195 American Fusion

The best non resort restaurant in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines area may be 195 American Fusion. Located in an out of the way building, 195 presents inspired cocktails, great atmosphere, creative entrees that feature local ingredients, and wonderful desserts. The dining room is a pleasing elegant design that complements the food and adds to the

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Black Mocha Stout

Highland Brewing Company’s Black Mocha Stout has a very malty body which bring out the big flavors of roasted chocolate. This flavor profile is developed by the use of roasted barley in the brewing process. This stout has a deep black color and forms a firm light brown head when poured. All of this combines

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2012 Casa Castillo Monstrell Jumilla

This Spanish wine comes from old vines of 100% Mourvedre and aged for six months is neutral French Oak barrels. Casa Castillo Monstrell Jumilla is a medium bodied wine with a rich mouthfeel that hold in on the pallet. The wine has the aroma and flavors of black raspberries, flowers, blueberries, a hint of cherry

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Sur De Los Andes Malbec

This 100% malbec from the Mendoza Region of Argentina has a deep purple color in the glass.  This is a very drinkable wine with the flavors sweet vanilla, black berries and some pepper.  At the finish there are earthy mineral tones that put an exclamation point on the drying tannins.  Sur De Los Andes is

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Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

This version of the “King of Reds” is a full bodied wine with bold flavors. This is really a blend of 75% Cabernet, 15% Syrah and 10% Merlot). To the nose Carnivor presents deep aromas of blackberries and coffees. Across the pallet flavors of berries, roasted coffee beans caramel and charred oak provide a full

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Keegan’s Seafood Grill

When I travel I always try to find unique places to visit or to eat. Over the years I have found the food network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives(or at least their web site) to be a valuable resource to find unique places to eat. As soon as I knew I was visiting the Tampa

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What is Your Wine Type?

Understanding the characteristics of different types of wines is essential to fully appreciating a  wine.   I am not an expert on wines, I just write about what I like and what I do not like.  This is a chart I use to help me as I think about what a type of wine should be

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