Author: Sherrie.Wilkolaski

Grape Collective’s Michael Woodsmall

Wine experts are a breed unto their own. They examine, study and breathe wine. In my quest to find more writers who can touch the Luxe Beat Magazine audience, I stumbled upon a collection of oenophiles who share their wine knowledge via the Grape Collective. I sat down to talk with their Editor, Michael Woodsmall, and here I share our discussion.Tell us about the history behind Grape Collective. So I didn’t start Grape Collective; a friend of mine, Christopher Barnes, did. I actually worked for him back at The New York Observer, where he was President and I was Managing Editor under my long-time mentor, Elizabeth Spiers. We connected on many levels, and he reached out to me when I was transitioning away from The Observer, and asked if I would be interested in joining him on a new project. After hearing what he had in mind, there wasn’t a doubt in my mind. © As for him starting Grape Collective — It is my understanding that Christopher, forever the businessman, started GC for a rather simple reason: he saw an opportunity. Living in New York, wine is everywhere; yet he felt, as many do, that there wasn’t an accessible conversation, well, anywhere. Wine, in many ways, had evolved into a flat scale of sorts. Sure, there are a lot of complexities accounted for in determining where it belongs on that scale, but...

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A Day in Nantucket

With summer coming to a close, I find myself drifting back to my time spent on Nantucket this past July. It’s a place that was made for daydreams and I long to be back on the island. One of the days I keep going back to is one I spent with my friend Elizabeth Kochor. We actually met in Nantucket, and she ended up being my official tour guide during my stay. We hit it off immediately and as a regular Nantucket transplant who has been coming to the island for years, she really knows her way around. She was staying in town and I was staying out in Siasconset at The Summer House. Getting around the island is quite easy. I decided to take the bus into town from Siasconset. The bus is called The Wave and there is a stop less than a five minute walk from The Summer House, so I hopped aboard and was on my way. The bus was more of what you might expect, taking an airport shuttle from one terminal to the next. It was clean, air-conditioned and no cell phones usage allowed while in transit. It was about a 15-20 minute ride to my destination and it only cost me $2. I enjoyed scenery along the way. Elizabeth and I decided we would meet in town at 11am. She asked that...

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Salem VI Cookies & Cocktails Recipes

Rebecca’s Revenge Cookies and the Coven Cocktail were created by Cookies and Cocktails contributor, Francine Boecher. The recipes were inspired by the book Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising by Jack Heath and John Thompson; they are perfect to bring out the Fall and Halloween spirit. To learn more about Cookies and Cocktails and Salem VI go to and Rebecca’s Revenge Cookies Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened 2/3 cup white sugar 2/3 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour 2 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking soda 2 eggs 12...

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Lisa Barrangou Author of RealSmart Baby Food

Lisa Barrangou is a food enthusiast, food educator and advocate for healthy living. She is a former corporate food scientist turned personal chef for infants. Lisa has been making homemade baby food and teaching parents to do so since 2005. She holds a B.S. in Nutrition, Food and Agriculture from Cornell University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Food Science from North Carolina State University. She lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and three children. RealSmart Baby Food Book Synopsis: RealSmart Baby Food is a comprehensive guide containing everything needed to know about feeding baby solid foods. In...

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Discover What Awaits John Andrews in the Newest Installment of the Spellbinding Salem Witch Trilogy

Author Jack Heath and John Thompson’s Novel “Salem VI Book II: Chain of Souls” Continues The Paranormal Witch-Hunt CHARLESTON, S.C. — Only days after a bloody battle in which he the killed the leaders of the group of Devil worshippers known as the Salem Coven John Andrews learns that his daughter, Sarah, has been abducted. Not knowing where she is being held, or where to turn for help, Andrews does the only thing an old newspaperman can do; he digs for the facts. His search takes him back to an examination of Salem’s earliest history when the Coven’s activities...

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