December 5, 2014
B UZZ: Hey, Marnie, I'm in charge of beverages for our office Christmas party, but I'm not sure how much wine to get. Any advice? Marnie: Figuring out how much wine to buy for parties is always a challenge, since consumption can vary widely, but here are some rules of thumb I use: First, calculate the number of guests and the length of the event. I usually plan on one drink per person for the first half hour, then one more per hour thereafter. Buzz: Ha! My friend Howard will go through twice that.
December 4, 2014
I REALLY HAD NO intention of writing about this ever again. I'd said most of what I needed to say in print, on Facebook, on the radio and on television, and was getting tired of going around in circles about the phrase "statute of limitations. " There were other things to think about during my birthday week, like how many Starbucks gift cards I was likely to get and whether actually asking for a bottle of Sambuca with a bow on it was declasse. But then, someone said something that, like a red flag in the face of a bespectacled 5-foot-1-inch bull, made the steam flow.
November 21, 2014
B UZZ: Hey, Marnie, what kind of red wine should I get for Thanksgiving? Marnie: That depends on what you're serving. Is it the traditional holiday meal? Buzz: Yup. Turkey and ham, cranberry relish, sweet potatoes and stuffing - the works. Marnie: OK, Buzz, there's really only one thing to bear in mind, then, when you choose a wine. I know you prefer dry wines, but you should get something that tastes noticeably sweet. Buzz: I quit drinking Bali Hai and Mad Dog 20-20 in college.
November 21, 2014 |
According to a recent poll by Food & Wine magazine, 58 percent of Americans who drink wine on Thanksgiving (and that's 86 percent of drinkers) go for pinot noir. It's no wonder, since that mid-weight red is among the most flexible choices to handle the wide range of flavors on the table. But which pinot to purchase? I side with the 68 percent of those surveyed who go for American for this definitively all-American holiday. And in years past, I've gravitated toward the earthier, tarter bottles from Oregon.
November 12, 2014
P ATRICK MICHAEL Carrow, 46, of Bella Vista, is owner and creative director of Patrick Michael Accessories, in North Philly. Carrow creates one-of-a-kind handbags, clutches, wallets and wine totes from discontinued fabrics he sources from textile mills overseas. The business, started in 2009, sells from a website, at craft shows and at boutiques. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: I've always collected beautiful fabrics, and one night I stacked all the fabrics and, after running errands, came back and saw this harmony of color, print and texture.
November 7, 2014
B UZZ: Hey, Marnie, why do wines need to rest before they're ready to drink? Marnie: Most wines are ready to drink immediately, Buzz. Certainly all wines in your favorite bargain category. If it's on the shelf for less than $25, there's no need to age it any further, so drink up. Buzz: No, I mean when you make wine, not when you buy it. My Italian father-in-law makes his own homemade red. I helped him crush grapes in September, so when we visited last weekend I wanted to drink the batch we made.
November 4, 2014 |
I T TOOK a few years of running a financial ministry at my church before I realized that the program needed to be revamped. Initially, I would have participants start with creating a budget. But by the time we got midway through the 10-month schedule, far too many people hadn't done theirs. So I spent one session probing why folks couldn't finish - or even start - their budgets. For the most part, it all came down to fear. One 50-year-old woman clarified it for me. "I'm ashamed," she said, shaking and choking back tears.
October 29, 2014
B UZZ: I had enough French in high school to know blanc means white. But grapes, like sauvignon blanc, are green. Shouldn't it be sauvignon vert ? Marnie: That's a good question, Buzz. Green wine grapes likely weren't dubbed "white" because they look white but to emphasize their contrast with purple grapes, which are so dark they look black on the vine. Buzz: So, you're saying winemakers think in black and white? Marnie: I guess they must, since that's how they historically named grape varieties in Europe.
September 3, 2014
ISSUE | SPORTS INJURIES Coach attentive On behalf of six other student athletes, our experience in playing for Craig Reed's under-17 soccer club team in Chester County does not in any way match the player-trauma allegations in a recent lawsuit ("In Chesco, a soccer lawsuit," Aug. 25). Reed is a great coach who cares about our welfare. He is always positive. Collectively, we have played for the coach anywhere from four to seven years, and we were on the team with the player who sued.
August 29, 2014
B UZZ: Hey, Marnie, I'm glad I ran into you. We have our family reunion barbecue every Labor Day in Fairmount Park, and this year I'm supposed to bring the wine. Any suggestions? Marnie: Sure thing, Buzz. I recommend sticking to chilled, lightweight wines when the occasion involves drinking in broad daylight. This goes double for warm weather, so steer away from the heavier reds. Think white or pink, and bring a cooler. Buzz: Oh, I never leave home without a cooler.