I am frequently asked two questions this time of year: why is Oktoberfest in September and what is the difference between ales and lagers? While I am no cicerone (the beer equivalent of sommelier), I do know a few and have spent some time around master brewers. So, let's tackle the first question. Oktoberfest originally… Continue reading Oktoberfest to kick off October!
It is once again that time for #ThirstyThursday with The Mandy Connell show and boy, do we need this now more than ever. Variants, boosters, returning to school, Afghanistan...the world is coming at us like a fire hose on full blast so it is a good time to pause, reflect, spend time with our family,… Continue reading Vegan Wines and Foods plus Here’s a Toast to Becky Wasserman-Hone
How does one become a sommelier? Is a 2005 Beringer White Zin drinkable? Bastile Day wines.
Where has the year gone? I CANNOT believe that we are already discussing the Fourth of July holiday. I also never thought I would be one to go camping in a travel trailer, but here I am, rocking that lifestyle, too. After last year's muted celebrations that brought warnings and admonishments for large gatherings, it… Continue reading Red, White, and Brew: Let’s Chat Day Drinking
It is that time of year again and as things begin to open up, families are planning summer vacations, gathering for BBQs, and simply getting back out there. I am amongst those! (Well, we have been out there since my husband has been flying this whole time. But now I am doing it mask free!)… Continue reading We Remember: A Thirsty Thursday Dedicated to Those Who Gave Their Lives so That We May Be Free
I recently celebrated my wedding anniversary with this guy: We have been hitched for 20 years now, through two wars, multiple deployments, lots of geographically separations, tears, laughter, good wine, bad wine, wine gone bad, winning Bronco seasons and losing ones...but he has always had my back and I could not have chosen a better… Continue reading Thirsty Thursday with Mandy: Let’s Chat $20 Wines!
Okay, I am going to begin by stating: I don't observe Earth Day, even as a tree and animal loving yogi...I have serious qualms with the founder of this "day," which I am not going to delve into at this time. Suffice it to say, I have been recycling since I was a teen, using… Continue reading Natural Wines, Anniversaries, and Earth Day!
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As part of my monthly segment on 850 KOA with The Mandy Connell Show, we are once again turning our attention to holiday wines and the foods that love them. This time, we are taking a look at options for your Passover or Easter holiday scene. Since both holidays were severely limited in 2020 due… Continue reading Thirsty Thursday Chats Passover and Easter: Wines and Foods to Delight and Grace Your Holiday Table