Jamieson Ranch: Napa Valley’s gateway winery

As you travel north and enter Napa Valley, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards sits at the gateway. It’s the winery further south than any other in Napa. Their estate is composed of more than 300 acres. From those vines and other fruit, they craft a portfolio of wines under several sub-labels but all part of the overall Jamieson Ranch umbrella. Considering their Napa Valley location and the quality of their general portfolio, there is a lot to like here for the money.

Even their flagship red, Double Lariat Cabernet, is a bargain compared to wines of similar quality from many of their neighbors. Here’s a look at four current releases that I recommend. It’s worth noting that a portion of the profits from the wines under the Light Horse label benefit the Light Horse Foundation. This organization was founded by the winery to help support at risk people, in particular those with autism.

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Drink of the Week: Eeyore’s Requiem

Eeyore's Requiem.Last week, we had a drink that highlighted the bittersweet pleasures of Campari, a sometimes divisive liqueur that is nevertheless a classic cocktail essential. This Oscar weekend, we’re quite literally doubling down on the Campari and maybe tripling down on the bombast with a bunch of other harshly bitter and gently sweet ingredients for one of the best new cocktails I’ve had in awhile. It just might be the perfect two-pronged taste to savor as you enjoy the Oscars while, of course, complaining about the Oscars.

Eeyore’s Requiem is presumably named after A.A Milne’s depressive donkey who cut through some of the sweetness generated by the rest of the gang at Pooh Corner. It can be found on the menu of the Chicago craft bar, the Violet Hour, which stresses the classic beverages of the pre-Prohibition era. Created by Toby Maloney apparently circa 2011, this is a drink that is iconoclastic enough to set a new standard. I wouldn’t call it the “Citizen Kane” of cocktails, but it definitely turns cocktail convention on its head, with Campari taking the place of a base spirit and then relegating the hard stuff to a supporting role. It’s not your usual cocktail.

Eeyore’s Requiem

1 1/2 ounces Campari
1 ounce bianco vermouth
1/2 ounce dry gin
1/4 ounce Cynar
1/4 ounce Fernet Branca
1-2 dashes orange bitters
1-3 orange twists (not necessarily a garnish)

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5 Tips for Looking Your Best this Year

One of the ways to feel self-confident is by taking care of yourself. You’re sure to look your best when you do this on a regular basis. The key to having outward beauty begins with what you think and what you put in your body. If you’re one of the millions of people that have decided this is the year to look as good as possible, you will want to know some tips to help you do so. You may even be amazed at the results you’re able to see when you begin to work on this self-improvement process.

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5 Great Exercise Plans for Busy Students

It can be very easy to neglect exercise when you are busy, especially if you are studying an intense course such as a masters in health informatics. However, staying fit while you are at college is remarkably important. Not only will it help set up good habits for life, help you maintain a healthy weight and help you fight off illnesses, but it will also help reduce your stress levels and improve your confidence. As a student, you won’t always have the time or money to go to the gym. Fortunately, there are some quick, cost effective ways to stay fit. Here are five of the best:

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Three Careers for 2020 and Beyond

Figuring out which career path to follow can be a daunting prospect, and you need to make sure that any education you undertake will give you a good return on your college investment and provide lasting, well-paid employment. Take a look at these hot career picks and see if they fit your bill.

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