Our Favorite Wines from 2016


Heidi, our Beer & Wine Manager in San Antonio, did a little year-end review and pulled together her favorite wine selections from 2016 to share with you.

While 2017 will surely bring many new and delicious discoveries, these gems are worth exploring as we look forward to the new year. Happy tasting! 

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3 Potato Salad


The holidays are over and New Year's is upon us, which, to many of us football-crazed Texans, means posting up in front of the TV watching the biggest of the Bowl games. And, of course, you can't comfortably watch football without appropriate food, drink, and snacks! Here is a potato salad that makes an easy accompaniment to any type of main dish - meat, seafood, or veggie. Perfect for game time! 

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Charlito's Cocina: Hand-crafted Charcuterie


Charles worked a desk job Monday-Friday and had an interesting weekend hobby: meat. He loved food and the process of curing meat. So, on a Saturday, you'd find Charles creating slow-aged, Heritage Breed pork salami seasoned with hand-raked, solar -evaporated sea salt from Guatemala.  


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Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole


Breakfast casseroles are a great way to feed a table full of elves. And this recipe is a great after-Christmas dish that can use up both ham leftovers and extra dinner rolls. The combination of salty ham, melty Gruyere, and toasty bread is so delicious, Santa might want to stick around for breakfast! 

Extra bonus, it can be made the night before and baked fresh in the morning, which is a real present for you! 

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Tangerine Scones


It's Christmas morning. Put on your elf hat and get busy mixing something special for breakfast! Fresh scones with a citrus kick are a terrific choice.

These Tangerine Scones come together pretty quickly (especially if you prep the fruit the night before) and are a unique way to gather all your elves around the breakfast table.

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Sage and Juniper IPA Surprises and Pleases


Those of you who know me well know that there is nothing I love more than a big, hoppy, aggressive IPA at the end of the day. You probably also know that my love for the Bend Oregon brewery, Deschutes, knows no bounds. Seriously. Those folks are brilliant!

So, when offered the chance to try their newest offering, Sagefight, before it even hit our stores, I jumped at the chance. Glad I did, too, because it’s excellent and offered some surprises. We have it in-store now, so read my review and then check it out for yourself! 

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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta


Oft-maligned as a classic “icky vegetable” parents force their kids to eat, Brussels sprouts are enjoying the spotlight these days. I was first introduced to them at a bbq restaurant in Myrtle Beach, SC. They were roasted with a barbecue rub and totally blew my mind. THESE were Brussels sprouts? Why have I spent my life fearing you?

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Invite Sangria to Your Holiday Party


Sangria is a perfect holiday party drink that looks festive and tastes merry. It’s also easy to make! Surprise your guests with homemade sangria and don’t be surprised when they whip out their phones and start taking posting pics of their pretty glasses loaded with fruit and good cheer! 

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Perfect Wine Pairings for Holiday Gatherings


Today our expert wine buyer answers your questions about what wines are great bets for holiday dinners and what they pair well with. These selections also make great host gifts if you're traveling! 

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