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Beyond the Bottle: Holiday Party Pairings Live Show

Beyond the Bottle: Holiday Party Pairings Live Show

Beyond the Bottle is back! We’re chatting with Chef Maria Gonzalez on Sunday, December 4th LIVE at 10 AM PST/1 PM EST/6 PM GMT so we can give you great holiday party appetizer and beverage recommendations.



Jason Stubblefield from CorkEnvy and I kick-off the holiday party season with good cheer, libations, food, and lots of humor on our featured live show called Beyond the Bottle! Join us live and we’ll walk you through the cooking prep and share some Chef Maria’s fabulous party bites!

We hope you’ll watch or have watched us live already. Here are the great recipes featured on  Beyond the Bottle: Holiday Party Pairings Live Show!

Chef Maria’s Appetizer Recipes & Instructions


Preparation Instructions:

Spread cheese on baguette Drizzle honey lightly over cheese! #Simple


 Preparation Instructions:

** For easier prep, you can use the mix sold at Ikea.  If there is no Ikea close to you, this mix is available on Amazon.  I’ve tried it and it’s delish.

  • In a 5-6 qt slow cooker, mix the first 4 ingredients together. Add meatballs and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-5.
  • Temper the sour cream before adding. To do this put the sour cream in a bowl and add a cup of the meatball gravy slowly to the sour cream while stirring the mixture.  Once the gravy and the sour cream is incorporated, add the mixture to the cooker and mix.  If you add the cold sour cream into the hot cooker gravy you could risk causing the sour cream to separate.


Photo Credit: Alejandra Ramos “Always Order Dessert”  

 Preparation Instructions:

**If you want to add more, you can choose sautéed scallions, green and red bell peppers, and Spanish Chorizo (not Mexican, it looks like a Spanish pepperoni, can be bought online, if not in the store)  This dish can be used as a brunch/luncheon plate with a green salad.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line your casserole dish with foil or parchment.
  • Beat eggs, sour cream, cheese, and chives together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Should you choose to use any of the added extras above now is the time to mix in.
  • Pour into a greased 7×10 casserole pan and bake for 30-40 min, or until golden brown, puffed, and set in the center. Let cool.


Photo Credit: Great Party Recipes 

 Preparation Instructions:

You’ll need 2 foil pans (size depends on length of fish)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place Chardonnay, water, lemon, peppercorns, juniper berries, bay leaves, basil, and 2 fennel fronds into saucepan over high heat and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove fennel and basil and let cool.
  • Put the fish into the foil pan with remaining fennel and pour cooled liquid over salmon and cover with foil tightly. Place in oven for 10 minutes.  Remove foil, baste the fish, reseal the fish and cook another 10 minutes.  When cooking is finished, remove foil and brush the top of the salmon with the liquid to remove any white residue.  Let cool to touch.
  • When cool, place pan over sink and with kitchen scissors or knife, puncture the bottom of the pan to drain liquid. Place punctured pan in the second pan and brush salmon with olive oil, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • For easy serving, cut the end of the pan off and slide the fish onto the serving platter with a spatula. Using the garnish items, fan the lemon on top and place the dill on the sides.  Serve cold with the Dill Cream Sauce on side.

Jenn & Stub’s Cocktail Recommendations


Preparation Instructions:

Place is shaker with ice, mix…mix…MIX. Pour. Garnish (optional). Fin


Preparation Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker over ice Strain into chilled martini glass Garnish with fresh cranberry as desired.


Preparation Instructions:

Pour bourbon over ice in cocktail shaker Strain into champagne flute Slowly pour prosecco down side of glass Add cranberry simple syrup Stir to mix.

Jenn’s Wine & Beer Recommendations

#WineAnticsLIVE Episode 13: Beer & Winemaking

#WineAnticsLIVE Episode 13: Beer & Winemaking

Harvest is in full swing!

This means that there’s plenty of grapes to be de-stemmed, crushed, and fermented! There’s also plenty of wine to punch down and pushed to barrels for aging. But what happens at the end of a long day making wine? Does the winemaker reach for a glass of wine or does a nice, cold, refreshing beer sound better?

This week on #WineAnticsLIVE, Stub and I will talk about “Beer & Winemaking.” How much beer does it take to make wine: A little? A LOT? Or maybe none at all!? You’ll have to join us LIVE to hear the argument one way or another.

We’re making it easy to watch and engage wherever you are this #ThirstyThursday! Here’s three options to watch us LIVE starting at 9PM EDT/6PM PDT:

  1. Watch the LIVE discussion on here the Wine Antics Website! (WARNING: This is the FIRST week I am trying the embed code (see below). Update 9/30/16: the feed did not work! 😤
  2. Join us in the thick of all the action: on Huzza! Live chat with us starting at 9 PM EDT/6 PM PDT for the pre-show and stay with us for the #afterparty starting at 10 PM EDT/7 PM PDT!
  3. Are you a fan of Facebook? We use Facebook LIVE to stream to the Wine Antics Facebook Page too! Between 9:30 PM EDT/6:30 PM PDT – 10 PM EDT/7 PM PDT we stream the “informational” part of the each show. This is the meat of the chat formatted in a way to provide 3o min of content, straight to the point. There’s a live chat to join, and of course this is the most mobile friendly version of the show!

Did you get that all? If not, in summary: join us here (hopefully) or on Huzza starting at 9 PM EDT/6 PM PDT OR on Facebook between 9:30 PM EDT/6:30 PM PDT – 10 PM EDT/7 PM PDT 

See you tomorrow for the wine ch…err BEER & wine chat!

Let’s use the #wine 🍷 #force to destroy #Monday for all #mankind!! If that doesn’t work, let’s just drink & call in sick tomorrow! 😂 #winelover #instawine #instawines #winesofinstagram #winelife #winehumor #obiwankenobi #obiwinekenobi #starwars #theforce #caseofthemondays #sundayfunday

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Let’s Meet BEFORE The Wine Bloggers Conference

Let’s Meet BEFORE The Wine Bloggers Conference

This year will be my FIRST Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC)!

I’m luckier than most.  I have some very good friends that I will meet up with in Lodi.  First on that list is Stub (@CorkEnvy).  We met at the Wine Tourism Conference back in November, and since then we’ve co-hosted 15 wine livestream shows, formerly known as Blab About Wine, now called Wine Antics LIVE.  Next is Sarita from @VineMeUp.  We met on the Maryland Wine festival circuit and over the years she’s encouraged me to be a better wine lover and educator.  Now when I say educator, this doesn’t mean I can get up and teach a WSET class, but in our own circles, we wine writers/video makers/enthusiasts/livestreamers are ALL educators to each other and our followers!  Last, but not least, Glynis from @Vino_Noire!  I met her when I poured for Romano Vineyard & Winery at the Decanter Maryland Wine Festival.  She GRILLED me on their wine production, varieties, practices, etc. when I was just a volunteer, but she also taught me many things along the way – mostly to watch out for wine bloggers and their inquisitive minds!

Now that you know some of my friends, let me tell you how I plan to make a few more friends before the conference even starts!  Every Monday at 9:00 PM EDT (6:00 PM PDT) between July 11th and August 8th (July 18th & 25th, August 1st & 8th), I’m hosting a livestream event on my Livestream channel.  This is a chance for us to put faces to Twitter and Facebook names, and to help each other prepare for 4-5 days amazing days of wine antics (yep, I worked that in).

Each week we’ll discuss a new topic that corresponds with each conference day:

These topics are not set in stone, but I felt it was a logical pace for a live discussion. Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to contact WBC sponsors & speakers and invite them to join our discussion. What better way to get a better understanding of what to expect than from those who are running and supporting the conference?

Wine Antics #WBC16 Livestream
Wine Antics #WBC16 Livestream Schedule

I’d like to say I am going to bring a wealth of experience to each of these livestream shows, but I already admitted I’m a WBC virgin, so that’s why I need YOUR help to make this successful! This isn’t a Twitter chat, this is a virtual meetup where you can come on air (yes, that means on camera) to share an event you’re excited about or a concern you have, because maybe it’s your first time at WBC, too!

I know we’re all a little shy at first, but a little time on camera (and maybe a little wine) will definitely make it easier to connect at the conference. So, get your camera ready to join the conversation and I’ll see you soon!




Are Your Wines Summer Ready?

Are Your Wines Summer Ready?

Forget the bikinis, are your WINES beach ready!?

With the changing of the seasons comes the changing of preferences! We eat lighter, break away from the dark clothing, & enjoy wines that complement the experiences summer brings. Stub from Cork Envy and I had a great conversation on Blab about what wines we like to drink for summer! I have three main summer wine picks: Sauvignon blanc, Vinho Verde, & Grüner Veltliner! Check out my reasons for these three wines below then scroll down to the end of this article for Stub’s picks!

Wine Antics Summer Wine Picks!
Wine Antics Summer Wine Picks!

Want to hear Stub’s picks, plus a few newly discovered wines that I am excited to try this summer, check out #BlabAboutWine Episode 7!

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Scope a Day in May: Challenge Accepted!

Scope a Day in May: Challenge Accepted!

Catchy title huh? But what is a “scope” and why am I going to do one every day in May?

I want to share my experiences with as many people as possible! One of the ways to do this is through a live streaming platform called Periscope! I am challenging myself (and many of my friends) to provide interesting and approachable content on Periscope once EVERYDAY in the month of May!

Use the hashtag #ScopeADayInMay and let’s follow each other’s journey! It’s only a month, and who knows what you’ll learn about social media, your audience, and maybe even a little something about yourself!

Cheers! – Jenn

Sign Up For the Challenge Here!


Blab About Wine: Dining Out Wine Buying Tips & Tricks

Blab About Wine: Dining Out Wine Buying Tips & Tricks

Do you know how to order an enjoyable and affordable bottle of wine while dining out?

Questions, concerns and conversations continually circle around ordering wine while dining out! To tell the truth, I STILL feel intimated by the extensive wine lists I see at some restaurants! However, there’s a few basic rules I still follow to make the experience affordable and enjoyable!

Learn how to be a better, smarter wine buyer while dining out by joining the Blab About Wine conversation tonight 4/21 at 6PM EST or tomorrow 4/22 at NOON EST !


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The unofficial kickoff to wine festival season is HERE!

The Maryland Wine Event, Decanter is the first event I typically attend every year! The term “Decanter” is a fun play on words in wine (Decant) and in horse racing (canter). Put them together and you have 20+ Maryland Wineries with over 100 different wines to taste! The event is a little closer to home at Laurel Park in Laurel, MD and I am excited to spend the day with the horses and of course, Maryland Wine!

Over the last couple of days I’ve been chatting about wine events just like this one with Stub from Cork Envy (P.S. you’ll see him again at Decanter). If you missed these Blabs, please go check out the replays here! Many fond and and sometimes “memorable” stories come from attending Decanter. With the beautiful weather forecast, this year promises to be no different!!

I am not above working the event (because it gets me in free 😜 ) so I will pour wine from Far Eastern Shore Winery for half of the event (11AM-3PM). If you’re at the event PLEASE stop by and visit me! Then I’ll grab some food, track down Stub and Periscope at 4PM EST while I taste the first of this year’s wine/vintage!

Find me @WineAntics on Periscope  and join the horse racing & wine tasting tomorrow afternoon, 4PM EST!

– Cheers!