

Sirah Syrah Shiraz - 3 words designed to confuse the consumer.

The syrah/shiraz are identical, but growing conditions change the flavor profile.

Shiraz is the workhorse of Austrailia. Most Australian show intense black fruit flavours, almost jammy at times with a hot peppery characteristic. The French versions ripen more slowly and don't move as far in that direction, so the less intense flavors are more noticeable. They tend to be more ripe red fruit flavors with coffee or chocolate tones.

Syrah (sir AHH) is a dark-skinned variety of grape. Syrah is grown in many countries and is primarily used to produce powerful red wines, which enjoy great popularity in the marketplace, relatively often under the synonym Shiraz (sher-AS).

Sensational Syrahs:
Liberty Lake Wine Cellars 2007 Syrah- $25
The 2007 Syrah has exceptional character, dark fruit flavors and a hint of coffee, spice and vanilla. 

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars 2008 Syrah- $22
An exciting wine that is full-bodied as well as rich and velvety smooth. Toasty spices from new French oak ad…