Gifts for Wine Lovers


With Valentines day right around the corner I thought I might share some gift ideas for the wine lover in your life. Here at the compound we have opened many bottles of wine through the years.   Because of this DH and I have A LONG LIST of wine opening contraptions that do not work, break, […]

Jenna’s Bloody Mary Recipe


Jenna can mix a mean Bloody Mary concoction. I know this  based on the countless expressions of gratitude after her friends have taken their first sips.   I am here to share her recipe with you today, to enjoy during  the upcoming holidays. Jenna’s magic comes from her Dad.  I’ve had the privilege of watching him perfect his Bloody Mary craft […]

Pause Day 3 of Chicken Week for {Wordless Wednesday} with a great wine find

Alrighty friends. Instead of a recipe today to drool over. I’m taking my foot off the pedal to have a day of photographic scenery. But I won’t leave you hanging. Check out below for a great economical bottle of Red Wine that will float your boat. For Wordless Wednesday (perhaps a little wordy today), cheap […]

A Gimlet is in the Lime Light


A Gimlet is in the Lime Light.     If you’re looking to pour something slightly refreshing this summer, don’t forget the Gimlet. Here is how to mix the PERFECT one. Ingredients: 2 oz Hendrick’s Gin 2/3 oz Lime juice (fresh) Ice Preparation: Slice and squeeze many limes. (The more the better – I always […]

A Summer Time Absolut Glee Cocktail

absolute Glee

Glee Live performed in Hollywood this past Spring. I went weak in the knees when Puck, Mark Salling, glided on stage crooning Neil Diamond Sweet Caroline. Where it began, I can’t begin to know when But then I know it’s growing strong Oh, wasn’t the spring, whooo And spring became the summer Who’d believe you’d […]

Pitcher Perfect


I love classic wine cocktails for summer parties. I’m not sure if wine cocktails are true cocktails, but these recipes are still ideal for summer fun and entertaining. My go-to is a white or red sangria. I tend to prefer my wine straight up, see here , but have been known to make a wicked […]

Bartender, “I love Strawberries and I love Vodka”.

Tap.Tap.Tap – is this microphone on? I would like to introduce Sara Sara is to the left in the red sash. (Love the Red, try Blue and White ensemble) At her last party she served this Delightful Find. Wow, I was smitten. I can neither confirm or deny I had my fair share of her […]

What can replace a Conundrum?


There is really no riddle here—Conundrum is just a darn fine bottle of wine. Is it for a special night out or a lazy Sunday afternoon by the pool? Should you serve it with Shrimp Scampi or Steak?     Yes. That’s the Conundrum. It is a perfect blend of grapes making it a perfect white wine, any […]