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Mother’s Day Gifts Inspired by Pop Culture

April 25, 2017

Sometimes choosing the perfect gift for mom requires a little direction. This year, let pop culture lead the way. These Mother’s Day gifts are inspired by the trendy shows that everyone’s talking about, including the mom on your list. She never misses an episode of “Empire”  Mom is a major fan of the show’s leading…

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Thanksgiving Splurges You Won’t Regret

November 07, 2016

You may not have the budget to splurge on anything and everything, but you do want to celebrate the bountiful Thanksgiving season. These indulgences are downright worth the money: A Local, Organic Turkey Liz Mullen, co-chef of Minneapolis-based Chowgirls Killer Catering, is convinced that a free-range turkey—raised on a local farm without antibiotics and hormones—is…

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How to Pair Wine with Summer Cookout Foods

July 15, 2016

Beer often plays nicely with nearly anything that comes off the grill. Wine, on the other hand, always seemed a bit more complicated to serve at a summer cookout. However, after talking to certified sommelier, Leslee Miller, owner of the wine consulting firm Amusée, I’m having second thoughts. And you might, too! Her tips make it…

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Pairing Wine with Traditional Holiday Entrees

October 20, 2014 1

When it comes to picking out wines for the much-anticipated holiday meal, it’s hard to know where to start. It may even cause your stress level to bubble up faster than an agitated bottle of Dom Pérignon. So to help you quell any holiday wine-pairing anxiety without reaching for that bottle — ahem, glass —…

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Choose the Right Wine Glass

March 10, 2014 1

If you’ve ever felt like outsider Tom Branson or Matthew Crawley (picking up the wrong fork or wearing the wrong suit) when they first arrived to dine at “Downton Abbey” with the Granthams, you’ll appreciate this primer on wine glasses, also known as stemware. There are several different kinds of wine glasses, each designed to bring…

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Wine Gifts: Bring a Better Bottle

November 26, 2013 1

The holidays are a time for family and friends, celebrating, giving, and of course…parties!  Nobody wants to show up empty handed, and a bottle of wine is a classic hostess gift solution. Worried that bringing the wine will feel like a boring choice? Not this year! We at Above & Beyond have lots of creative…

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