Fall Creek Vineyards Meritus 2013

Our last pick from Fall Creek Vineyards is their award winning Meritus Merlot/Cab blend. Personally I tend to like blended wines, and this wine will be a perfect pairing for those holiday prime rib roasts. This will also make a great hostess gift for any parties or dinners to which you are invited.

Tasting notes from the vineyard’s website:

Fall Creek Vineyards Meritus 2013“For the first time, Merlot steps into a place of prominence as 53% of the blend. This lends the wine a graceful and defined flavor profile reminiscent of dried rose petals, aged cedar, red plum and currant with a hint of Assam black tea. With such structure and capacity for ageing, the 2013 Meritus spent 20 months ageing in barrel and an additional year ageing in bottle before release. The outcome…a wine of finesse and charm.

This wine is perfect for a robust beef dish, such as ribeye steak, or with substantial, creamy cheeses, such as Brie or Gorgonzola.”

If you would like to purchase a bottle as a gift (for a loved one or for yourself), you may do so directly from their website here. If you need a gift-that-keeps-on-giving for the wine lover in your life, they also offer wine club memberships!

You can even visit the vineyard in person as it’s just a short drive outside of Austin in Driftwood. While you’re there you can also check out the original Salt Lick BBQ right across the street for some delicious brisket and a great atmosphere.

Life is better with good food, good wine and great design,

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Christmas in Austin: Music to Play

Okay, so we don’t get your typical traditional White Christmas here, and at my house we often times eat Thanksgiving and even Christmas dinner on our back patio. Even so, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere for Christmas other than Austin, Texas. Whether you are celebrating Christmas or not, Christmas through New Years Eve here in Austin the people are friendly, the tamales are plentiful and margaritas replace the eggnog. Continue reading

Spicy Shrimp and Crab Bruschetta

Everyone can always use a new appetizer to roll out around the holidays. This is a good one for a small dinner party, or you can double or even triple the recipe for larger crowds. If you are gluten free, just substitute a gluten free french bread such as Udi’s, or you can even use a more standard loaf of gluten free bread and use a cookie cutter to make rounds, or other festive shapes. If you are highly allergic, then I will say that recipes like this one which use a lot of mayonnaise may have traces of gluten in them, and so just make sure to also use a mayonnaise specifically marked gluten free (or even a substitute like Vegenaise would work well here).

Printable Recipe Card: Spicy Shrimp and Crab Bruschetta

If you give this recipe a try, I would love to hear your thoughts! Comment below and let us know what other types of recipes you would like to read about on the blog.

Life is better with good food, good wine and great design,

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Dine With Design: Christmas

The trends for Christmas this year seem to be very subdued, with a lot of neutral tones. It’s a fresh, clean look that pairs well with the current design trends. I anticipate that in years to come we will start seeing more color again, but you can never go wrong with white and so our Christmas dinner tablescape this year is from a collection we sell called First Snow. It is elegant and beautiful. We don’t get snow in Texas, but we get to pretend a little with this table setting. Continue reading

Dine With Design: Thanksgiving

I have to say that I do believe Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The foods of the season bring back so many good memories of my maternal grandparents. For as long as I can remember, we would all pile in our station wagon and head to my grandparents’ house in the then small-speck-on-the-map town of Dripping Springs. There wasn’t even a grocery store in the town at that time. Other than a few churches and local mom & pop stores, Dripping Springs was literally in the middle of nowhere. My grandmother used to drive all the way in to Oak Hill to purchase groceries. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Sausage and Sauerkraut

I am bartering with my dad right now to run my son all over creation in exchange for this pork roast dinner. It’s a hearty meal for cold winter nights and works really great as a New Year’s Day meal paired with black eyed peas. Other than browning the roast, this is a throw-it-in-the-crock-pot kind of meal, which is how we like to roll when we can. The only thing tricky about crock pot meals is remembering that I need to take something out of the freezer the day ahead if it’s something I have already thrown in the freezer.

Printable Recipe Card: Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Sausage and Sauerkraut

Enjoy the holiday season and let us know what you think! Comment below and let us know what other types of recipes you would like to read about on the blog.

Life is better with good food, good wine and great design,

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