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–Your summer vacation is OVER!

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Hello delicious, Fall Sunday Dinners

Venison Stew with Cinnamon & Wine
Recipe by: Edgar Navarrete, Affaire Bistro & Lounge, NYC

Ingredients (serves 4)

1 lb. venison meat diced for stew (leg)*Venson can be substituted with lamb. It’s just as awesome!!  :)
1/2 cup olive oil
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 onion, diced
1 celery root, peeled and diced
3/4 cup flour
1 bottle of red wine *(2010 Graffigna Centenario Malbec was used in this recipe)
2 quarts beef broth (canned)
5 cinnamon sticks
2 sprigs fresh parsley
2 sprigs fresh thyme
3 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste


Heat up a large braising pan. Season the meat with half of the olive oil (1/4 cup), salt and pepper. Heat the rest of the olive oil (1/4 cup) in the braising pan and cook the venison for about three minutes on each side. Remove from pan. Put the vegetables in the pan and sauté for about three minutes, season with salt and pepper. Once the vegetables begin to soften, add the venison and mix. Sprinkle flour on top and continue mixing. Once the flour is cooked (when you can no longer see it) add the wine, beef broth, cinnamon sticks, parsley and thyme, and bring it to a boil. Add sugar and tomato paste, and stir until incorporated. Cover with aluminum foil and reduce heat to a simmer (very slow boil). Cook for one hour, adding water if needed. Once the meat is tender, it is ready to serve.

Hello dark, peppery fruit bombs

2010 Graffigna Centenario Malbec (Sample, MSRP: $13 US)

Hello, you lovely vision in green

  –I’m starting to tear up…

Welcome back NFL…welcome back

I missed you… and all of the great food and wine that goes best with this time of year!  :)

Week #17: Who Are You Callin’ Sugar?

It’s crunch time in this 2010 NFL season:  playoff scenarios and mathematical probabilities are being hashed out; fantasy football leagues & pools are buzzing with excitement; and football analysts and armchair quarterbacks are all starting to voice their opinions on which teams will win and which teams will bite the dust and pack up their lockers until next season. 

For this last remaining week in the regular season, I’ve decided to make a very gusty off-the-field move that could unleash a throng of challenge flags or incite someone to douse me with a cooler full of Gatorade for suggesting such a ‘Flowery’ final regular-season food & wine pairing. 

Preparation for week #17 from the WineLife365 Playbook: 

You’ll need a smoker, some prime cuts of meat, and wait for it…Rosé wine.  Yes – ‘Pink’ wine! 

Most guys wouldn’t have a problem with this Pink lying on the dining room table directly in front of them, or watching the cool Cirque du Soleil thing while casually sipping on a “manly wine” like say – Cabernet Sauvignon. 

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However, having this Pink directly in front of them seems to spark a whole different set of intense, if not adverse, reactions. 

What a complete and utter shame to judge a wine on its color! 

Why?  Because the classic, real pink stuff, like this French 2009 Reserve Grand Veneur, Côtes du Rhône Rosé (MSRP: $14, Sample) is absolutely marvelous with a variety (and I mean variety!) of “manly” kinds of food like: 

  • BBQ Chicken
  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches topped with Cole Slaw
  • Chinese takeout
  • Pizza
  • Chips and Salsa
  • Doritos and Potato Chips
  • And lots of other somewhat salty and spicy foods!

Putting it all out on the line this Sunday…   

If you’re ready to give it all you’ve got this last Sunday in the regular season, here’s your NFL ticket to-do list: 

1.) Go out and get yourself a massive smoker.  Heck, take up a collection from all of your buddies if you need to, because it’s so worth it! 

2.) Assemble and season your smoker prior to Sunday morning.   

3.) Season your ribs, chicken, fish, ham, pork, turkey… or anything else you want to smoke! 

4.) Wake up early Sunday morning, put on your game jersey (and some pants!), throw some hickory or mesquite wood into your smoker, put whatever meat(s) you’ve chosen to smoke and fire-up the smoker…then go sit on your couch! 

Once the meat is done, pair your smoked fare with a deliciously floral, herbaceous, strawberry and watermelon packed pink beauty, such as the 2009 Reserve Grand Veneur, Côtes du Rhône Rosé – it’s a game winning touchdown!


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