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About foodandwinediscoveries

Sheldon Menery is a self-taught food and wine aficionado who has circled the globe in search of the riches it has to offer. He's dined and drank at some of the best (and worst) places in the world. He's the former partner and Wine Director at The Butcher Block Gourmet Market and Wine Shop in Tampa, Florida. He's the second-best cook in his house, his wife Gretchyn (who is quite really a rocket scientist) easily taking top honors.

Dinner Gang 15: Rosé

Summer comes early to Florida, so we think about having refreshing drinks in the evening a month or two before everyone else does.  When it comes to refreshing wine, rosé does nice work.  In this instantiation of Dinner Gang, Jim … Continue reading

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Dinner Gang 14: Going Down Under

The theme for Dinner Gang 14, which we hosted, was Australian Wines.  We wanted a challenging theme with accessible wines.  We were not disappointed. Our path to what we made (as hosts, we’re responsible for the main course and dessert) … Continue reading

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Dinner Gang 13

New World Food, Old World Wine It was Kathryn and David’s turn to host this installment of Dinner Gang, and they came up with what I think has been the most clever theme to date:  New World food paired with … Continue reading

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Dinner Gang 11

Around the World with Sauvignon Blanc aka “Beurre in the Brrrrrrrrrr” One of the reasons we live in Florida is so we can eat outside in the winter.  Unfortunately, the arctic vortex affected even us, and as temperatures plunged to … Continue reading

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Dinner Gang 9

I’m obviously behind the curve.  I’m sitting here writing up the details of Dinner Gang 9 with our dish for Dinner Gang 10 on the stove.  I guess we’ll get to that later. Preparations for this episode began a few … Continue reading

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Dinner Gang 8

Dinner Gang time rolled back around and it was our time to host.  We’ve decided that for our turns, we’re most likely going to focus on particular styles of wine, whether it’s a varietal or region, in order to lay … Continue reading

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Sandwich Basics

Thanks to the Earl and his chess obsession. First of all, let’s agree we’re not just talking about slapping some ham and cheese on bread for a quick lunch.  While that’s certainly useful for getting yourself fed, we’re going to … Continue reading

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Dinner Gang 7

Our monthly meet-ups with friends Kathryn & David and Neal & Jim have become one of the evenings we look forward to the most.  Great food, great friends, and great wines equal a great time, and this month, the seventh … Continue reading

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Three Faces of Syrah

Our Dinner Gang with friends Kathryn & David and Neal & Jim is in its fifth or sixth month now.  Once a month, one of the three of us hosts, there’s a theme, and we cook.  Simple as that.  The … Continue reading

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Okay with Oakley’s

It’s the place you drive by a hundred times before you decide to stop.  It’s in that awkward-to-get-to little strip mall, wedged in between a DQ and a mattress shop.  It doesn’t have any parking to speak of, or a … Continue reading

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