January 2018 Blog Posts


Vintner Spotlight: Anthony and Olive Russell of Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hamilton Russell Vineyards is one of the closest vineyards to the sea in the southern wine estates of Africa. Having pioneered viticulture and winemaking just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus, Hamilton Russell utilizes the cool climates of South Africa and Hemel-en-Aarde Valley to produce what are widely considered the best wines in South Africa and among the finest wines in the world. Originally founded by Tim Hamilton Russell in 1975, the undeveloped...

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Punts and Pinot

Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2018

A tradition lasting over 50 years, Super Bowl Sunday serves as the peak night of America’s enjoyment of football. Whether your team is on the field in their bright uniforms or you’re just watching for the commercial breaks, everyone enjoys the food at a Super Bowl party! Typically for fried, bold, and spicy snacks, the assumed beverage of choice tends to be a cold beer. But what if you’re like us and would rather enjoy wine with all occasions? Despite...

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Chef Spotlight: Craig Richards

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018

Craig Richards, renowned Executive Chef at St. Cecilia restaurant and VP of Culinary Operations of Ford Fry Restaurants, did not always set out to be a chef. While studying creative writing in graduate school, Craig picked up a job washing dishes for a local restaurant to earn extra money. It was there that his interest in the profession was piqued. “I enjoyed the camaraderie, pace and energy. I also like how you cook something and it’s immediately enjoyed...

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Vintner Spotlight: Champagne Delamotte and Salon

Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2018

Located in the illustrious Cote Des Blancs area of northeast France, Champagne Delamotte has been a benchmark wine producer since 1780. With wines described as discrete yet present, heady but not heavy, they are known for creating a light, impertinent champagne perfect for any occasion. Producing Bruts, Blancs de Blancs, and Rosé, their luxurious productions stand out from the crowd.  Mathieu Pouchan, the Export Director for Salon Delamotte, came...

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Charity Spotlight: AMIkids

Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2018

“Separating a troubled past from a bright future” is the vision that AMIkids Emerald Coast works towards every day. Located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, this nonprofit is dedicated to helping kids transform their lives by discovering the potential within themselves, providing care and guidance to help them achieve their goals, and breaking the cycle of failure and poverty.  AMIkids Personal Growth Model © focuses on education, behavior modification...

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