Drinking Alone With the Moon

by Nannette Eaton on July 27, 2015

drinking alone with the moon“Drinking Alone Under the Moon,”
by Li Bo

Among the flowers, a single jug of wine;
I drink alone. No one close to me.
I raise my cup, invite the bright moon;
facing my shadow, together we make three.
The moon doesn’t know how to drink;
and my shadow can only follow my body.
But for a time I make moon and shadow my companions;
taking one’s pleasure must last until spring.
I sing — the moon wavers back and forth.
I dance — my shadow flickers and scatters.
When I’m sober we take pleasure together.
When I’m drunk, we each go our own ways.
I make an oath to journey forever free of feelings,
making an appointment with them to meet in the Milky Way afar.

[Translation by Paul Rouzer]


Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2015

Image from the The Addison Street Poetry Walk in Berkeley, California.


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Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards wants you to #BeGlorious on the 4th of July, so they hired Wine Harlots to talk about how we celebrate Independence Day — with Gloria Ferrer, naturally! Red, white and blue — and bubbles, too!

As kids we always liked the fireworks on the 4th — we gravitated to sparklers, and as adults we’re still fixated on sparklers, but now the sparklers come courtesy of the wine caves at Gloria Ferrer. Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is Carneros’ original sparkling wine house, owned and founded by the Ferrer family of Spain. Named for José Ferrer’s wife, Gloria, the winery opened in 1986 Sonoma County. Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards was the fulfillment of a longtime family dream: to make world-class sparkling wines in an exceptional New World terroir.

Sparkling wine suffers from the idea that it’s expensive, only for special occasions and fancy foods, but nothing is farther from the truth. The Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blanc and Blanc de Noir we sampled have a suggested retail of $22 USD so everyday can be a celebration.

We think sparkling wine pairs beautifully with every kind of food. Stumped on what to pair with Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus? Sparkling wine. Thai food? Sparkling wine. Fish and chips? Sparkling wine. Fried chicken? Sparkling wine. Any dish that has a high lipid content will brighten when served with sparkling wine, as the acid in the bubbly cuts through the fat in the dish. Try it with fresh guacamole and taco chips. Bliss.

The idea of a high-low-pairing is playful fun, and what better than to play on the 4th of July? We made homemade french fries with sea salt and classic bacon-wrapped hot dogs. You can trick your dogs out anyway you like from the 50 States of Hot Dogs or go International. We went basic and did classic yellow mustard and ketchup (but don’t tell Dirty Harry!)

The Gloria Ferrer tagline is “be glorious!” Join the Gloria Ferrer “Be Glorious” Photo Contest on Instagram and Twitter to win a prize pack of sparkling wine glasses. The theme is “Independence Day. Red, White, Blue and Bubbly.” To enter, hashtag your best photos with both #Glorious4th #BeGloriousContest to be considered. (Void where prohibited.)

Have a sparkling Independence Day. We will, with flutes of Gloria Ferrer. Be glorious.

Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2015

Wine Harlots were selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls, the content, opinions and creativity expressed here are authentic and genuine and were crafted independently.



Summer Sippers: Crios

by Nannette Eaton on June 22, 2015

“I felt like summer had taken me over.” ― Junot Díaz

Dominio del Plata Susana Balbo Crios Wine 1It’s summer! And as the heat-ramps up, you don’t want to be fussing over what to eat and drink. That said, you want to have solid selections for your summer soirées. Wine Harlots love the Crios line from Dominio del Plata Susana Balbo. They are fruit forward wines, but not simplistic. The white, the torrontés has an amazing floral nose with crisp acidity. The malbec rosé, is like drinking a glass of berries — raspberries and strawberries.

Dominio del Plata Susana Balbo Crios Wine with DinnerThese wines will pair well with most summertime foods and barbecue fare. We paired the wines with cheese enchiladas, and it was sublime.

Dominio del Plata Susana Balbo Crios Wine Rose of MalbecThe details: The White:  14.5% alcohol. 100% torrontés. Screw-cap closure. Appellation: Argentina (from the regions Cafayate (Salta) and Uco Valley (Mendoza.) The Rosé: 14.5% alcohol. 100% malbec. Appellation: Mendoza. The suggested retail is $15 USD, with the price as low as $11 in some markets. This was a media sample provided for editorial consideration.

Dominio del Plata Susana Balbo Crios Wine Torrontes Rose of Malbec

Dominio del Plata Susana Balbo Crios Wine Summer Wines

Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2015


The Best Roast Chicken

by Nannette Eaton on June 8, 2015


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The crew at Foster Farms® sponsored Wine Harlots to create a recipe and  highlight their new line of fresh chicken products.

Foster Farms® trio of fresh chicken products include: Foster Farms® Fresh & Natural, Foster Farms® Simply Raised (without antibiotics) and Foster Farms® Organic. Simply Raised without antibiotics by Foster Farms® is already in stores throughout California, Oregon and Washington, with Organic in Costco now and select grocery stores. All of Foster Farms’ fresh chicken is American Humane Certified™, 100% natural (minimally processed with no additives, preservatives, steroids or hormones), West Coast grown and features no added sodium.

foster farms perfect roast chicken 1As long-time readers know, Wine Harlots is all about effortless casual elegance when we entertain or cook. After stressing ourselves out about what recipe to prepare for this post, we decided to go with a basic roasted chicken. But don’t think basic means boring. This bird is anything but bland or blah! And don’t be intimated about cooking a whole chicken, this is easier than you can imagine. And goof-proof. We were distracted when we were cooking and forgot to truss the bird — trussing the legs helps to keep the chicken cooking evenly, and aesthetically it looks better — so presentation-wise it looks a little janky in the photos, but the chicken tasted prefect — moist, juicy and with a crisp skin. We also tore the skin when we turned the chicken, so it wasn’t picture-perfect, but it was perfectly awesome.

foster farms perfect roast chicken 2The Perfect Roast Chicken has been adapted from Jacques Pepin’s instructions on how to prepare a roast chicken like you get in Paris. The secret is in the temperature — cook the chicken at 500℉ (260℃) which seals the juiciness in, and crisps the skin to the drool-worthy golden brown. And don’t be lured into thinking you need a lot of ingredients to make a perfect chicken — all you need is a Foster Farms® chicken, salt and pepper to create the best chicken you’ve ever tasted — and in just over an hour.

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An additional bonus, besides having a fantastic roast chicken for dinner, you’ll have left-over chicken to make chicken tacos or chicken pot pie tomorrow. Once the chicken is eaten, we love to make a chicken stock for our famous Not Your Momma’s Chicken Soup (recipe forthcoming.)

The perfect wine pairing with a roast chicken is a Chablis, cru Beaujolais or a light pinot noir.

The Best Roast Chicken with Vegetables
Foster Farms® Fresh & Natural whole chicken
Butcher’s twine

Head of garlic
Red potatoes

Open chicken and remove any giblets.
Pat chicken dry, left sit at room temperature for an hour to dry the skin.
Heat oven to 500℉ (260℃.)

Place chicken in roasting pan or Dutch oven BREAST SIDE DOWN and cook for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven, flip chicken so it’s breast side up, and add peeled garlic cloves, quartered red potatoes and cut carrots around the base of the chicken to roast in the drippings.

Cook for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven.
Rest for 10 minutes.

Voilà! The best chicken you’ve ever tasted.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by Nannette Eaton for Wine Harlots on behalf of Foster Farms®. Compensation was provided for the recipe creation, photography and writing .

Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2015


Sauvignon Blanc Day

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The marketers and the social media have declared today #SauvBlanc day, and who are we, Wine Harlots, professional drinkers extraordinaire, to argue? Any day with a glass of wine in hand is a good day, in our opinion. Sauvignon blanc originated in France, but has packed it’s bags and traveled the world over to take […]

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Talbott Vineyards Club Members Party 2015

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What do the Wine Harlots do when we are “off-duty?” You’re not surprised that it involves wine. Our friend, Brix Chick Liza, is a member of the Talbott Vineyards wine club and invited us to join her at the annual club member pick up party, so we piled in the Brix Chicks hoopty and rolled […]

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Compound Interest :: The Chemistry Of Series

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Love, love, love these infographics from Compound Interest. Of course, I’m enchanted by the alcohol series, with the Champagne, red wine, beer and whiskey being favorites. You can even order them in poster size, to slake your thirst for science. Infographics courtesy of Compound Interest ©2015

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Quote of the Day

“Wine brings to light the hidden secrets of the soul.” — Horace

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International Women’s Day, Wine Harlot-style

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“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” ― Golda Meir In honor of International Women’s Day, Wine Harlots are celebrating five fabulous women. Gloria Steinem, who in […]

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6 façons de dire “je t’aime”
6 Ways to Say “I Love You”

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Guys, you think you have romantic game? You may have to step it up several notches after viewing these series of video love-notes. 6 façons de dire “je t’aime” (6 Ways to Say “I Love You”) is a media campaign promoting the products of France’s Southwest region to their trade partners in China. The video […]

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