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Articles by Michele Thomas


Alcohol-Free Cocktails for New Year’s Eve

It’s no wonder that more than 30 percent of the nation’s $30 billion in wine and beer sales takes place in final few months of the year. Between the many dinner parties, work parties, and holiday parties that happen around…

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spring party punches

Best Spring Party Punches

From Passover gatherings to Easter egg hunts, brunches, and dinner parties, this Spring is going to be busy. All of that entertaining requires a ton of planning, and it’s sure to work up a thirst. Luckily, punches are a great…

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easter eggs

Best Ideas for Leftover Easter Eggs

From colorful gift baskets to decorating parties to Easter egg hunts around the house and across the lawn, ‘tis the season for having a lot of eggs around. Once the parties have come and gone, there’s bound to be plenty…

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heart healthy

Heart Healthy Versions of Fave Fatty Foods

Slow jams and flowers aside, the best gift for your favorite valentine just may be one that keeps on giving: a lifetime of heart health. February is American Heart Month, a perfect time to pay extra attention to your heart,…

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winter cocktails

5 Winter Cocktails to Try This Season

With the holidays a distant memory, January is the time to settle into the toasty depths of winter. By this time, people are once again used to wearing heavy coats and tasting the warm, spicy, seasonal flavors. At the same…

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gift guide

Best of NJ Gift Guide: Wine & Spirits

The holiday season — along with all of the toasting, gift-giving, and entertaining–is upon us. Whether you’re shopping for your favorite tippler, hosting an intimate get-together yourself, or whooping it up Secret Santa style, we’ve got a Garden State gift…

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thanksgiving wine

Perfect Wine Pairings for Any Thanksgiving Menu

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is challenging for a dozen different reasons, and that’s before you get to the first course. Turkey or ham (or lasagna)? Who sits where? Who doesn’t eat what? Is there enough wine?! And, let’s face it, that…

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