Tag: Wine Tasting

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



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!


Wine and Yoga Time With @Vinemeup

Wine and Yoga Time With @Vinemeup on Periscope!

I fully support more wine chats on Periscope!! So check out Sarita’s selection of organic wines @BikramYogaRiver ♥🍷! If you have a MOM’s Organic Market, you might just find them waiting for you! #nowineleftbehind! http://ow.ly/3za2LL

Periscope Wine Chat is ON LOCATION Tonight, 7PM EST!

Periscope Wine Chat is ON LOCATION Tonight, 7PM EST!

I’ve been doing my best to set the Twitters on FIRE about my Periscope Wine Chat about an event I am very excited for! I am heading to Southern Maryland to join a friend and winemaker at Port of Leonardtown Winery. We’ll be doing some barrel tasting, some tank tasting, and answering any questions that come up!


Port of Leonardtown Tasting Room
Port of Leonardtown Winery Tasting Room

Check out their website here, and join me for the chat! 7 PM EST @WineAntics on Periscope.

WSET – Help Me Study!!

If I’m being brutally honest, I haven’t passed 2/3 of the wine certification classes I’ve taken in the last three years. Its not something I am happy with, so I am going back to school in May to earn my pin for WSET level III!

Last year I passed the wine tasting portion of the exam, but not the written. So, I have about 12 weeks to re-read the book and create some study guides for myself.

I am enlisting your help in this! Not only for accountability but because this will benefit us both! As I am going along with my reading I’ll pull out some facts to share with you each week! I’ll do my best to suppress my inner wine nerd and keep the facts relatable to the everyday wine consumer.

Along the way, please feel free to ask me any questions about my experiences with WSET level II or III. I’ll do my best to share the pitfalls I’ve come across. Maybe I’ll prevent someone else the shame of not passing the first time.  😦