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Cremisan “Star of Bethlehem” White, Bethlehem, Palestine

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Cremisan"Star of Bethlehem" White, Bethlehem, Palestine




Hamdani and Jandali – Heard of them? No, me neither before today. Hamdani and Jandali grapes are native to Palestine.


Cremisan"Star of Bethlehem" White, Bethlehem, Palestine



If you were going to compare the Cremisan to anything, I would say it’s somewhere between a white Bordeaux-blend and an unoaked Chardonnay. Green apple dominates the nose and the palate, with subtle apricot, peach and gooseberry. No oak. Crisp and certainly refreshing with minerals and wet stone towards the medium-long finish.


Obviously, your first choice should be to pair with traditional Palestinian cuisine!  However; since I have no idea what that is, I would recommend pairing with salads, white fish, asparagus, green pesto and scallops.



Retail is expected to be under $15.

Cremisan"Star of Bethlehem" White, Bethlehem, Palestine

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6 Things Sommeliers Hate to Hear.

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5 Things Sommeliers Hate to Hear.

If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant, you’ll know EXACTLY what I’m talking about in this post. If on the other hand none of this makes any sense to you, you are part of the problem.



What the Sommelier says: “I’m sorry, Sir/Madam. We do offer a corkage fee, or may I suggest something within a particular price range?”

What the Sommelier thinks: “That’s right! You run to the grocery store! Maybe when you arrive back here we can give you a brown paper bag and you can drink your wine directly from the bottle; that is, after your friends have finished whispering about how much of a cheap arse you are…”


What the Sommelier says: “Hmmm…I’m not sure Sir/Madam. I can check for you online if you wish.”

What the Sommelier thinks: “If I see you in the parking lot after I finish my shift, I’m going to stab you, you pretentious-no-palate-can’t-think-for-yourself prick.”


What the Sommelier says: “That really depends on your own personal preference, Sir/Madam. I’m more than happy to spend some time going over previous wines you have enjoyed, and then maybe taste you on a few until we find something that will be to your liking.”

What the Sommelier thinks: “You do realize you might as well ask ‘How long is a piece of string?’ Plus, the chances that you’re going to be satisfied with whatever I personally recommend are so remote that instead I’m just going to throw out the name of the cheapest wine on the list and I GUARANTEE you’ll inevitably end-up ordering it. This isn’t my first rodeo, darling.”


What the Sommelier says: ”Well that’s unfortunate Sir/Madam! Maybe we can find something else for you. A cocktail, perhaps?”

What the Sommelier thinks: “Well that’s unfortunate Sir/Madam!  Maybe, judging by the crazy rosacea you’ve got going-on, it’s more to-do with the 3 bottles you inevitably slam each night after you get home from work, and less to do with any ACTUAL medically diagnosed allergic reaction!”

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Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation Wine Tasting Gala

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Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation Wine Tasting Gala


The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation Wine Tasting Gala is one of the Jacksonville area’s most anticipated, offers attendees an evening of fine wine and gourmet fare.  Over 800 supporters attend the Annual Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Wine Tasting Gala and have the chance to enjoy cuisine from the area’s top restaurants and world-class wines in a walkabout format downtown.  While socializing, eating and drinking guests will also enjoy bidding on auction items including sports memorabilia, rare wine and exciting trips- all to benefit local children with cancer.
Click here to purchase tickets.


Wells Fargo Center, Downtown Jacksonville



Friday, March 21, 2014 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

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Pour Meow-t Some More.

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Pour Meow-t Some More.

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Mexican Steak & Avocado Salsa Paired with Juve de Camps Cava Gran Reserva.

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This post is painful to write. No, it’s not because I’m listening to Miley Cyrus whilst writing this. Actually, it’s because I made this recipe a few weeks ago and I’m just getting-around to posting it. This procrastination conveniently coincides with my crazy idea of doing a 48 hour detox. No food or alcohol for 48 hours. (I ate 3 digestive biscuits last night, but don’t tell my wife. So doesn’t read this blog, so I’m safe there.)

The only thing I’ve been surviving on for the last 2 days is this 6-bottle “detox juice mix” sold by the sadists at Pulp in San Marco, Jacksonville. Therefore, looking at pictures of food is particularly painful right now…

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I’m Scared.

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I’m Scared.

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