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The Fall pretty much sucked for actually celebrating Oktoberfest with COVID-19 and all. I bought several to sample just didn’t get around to it. When Mrs. Dan had a hankering for some sauerkraut I thought this was an opportunity to whittle down the beer out in the garage. Guess we are having a Februfest. So out came the brats. I donated a bottle of Leinie’s Oktoberfest to cook them in. Mrs. Dan is big into Keto so she invented a Keto recipe which I might add at a later time. It was very good sauerkraut. The Wild Heaven Fest Beer was my favorite but it isn’t the Märzen-style brew I’ve typically experienced. I have no true Oktoberfest experiences to compare it to but I’ve had several who have tell me which brews are similar to their German experience. The Wild Heaven is darker and maltier. It satisfies my dark/slightly sweet…

Camille Braun Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rosé, France Cost: $21-23 I don’t know about you, but I long for the days when we can safely gather with friends, or enjoy a nice restaurant meal. I especially miss wine tasting dinners that combine great wine with perfectly paired food. I am hopeful that all will happen soon, but in the meantime we have to do the best we can to make home meals something special. One of the things that make a meal special for Teri and me is sparkling wine. We always have a bottle of wine with dinner, but a bottle of bubbly makes those dinners feel like special events. Sparkling rosé is even better because there is something bright and festive about pink sparkling wine. Cremant d’Alsace is a great wine for those occasions because you can get a good bottle of wine without breaking the bank. The Camille…

This is the most wonderful time of the year, when the sound of wine corks popping is heard everywhere you go. The last three months of the year, particularly December, are the busiest time for sparkling wine sales. About 40 percent of all sparkling wine is sold in October, November and December. Leaders in the food and beverage industry estimate Americans drink about 360 million glasses of sparkling wine on Dec. 31 alone. So, the odds are good you will be drinking or buying sparkling wine in the next week or two. To help you find your way through the maze of sparkling wine available, we offer here a guide to sparkling wine and some tips on how to appreciate it. Though most Americans think of sparkling wine as primarily for celebrations such as New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, weddings and graduations, it can be enjoyed any time. Sparklers pair…

Tricky (rabbit) Cabernet Franc Carmenèré Reserva 2015: Valle del Maule, Chile I ‘m drinking cheap leading up to Christmas because I had not planned on buying a new dishwasher. Our dishwasher broke back in August. We have one of those expensive home warranties (2-10) and well… it has been a few months of hell. Mrs. Dan wouldn’t marry me 20 years ago until I got the dishwasher at my old house fixed. 20 years later and it was basically get it fixed or sleep outside. I had faith in the warranty we had bought. We didn’t hear from the local repair folks for almost 2 months. When they did show I paid $100 and said they needed parts…..Well four months in and it still doesn’t work. I won’t bore you with the details. Bottom-line is that it’s 4 days till Christmas and I’ve been told there will be a working…

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