January: The Austerity Program

How many of you are feeling the pangs of the recent holiday season? Not just physically, which was enough, but financially? Emotionally? If you are like me and my tribe, you gave it your all. You imbibed, you ate all the deliciousness, you spent what you didn't have, you hugged everyone, you laughed, cried, overshared, slept too much and then too little... and you had a fabulous time! And then, just like that, it was over. And now we are nearly a month into a new year, with a new presidential administration about to charge in and I'm still lookin' like, "What just happened...?" I have a few more questions, but I shall leave it at that. Shall we talk wine? Vamos!

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Wanna host a tasting party on a budget? We got you!

Last month Gabe and I decided to host some friends for a little wine and cheese tasting. Our low-cost approach invited guests to bring their preferred $10-$15 wine from a big box store (think Costco, BevMo, Cost Plus, Target etc.) or a grocery store. The idea was that you could find yourself in various areas of the country, with limited access to boutique wine shops and the like, and still procure a quality bottle of vin. We wanted to see what other people found appealing and share some of our own selections. As the hosts, we were sure to have plenty of bottles on hand for this event. It was fun to shop based on our own, very specific criteria, and even more fun to taste from Italy, France, Spain and the U.S.!

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