We’re Cooking: Mediterranean Style Shrimp

Today is my mama’s birthday. In honor of her, a recipe I know she would love, as it has all the yummy delights that make her heart sing. And, as she makes my heart sing, I send this little treat to her and to you.
Mama, ask Raul to make this for you tonight!

Toasting the southern coast of the Mediterranean Sea with a quick recipe filled with a pile of fresh veggies, juicy shrimp, and a hint of spice. We made this tasty recipe the other evening based on the veggies we had in our fridge, but you can easily add or subtract anything to suit your taste. But, the subtle licorice note of the fennel, married with briny capers, the heat of the red pepper flakes, the peppery flavor of the arugula, and the sweetness of the peppers and tomatoes, made for an incredible, super healthy dinner.

Pair with a crisp light white wine or Rose that sings of the Sea, like a Rolle from Provence, or of course, a Rose. We opted for the Rose, selecting a new release from JCB, JCB No 5 Cotes de Provence Rose ($25) filled with wild berry, orange blossom, and soft herbs de Provence notes of thyme and lilac. Read More

What To Drink Now: Wine….And Wineries That Are Ready To Ship

Welcome to a new take on the “normal” work week. We will either come out of this pandemic as master chefs, in-home jazzercise experts, or Sommeliers, instead of obese, flabby, stressed, alcoholics that social media is indicating. As we try to navigate how to social distance, stay home, and not go completely stir crazy, many wineries throughout the country are stepping up to help you manage (not over-indulge) through this crisis by offering discounts and unbelievable shipping deals. For those of us who live in Hawaii…this is big! As always, drink (and eat) responsibly. But, here are some of the opportunities you can take advantage of right now.

And, I will add my own bonus, as eventually, we will all get back to normal. I will extend a “friends and family” discount on any wine country concierge planning service of three days or more. Email me in the next 30 days to take advantage, and I will plan your trip for 2-6 guests to Napa, Sonoma, or Willamette Valley, including where to taste, dine, stay, and play, for half my normal rate for travel anytime through the end of 2020.

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Wine of the Day: Reata Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Super juicy, vibrant, and lively, delivering tropical fruit flavors wrapped with creamy lemon custard notes, Reata Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($20) melds fruit from Russian River and Carneros, barrel fermenting half the juice, and aging for 9 months in partially new French oak. Though many techniques to add richness, texture, and the creaminess that malolactic fermentation gives to white wine, the Chardonnay maintains freshness with a balance of bright acidity. Green apple and honeydew meld with toasted spice, almond, and cream in this food-friendly option to enjoy any night.

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Sommelier, Personal Chef & Concierge Creating Elegant Dinner Parties and Unique Wine Tasting Events to the Big Island of Hawaii

Cogill Wine & Film

Cogill WIne & Film and Cogill Consulting brings together the talents of Producer Gary Cogill and his wife, Sommelier Hayley Hamilton Cogill, working together, yet thriving individually, for a perfect pairing of wine and film.