Michael Brafford

Week of 09/01/22: Vinography

Hello and welcome to my weekly dig into the pile of wine samples begging to be tasted. I’m happy to bring you the latest episode of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the best bottles that have come through my door recently. Last week an interesting set of wines …

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Paso Robles real estate sees strongest sellers’ market since post-WWII

Local real estate agents Pete Dakin and Fred-Bruen Sale prices higher than ever in North County –This report is a look back at North County real estate in 2021 and provides a window into the first quarter of 2022. Diving deeper into 2022 is a bit problematic with the myriad …

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Drinks to Help You Lower Your Alcohol Units | Wine

IIf you’re simply having a wet January, rather than a dry one – that is, you’re cutting back instead of cutting back – you may well be more attracted to low-alcohol beverages than non-alcoholic beverages, that I talked about last week. When it comes to wine, at least, there’s plenty …

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The DO Terra Alta makes orange wine official

At the final board meeting of 2021 for the regulatory board of DO Terra Alta, in Catalonia, Spain, a long list of changes was approved. The most striking was the implementation of a very strict certification system for 100% Garnetxa Blanca since it is their flagship grape variety. But perhaps …

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4 costly renovation mistakes to avoid

©Shutterstock.com You’ve saved some money and you’re ready to start a home improvement project. Whether the updates are to get your home ready for the market or just for your own enjoyment, you want to be smart about this investment. Get Started: 8 Affordable Ways to Upgrade Your Master BedroomMore …

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BlockBar, the world’s first direct-to-consumer NFT marketplace for wines and spirits, democratizes the traditional spirits industry by selling Maison Hennessy’s very first NFT collection to a crypto community club

NEW YORK–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Block bar, the world’s leading NFT marketplace for luxury wines and spirits, is delighted to announce its record-breaking sale of Hennessy 8 – a cognac masterpiece and a tribute to eight generations of Master Blenders. Bought by Angry pit bull club (APC) for 66.49 ETH ($ 226,450) …

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Eggnog – Flathead Beacon

When we talk about eggnog, let’s get rid of the mass-produced drink that consumes shelf space during the holidays. Some, of course, including myself, may enjoy the drink, poured thick in a carton and too filled with spice and sweetness. However, a well-made and handcrafted eggnog can be a rich, …

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This LA sommelier recommends bottles and delivers wine to your doorstep

The Angelenos’ level of access to natural wine has increased dramatically over the past two years. Natural wine bars and shops continue to proliferate in Los Angeles, with recent openings such as Only the Wild Ones, Voodoo Vin, and Vinovore Eagle Rock joining the city’s ever-growing list, while places like …

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Britons Seek Vegan Alternatives To Milk, Skin Care – And Even Wine, Study Finds | Nature | News

Of these, 38% are concerned about the environmental impact of using non-vegan items, while 35% are concerned about animal welfare. As a result, many are looking for herbal alternatives for skin care (41%), makeup (31%), and leather accessories (34%). It’s also found that one in six people are more willing …

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Culinary trends to look for this year

Well, it’s over. Two weeks ago now, 2021 has passed and with it a few food trends we might be happy to say goodbye. With any luck, feta and cream cheese will be back on the shelves now that TikTok Cheese and Tomato Pasta has reached its viral expiration date. …

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