Posts Written OnNovember 20, 2007

A Thanksgiving with Robin Meredith

We continue our tour of contributor’s Thanksgiving plans with Robin Meredith, our newest contributor. As with many Americans, our Thanksgiving is a "melting pot" affair, with at least four family groupings, three generations, and two major ethnic groups gathered around the table. The menu is usually fairly traditional but, needless to say, beverage preferences vary pretty widely in a group like that. Of course, Karen and I are always expected to bring the wine. We usually tend to focus on crowd-pleasing wines with some local flavor — this is not the occasion to break out the Corton-Charlemagne! I always tend…

Vineyard Visuals: Wolffer Estate Through the Growing Season (November 19)

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Our resident shutterfly, Ellen Watson sent me this stunning picture this afternoon with a note saying: "Yesterday was a gorgeous day. It was bitter cold. I got to Wolffer and noticed that all of the leaves are off of the vines. The color of the vines is a red brown….the clouds and sky were spectacular….the ground was cold and damp as I lay on my belly. I prayed that I could hold the camera still as the wind blew over me @ 3:30 in the afternoon." Ellen and I will continue this project through the winter as well, so I…

What is Sasha Smith Doing for Thanksgiving?

So what is Sasha Smith, our New York City Correspondent doing on Thursday to celebrate the holiday? Read below to find out: This year we’re headed to my sister-in-law’s place in Livingston, New Jersey. Her husband is a former chef who trained at the CIA, so we’re in good hands. I don’t love turkey, but he brines his bird, which is definitely an improvement. Sides are mashed potatoes, mashed turnips, and, yes, the green bean casserole from the back of the cream of mushroom soup can. It’s a tradition in my husband’s family, and not one I embrace. Fortunately, my…