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Stanley Hotel Food and Wine Tasting

On Sunday we headed up to Estes Park, where I attended a food and wine tasting at Cascades, the restaurant at the historic Stanley Hotel.  The Stanley is most widely known as the site of the film The Shining, but it has a long and interesting history that predates Jack Nicholson’s famous turn as its resident […]

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Pairing Dinner

Last week I received a box of assorted Rieslings courtesy of Chateau Ste. Michelle and Thirsty Girl, so I decided to do a pairing dinner to try some of them out.  Any excuse will do.  Riesling is a personal favorite because it has such a wide range of potential food pairings, and it works well […]

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Red Wine Poached Apples with Mascarpone and Pistachios

Red Wine Poached Apples with Mascarpone and Pistachios

Didn’t I just commit to “no sugar” in the new year?  Yes!  Yes, I did, and this genuinely luscious little dessert does not break that promise in any way.  There is no added sugar here, and trust that it will not be missed at all.  The wine–a limited-edition, Conservancy red from Concannon Vineyards— adds a […]

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Halibut with Pinot Grigio Pan Sauce and Butter-Toasted Almonds

Halibut with Pinot Grigio Pan Sauce and Butter-Toasted Almonds

This is a simple and elegant dish that you can make for a fast, after-work dinner, or plate it up for a special occasion.  Any kind of firm, white fish will work in place of the halibut, and you can swap out different fresh herbs for the tarragon.  This is more of a technique than […]

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Braised Beef Short Ribs with Blackberry-Pinot Noir Jus

Braised Beef Short Ribs with Blackberry-Pinot Noir Jus

On the occasions when we do eat meat, we get local, pastured meat and do something with it to make it memorable.  Recently I ordered some beef short ribs from Grant Family Farms and did a long, slow braise with a blackberry and flipflop wines Pinot Noir base. For tender, unctuous short ribs you want […]

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Fresh Peach and Riesling Sorbet

Fresh Peach and Riesling Sorbet

During our annual Peachapalooza there were many splendid peach concoctions whipped up using the giant box of Western Slope peaches–the saffron-peach preserves were pretty outstanding, for one–but the easiest and most refreshing dish was this beautiful sorbet, made with fresh peach blended with agave and Flip Flop Riesling.  I received some sample wines from Flip […]

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