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How to Open a Bottle of Champagne

If champagne will be a part of your Valentine’s Day, be sure you know how to open it without putting an eye out.

Though it’s very dramatic to “pop the cork” and send it flying across the room, the correct way to open a bottle of champagne is far quieter … and also doesn’t waste any bubbly or put anyone in harm’s way.

Simply point the bottle away from yourself and others. Remove the foil. … Read more

Special Reader Discount! 25% off SF Food & Wine Event

Bottlenotes is offering Drink of the Week readers $10 off tickets to “Around the World in 80 Sips.” That means $30 will get you tastes of wine from around the world, with special food pairings.

It will be held February 19 at Crushpad in San Francisco. Hope to see you there! I can testify first-hand that these folks know their wine and know how to show you a good time.

To register — with your … Read more

Spoof Jim Beam Ads, Win $25,000

Jim Beam recently launched its first TV campaign with 3 funny new commercials, with the tag line “the bourbon.” Not satisfied with the success of these ads, Jim Beam now wants you to remake their ads. The creator of the best ad will win a grand prize of $25,000, a trip for four to Las Vegas, and a chance to have your video showcased on JimBeam.com. Four runners-up prizes, Sony HD Digital Video Cameras, will … Read more

Creamy Artichoke Dip

This artichoke dip is so good! It’s by no means health food, but it fits right in with any Super Bowl Sunday snack menu. Serve it with tortilla chips, potato chips or a good loaf of crusty bread.

Ingredients

    1 ½ cups chopped artichoke hearts (frozen and thawed or from a can, drained)
    6 oz. cream cheese
    ¼ cup mayonnaise
    ¼ cup sour cream
    1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    ¼ tsp salt
    ¼ tsp pepper
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Online Wine Shop Sells Only Half Bottles

Opening a bottle of wine is a commitment. A typical bottle of wine equals about five or six glasses (depending on the size of your glass, naturally).

If you’re dining at home alone or with one other person and looking for a little wine to compliment your meal, six glasses may be a bit more than you want. This is when a half bottle, more common in Europe, would do the job.

However, in my … Read more

Maker’s Mark, the Green Whiskey?

Inhabitat has an interesting post about Maker’s Mark.

With all the attention smaller, boutique spirits makers have garnered for “green” offerings, a nationally distributed “corporate” brand surprises us all by using locally sourced grain and engaging in many other sustainability initiatives.

I was also surprised to learn that the Maker’s Mark Distillery functions on less than 200 of its 620 acres of land. The remaining land is operated as a nature preserve, where Maker’s Mark

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Are You Friends, After an Old Fashioned?

Great read from Paul Clarke at the New York Times Proof Blog about how drink recipes differ from bartender to bartender. These differences often can lead to disputes over the right ways to make any drink. The Old Fashioned is a prime example, a classic cocktail made of bourbon, but some times brandy and it goes from there.

Are You Friends, After an Old Fashioned? (NY Times)

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Kiwi ~ a Healthy Addition to Cocktails

Our furry little friend the kiwi is an often-forgotten fruit.

But there are many reasons we should incorporate these strange little guys into our diets … and our cocktails.

Tart, creamy and sweet all at once, this tasty fruit is also an amazing source of antioxidants and fiber.

Kiwi fruit also lowers the risk of blood clots and reduces the amount of fats in the blood.

Oh, and let’s not forget its beautiful, bold color … Read more

Leftover Turkey Vodka Marinara

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I had so much turkey left over after Thanksgiving that I froze a great deal of it for use in future recipes.

Of all my leftover turkey cooking adventures, this simple recipe is my favorite one so far.

If you managed to escape Thanksgiving and Christmas without mountains of leftover turkey, you can use chicken or vegetables instead.

This is one of those sauces that actually tastes much better after sitting in the fridge overnight.… Read more

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