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A few years ago, I was dining at a French restaurant. I ordered one of my favorites - a crock of French onion soup topped with a big crouton and Gruyere cheese. When it arrived, I eagerly dug in, only to find that something was extremely off about the taste. It was way too sweet!

After a successful crowd funding campaign and time spent recording at singer Brandi Carlile’s home base in Seattle, The Secret Sisters made a victorious return to the industry that had shunned them with 2017’s “You Don’t Own Me Anymore.” The record, which dropped in June on New West Records, received critical praise and earned the sisters a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album.

The E. Guigal 2015 Cotes du Rhone Blanc (France, $15) offers floral and stone-fruit aromas, followed by peach, apricot, citrus and mineral flavors on the palate. Rounded texture, with good balance. Widely available.

I strive to make my own meals as much as possible, rather than eating out or buying premade meals – it’s cheaper and healthier that way. But like most people, time is an issue, so I eat frozen entrees more than I wish I did, particularly for lunch at work. There aren’t as many options out there for vegetarians, of course, so I’ve been pleased recently to see some new varieties in area freezers.

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