Hosting a wine tasting in your home is a great excuse to come together with friends and sample new wines. So many of us get stuck in a rut with the wine we drink. We order the same varietal and often select wines from the same winery because it is what we know. Attending professional wine tastings at wine shops and restaurants can be intimidating to the average wine drinker. Many fear that they don’t know enough about wines to make a judgment about them. One’s fondness to a wine is unique. It is no different than how a person perceives art. While you may love Renoir, your friend may prefer Seurat. They are both talented artists, but not everyone will see them the same way.
Growing up, we had ribs at least a couple of times a week. Not the tender slow roasted, competition-style ribs of today, the ribs we used to slap on the Hibachi were very plain, seasoned with just salt, pepper and the omnipresent spice of the ‘70s: garlic powder. That’s it, that’s all - and it was great.
In the late Winter months in Calgary, I like to break up the comfort food cycle at least once a week with something a little more exotic. Dishes with bright flavors and colors mean so much more when you can see the promise of Spring. These recipes are like flavorful foreshadowings of summer. The flavors and spices provide a bit of tasty bliss!
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