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Your Holiday calorie counter

Published on November 18, 2012 By Susan Tolles

For those of us in the United States, Thanksgiving is this Thursday. Many of us are looking forward to traditional family dinners complete with turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and pumpkin pie. We are also anticipating–though not as eagerly– those extra pounds that the holidays always seem to add to our bodies. Often, we take a walk more »

The Essentials of Buying a Wine Refrigerator

Published on July 25, 2012 By Susan Tolles

Considering buying a wine refrigerator, but don’t know where to start? Here are some great guidelines to help narrow down your choices.

Wine is the New Golf

Published on April 24, 2012 By Susan Tolles

Think of group wine tastings as the new golf outing. It requires no prior experience, is a team sport, and the price is right!

Waiter, there is someone drinking my wine!

Published on April 6, 2012 By Susan Tolles

The role of a sommelier has changed over the decades. Some still taste test your wine before pouring it for you. Is this necessary?

Wine Decanting: What’s the Deal?

Published on February 25, 2012 By Susan Tolles

There are two main reasons to decant wine. One is to remove the sediment, which is more often found in wines with ten or more years of bottle age and vintage ports. The other is to soften young tannic wines through aeration.

Ingredient of the Month: Sweet Potatoes

Published on February 10, 2012 By Susan Tolles

Discover unique & fun ways to prepare the mighty sweet potato. Hearty and comforting, yet beautiful and delicate in flavor, this root is a true kitchen staple.

Fall in Love with Loire Valley Wines

Published on February 3, 2012 By Susan Tolles

The Loire Valley is in northwestern France— a cool climate growing area that produces wines known for their crisp acidity, which makes them exceptionally food-friendly. The Loire produces a diverse range of wines that includes sparkling, white, rose, red and luscious dessert wines.

Introducing Austrian wines

Published on December 10, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Vibrant, fun-loving, interesting, and great to eat with—this is a great description of the wonderful people I met in Austria last January. But it also describes their wines. Austria might not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of fine wine, but it could be. The combination of Austria’s long history more »

Calcium Supplements: Dangerous for Women?

Published on September 6, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Calcium supplements can be dangerous for women by causing an imbalance in magnesium, which is vital to proper heart function. How can women avoid potentially serious heart problems?

Wine Temperatures: Why Ask Why?

Published on August 18, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Why Ask Why? At a recent wine tasting someone asked, “Why is white wine served cold and red wine served at room temperature?” This simple question inspired me to share with you the “Whys” of ideal serving temperatures. Unfortunately, the biggest problem with temperature is actually that whites are often served too cold and reds more »

Secrets to Ordering a Great Bottle of Wine- Every Time!

Published on August 3, 2011 By Susan Tolles

  Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed by the wine list?  Intimidated by the options, whether there are 20 or 200 to choose from, only to settle on the only thing that sounds familiar to you (you know, the same ol’, same ol’).  Laurie Forster, the Wine Coach, is here to the rescue. With these more »

Give Your Wine Some TLC!

Published on July 21, 2011 By Susan Tolles

We all instinctively know that without proper care our bodies do not operate at their best.  For this reason we need to treat ourselves to Tender Loving Care or TLC with things like getting a good night’s rest, eating healthy and hopefully get a bit of exercise.  Most of us however fail to treat our more »

Take Control of the Wine List!

Published on July 13, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Imagine this—You are seated at an upscale restaurant with one of your best clients and then handed a wine list thicker than a college textbook.  You want to pick out the “perfect” wine to impress your client but everything looks like it is written in a foreign language.  After only a few minutes the server more »

Perfect Partners: Food & Wine

Published on June 30, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Which comes first the food or the wine?  This is a common debate at the Forster dinner table.  I met my husband Chef Michael Forster at a food and wine pairing class eight years ago and we have been discussing the topic ever since. When we go out to dinner I like to first select more »

The Girlfriends Dinner….

Published on May 26, 2011 By Susan Tolles

A group of 15-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner. Finally, they agreed to meet at the Dairy Queen next to the Oceanview restaurant because they had only $6.00 among them and Jimmy Johnson, the cute boy in Social Studies, lived on that street. 10 years later, the group of 25-year-old girlfriends discussed where more »

Great wine & food

Published on November 14, 2010 By Susan Tolles

The older I get, the more I appreciate good food and wine, especially when shared with great friends. I love to go to wine tastings and learn all about food & wine pairings. It’s amazing what a difference the right pairing can make in your dinner. My husband and I attended a wine and food more »

Red wine for trim waistlines!

Published on March 8, 2010 By Susan Tolles

Great news Ladies! Here’s a story from Reuters released today about the benefits of  red wine for your waistline. Light to moderate alcohol consumption, especially red wine, is not only good for a woman’s heart, it’s also good for her waistline, according to a study reported Monday. The study started out with nearly 20,000 trim more »

Bread Pudding and Wellness

Published on October 11, 2009 By Susan Tolles

Today I had bread pudding after lunch. So, instead of doing what I wanted to do–to curl up with a blanket and enjoy reading on a rainy cool afternoon–I turned on an exercise video and “felt the burn.” Instead of snoozing with the drone of Sunday afternoon football in the background, I listened to a more »