Pinot Pairings: Mussels with feta cheese and tomato sauce

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A Greek diet is a great way to eat, drink and live, but it’s also a realistic and sustainable way to reduce disease, inflammation and a perfect way of maintaining a healthy weight range. So it’s no wonder that most leading doctors and dieticians worldwide recommend following a Greek diet!

When pairing wine and greek food, red meat dishes like lamb pair well with heavy wine such as shiraz, merlot or cabernet. Greek fish dishes pair with lighter wine such as pinot grigio or pinot noir.


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 small green bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 1 pound plum tomatoes, peeled and chopped

  • 1 teaspoon dried Greek oregano, crumbled

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 tablespoons ouzo

  • 3 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • Crusty bread, for serving

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic, onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, oregano and cayenne and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the ouzo and boil for 1 minute. Add the mussels, cover and cook until the mussels open, about 5 minutes.

Step 2    

Transfer the mussels to 6 bowls. Return the pot to high heat and stir in the feta and butter. Pour the broth over the mussels and serve with crusty bread.

A Spooky Delicious Cocktail Recipe

Are y’all ready for some Halloween fun!? Carve the pumpkin. Find the perfect costume. Stock up on plenty of sweet treats! But leave the wine & cocktails to us and we'll make sure you are stocked up for every kind of Halloween festivity!

We've got a special Halloween cocktail recipe for you that’s spooky delicious.


Forget about pumpkin spice lattes today. We’ve got the perfect recipe for a festive hallow’s eve cocktail. 👻

Yes, it's getting colder out, but that doesn't mean you have to give up your margaritas! If you love pumpkin spice then you'll love this Pumpkin Spice Margarita that pairs well with front porches and Halloween decor. 🎃

Add ice to a martini shaker
Add orange juice, tequila, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and agave to ice and shake
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass over ice
optional-rim glass with cinnamon before
Splash water
🍹 Garnish with an orange twist and add a pinch of cinnamon and pinch of pumpkin pie spice

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Grilling With Tito's Vodka


Elevate your Memorial Day barbecue experience with some authentic barbecue and good spirits!

S.O. to The Sommelier Chef for this amazing Spicy Vodka Marinade. We suggest whipping up a batch with Tito’s Handmade Vodka and marinating pork medallions to make an amazing appetizer.

  • Wrap your marinated medallions in bacon, securing with a sewer.
  • Grill low and slow to let the marinade caramelize and crisp without burning.
  • Remove, serve, and bon appétit!

Best of all, this one can be enjoyed by guests of all ages, as the alcohol in the marinade evaporates during the cooking process.



California 2018 Must-Visit Spots Continued...

Following our time in San Francisco, we ventured up to our favorite area of wine country. The Russian River Valley and the bustling little wine town of Healdsburg, CA.


These places are home to some of the finest Burgundian varietals of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The team J always greets us with the most hospitable vibes and has a high understanding of geology and the interaction with soil, climate, rootstock, and clone, every step of the way from farming the grapes, to making the wine, to enjoying it.

Everything seems to be meticulously reviewed and continually improved. As a certified sustainable winery, J Winery's Pinot Gris makes our #2 must-visit vineyard while on the west coast! 

New Recipe: California Heat Punch 

Whatever is good for the soul, do that.

This past holiday season we spent time documenting our trip to California to visit friends and family. As well as, some of our favorite winemakers, restaurants & bars in San Francisco, Healdsburg, Big Sur & Los Angeles. This week we'll be sharing our west coast wine, cocktail, and restaurant recs! First on the list is this delicious warming sparkling wine & vodka punch! Cheers to a tasteful 2018🍹



Recipe: California Heat Punch 

9 ounces Hangar 1 Straight Vodka
3 ounces pear liqueur
4 1⁄2 ounces lemon juice
4 1⁄2 ounces Honey Syrup*
1 1⁄2 ounces allspice dram
6 ounces California sparkling wine
6 ounces seltzer water
Lemon peel, peeled from one whole lemon

Add all ingredients in punch bowl over large block ice. Stir vigorously and top with sparkling wine and seltzer. Garnish with fresh sliced pears, lemon wheels spiked with cloves, whole star anise & freshly grated cinnamon. *Honey syrup = 3 parts honey to 1 part hot water.

It's Cinco O'Clock Somewhere



It's cinco o'clock somewhere! Which means you should grab your favorite tequila (our's is Casamigos) & make our margarita stat!⠀

1 single shot agave nectar⠀
Juice of one lime⠀
Juice of 1/2 orange⠀
1.5 single shot of tequila⠀

Add agave, lime and orange juice in a shaker, mix well. Add tequila, mix again and strain over ice. Add salt and lime wedge.