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Im so happy you decided to visit The Unpretentious Wine Enthusiast! I decided to start this blog because of my love for everything wine, spirits, beer, and food. Before we get in to that, I would like to share a story with you. It’s a story of an everyday girl trapped in an everyday world….

Key Lime Pots De Creme

I can’t say enough how Key Lime Pie is one of my favorite deserts! It’s tart but a little sweet. Creamy but a little crunch. Perfect right!? Well I wanted something for a party that would look a little more impressive, but was still fairly easy to make. This recipe is easy, but the tricky…

Camomile Sour

I love a good cup of tea! It can be so comforting and I have always loved the slight bitterness. Camomile is one of my favorites and it adds so much to this bright refreshing summer cocktail! The key is to make concentrated tea ahead of time so it stands up to the rest of…

Ultimate Lamb Burger

I grew up eating some of the best home cooked dinners by my mom who is basically the Martha Stewart of San Jose. Minus the prison time and insider trading. She made my siblings and I halloween costumes, pillow cases for the couch, wreaths, and the best freaken spaghetti you’ve ever had in your life!…

Too Early to be Spring

The temperature in Sonoma is all over the place! First it’s mid 60s, then drastically 80s for a week, and finally in the 50s! That 80 degree weather was frightening because it’s too early for spring let alone summer weather. This drink is my ode to the end of winter and my love of Middle…

Reverse Seared Lamb CHops

As a child lamb was one of my favorite dishes! In fact, my father used to say I had the most expensive taste out of my siblings because while they wanted a hamburger or pasta at restaurants I always singled in on the rack of lamb. My favorite smell in the kitchen is my mom’s…

Paris 1889

I have been on a serious Apéritif and Digestif kick recently! Hopefully I’m not alone in this love affair with these sweet, bitter, and herbaceous liqueurs. They add lots of complexity to a drink even with minimal ingredients. They are however one of those items that are hard to find “substitutes” for when it comes…

Albariño and Lomo Saltado

Peru is famous for Pisco! The national drink is the Pisco Sour a delightful tangy, sweet, and strong mixture. However, Pisco isn’t the easiest spirit to find in your stander grocery store or corner liquor store in the United States. Especially not in the Napa/Sonoma Valley where I currently reside. What is abundant? WINE! SO,…

Lomo Saltado for one

Currently I am trying to fill the void in my heart where solo travel and wonderlust once thrived with cooking a new cultural dish once a week. Shockingly I’ve never been the person who feels the sting of loneliness when they are alone. People have always confused me, and at one point in my life…

Clockwork Sour

Aperitifs are liqueurs drank before a meal to stimulate ones appetite. Don’t you just love the way Europeans think? There are so many ways to introduce pleasure in to ones life even as small as a drink to help increase the pleasure of a meal. Probably one of the most popular aperitifs is the Italian…

Slow Cooker Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

2 Tbls Olive Oil 1 Larger Sweet Yellow Onion Diced 3 Stalks Celery Diced 2 Large Carrots Diced 3 Large Garlic Cloves Finely Chopped 1 Tbls Salt 1 Tbls Black Pepper 1lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 2 Cups Water 4 Cups Chicken Stock 1 Cup Chicken Bone Broth 4 Bay Leaves 1 Tbls Dried Oregano…