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Budget Bottles

Have you ever wandered down the wine aisle at the grocery store, seen bottles advertised for “Only $7.99!” and felt wary of the quality of said wine? Or, have you had to choose between two more expensive bottles of wine, but didn’t know which was better? If you answered yes to either of those questions, […]

True Love

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, thoughts are turning to … chocolate. But which wine to serve with the holiday’s iconic sweet? We turned to Rachel Holman, CEO of Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport, for her thoughts on the pairing of wine and chocolate. “I treat my wine and chocolate pairings similar to my […]

Cheers to the Holidays

The holidays are upon us, and entertaining is in full swing. Chances are you’re planning to serve wine at your event but might be wondering which wines to serve and how much to buy. A general rule of thumb is to offer a dry red, a dry white, an off-dry wine (can be red, white […]

Boozy Buttered Cider

One of my favorite things that come from the season change and cooler weather is a warm, boozy, delicious cocktail. Apple cider buttered rum has all my favorite spices and is sure to be just the treat you are looking for when partaking in fall festivities. Apple Cider Buttered Rum (Serves 4) 4 cups apple […]

Fireside Reds

Taking care of yourself in 2018 means something different for each one of us. For me personally, I have decided to stop celebrating “being busy” and to start celebrating the quality moments that life so readily offers. It may be redundant every year promising to take more time for yourself, but with so much negativity […]

Serve Up Some Holiday Cheer

The classic Champagne toast will do for New Year’s Eve, but what about the rest of the holiday season? This cocktail, dreamed up by Dan Dethrow, beverage director at Flyover, will add something special to your holiday party drink menu. Pair them with a scrumptious appetizer and you have the makings of a meal made […]

Three Perfect Holiday Wines

Sarah Cyr, a sommelier and former co-owner of The Wine Cellar & Bistro, is an expert on all things vino. Here are her picks for three perfect holiday wines, written while her restaurant was still open. As holiday office parties and family gatherings begin, wine stores everywhere stock up and promote their favorite holiday wines. […]

Red at the Ready

Photo courtesy of L.G. Patterson Eating and drinking according to the season is great for your body. Of course, this means eating vegetables that are currently growing in your garden or at your local farms, but it also means changing cooking techniques and portion sizes as your body adjusts throughout the year or even the […]

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A Versatile Chardonnay

For the month of September the challenge was to discover the perfect food-friendly, tasty, refreshing Chardonnay. I was hoping to find a wine light enough for hot days yet robust enough for the rich foods that seamlessly meld with Chardonnay. Some traditional pairings with these creamy whites are butter, cream, seafood, nuts, potatoes, lemon, saffron […]

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A Perfect Wine

Sarah Cyr, a sommelier and former co-owner of The Wine Cellar & Bistro, a onetime Columbia restaurant, is an expert on all things vino. Here is her take on summer sips, written while her restaurant was still open. As the weather heats up, our bodies begin to crave foods that hydrate us. So it makes […]

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Sipping the Sinskey Pinot Noir

Editor’s note: This article first ran in July 2017. Sommelier Sara Cyr and her husband, Chef Craig Cyr, owned former Columbia eatery The Cherry Street Wine Cellar & Bistro. When you hear words like “organic” or “biodynamic,” you might jump to conclusions about cost or quality. Trust me, I have had the same reservations. It’s […]

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Heating up with Rosé

I once heard “when roses bloom, it’s time to drink rosé.” I think about this every spring, and I feel a tug to drink the pretty pink stuff, especially since spring has warmed the ground and the heat of summer is right around the corner. Last month I wrote about pairing wine with grilled foods. […]

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Two “Everything” Wines

Sarah Cyr, a sommelier and former co-owner of The Wine Cellar & Bistro, a onetime Columbia restaurant, is an expert on all things vino. Here are her picks for two “everything” wines that are great with grilled items, written while her restaurant was still open. Firing up the grill at our house means there is […]

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A Clean Spring White

Editor’s Note: This article was published in 2017. Sarah Cyr, a sommelier and former co-owner of The Wine Cellar & Bistro, a onetime Columbia restaurant, is an expert on all things vino. Here is her pick for a superb  spring white, written while her restaurant was still open. Every spring, I have the urge to […]

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Pairing Italian Reds

During the final weeks of winter, I deplete our pantry’s jars from last year’s garden. This winter we still have fruit butters, heirloom tomato salsa, pickled vegetables, hot sauce and several jars of tomatoes. This is a good thing for me, because despite my husband being a great chef, my go-to winter dish is simply […]

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Pairing Robust Reds

Living with a chef whose creative inspiration comes from our heirloom garden, I realize our everyday meals might be a bit different than yours. But what I bet we have in common is the urge to indulge in robust dishes that are warm and stick with you as you move through these cold winter months. […]