Wine for the dead.

Each year at this time, I reflect on all of the family, friends and pets who have passed on.  Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of The Dead, is a revered holiday with indigenous roots, observed November 1st & 2nd, primarily in Mexico, but also in other parts of the world.  The purpose is to honor loved ones who have passed and beckon their spirits back to earth, by creating elaborate ofrendas or altars.  Possessions from the departed are placed on the altar, including their favorite foods and beverages.  Additional decorations are calaveras de azucar/ sugar skulls, papel picado/ perforated paper and cempasĂșchil/ marigold flowers, bringing vibrant colors and invoking positive feelings for missed loved ones. 

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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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