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Chillin’ with Lt. Blender

Chillin’ with Lt. Blender

It is once again that time of the year for picnics, BBQ, and alfresco dinners under the evening skies but most of all it is time to unplug, relax and spend quality time with family and friends. Fire up the grill while the meat and vegetables are marinating. Mix together a big bowl of grandma’s award-winning potato salad. Decorate that American flag cake studded with fresh strawberries and blueberries from the local farmer's market. Stock the cooler with lots of water, juice boxes for the kids, soda, beer, wine and prepare some cocktails.

Looking at the World Through Rosé Filled Glasses

Looking at the World Through Rosé Filled Glasses

Rosé is a style of wine that is made when juice from red grapes is left in contact with the skins for only a short period of time. The resulting wine has more characteristics of the grapes themselves, and not usually any tannins or other flavors from the skins. This skin contact gives the wine shades of delicate pinks or oranges, up to bright and vivid salmons or deep pinks, depending on the amount of contact and possibly the winemaking techniques used.

“Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” — Dom Pérignon

“Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” — Dom Pérignon

Champagne dates back centuries to the days when Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon was the cellar master at the Abbey of Hautvillers, assigned to oversee wine production. One of his duties was to try to prevent wine from becoming bubbly, which at the time, was thought to ruin the wine. He and his fellow monks altered the grapes used in the wine production and eliminated skins to see if that made a difference.