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Take your Bloody Mary where it's never been before. Recommends, March 9, 2013

Once again, OMC staffers scour the city (and world!) over to find the coolest products and events in our weekly Recommenads.

Energy 106.9 – I'm not a morning person, so for my drive into work I require lots of caffeine and electronic dance music. Since reformatting last September into a rhythmic Top 40 station, WNRG-FM ("Energy 106.9") out of Brookfield has been known for its "shut up and play the hits" tagline and mentality. I don't know if the revamped station really does have less commercials than its competitors, but during the morning commute it sure seems like it. The station only employs one on-air DJ (the recently-hired Cousin Ed is on in the afternoon) so there's never any fluff pieces or talk segments to contend with. I've also noticed that the station has a good mix of current hits and popular songs that you loved three years ago but haven't heard in awhile. – Colleen Jurkiewicz

Weekend sports – The Milwaukee Wave play host to Missouri on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Arena in the first round of the Major Indoor Soccer League playoffs. Go out and see the two-time defending champs start their run to a three-peat! – Jim Owczarski

Homemade Bloody Marys – There are a lot of local bars and eateries that have mastered the Bloody Mary (Wicked Hop, Sobelman's, Palomino and Barnacle Buds – I'm talking to you) however, it's more affordable, and often even more satisfying, when you whip up your own. It's such a fun drink to find just the right balance of ingredients, and you can load it up with whatever you're in the mood for. I make sure to have pickled Brussel sprouts and pickles always on hand, and if I have bacon or fresh shrimp or pickled onions or cheese curds, even better. I also realized through experimentation that I like Tabasco in Bloody Marys even though I always thought I was more of a Sriracha girl. – Molly Snyder

Zuani 2011 Vigne Collio Bianco and Zuani 2010 Collio Bianco Riserva – These two wines from Friulian producer Zuani, in Italy's far northeast, show how winemakers can work magic in the vinification process. Both are made from Friulano, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio grown in the same vineyards in the Collio DOC zone. For the Vigne ($24), each varietal is cold macerated, fermented and matured separately and blended to create a fruity wine with a nice, sweet finish and a bright yellow color. Meanwhile, the Riserva ($37) is matured in small French oak barriques and is left unfiltered. The result is a straw-colored wine with citrus notes that is rich in vanilla and honey. Both are great wines and your favorite will be determined by whether you prize that toasty vanilla nuttiness or a fruitier pop. But you can't go wrong either way. – Bobby Tanzilo


PlayerGotGame | March 9, 2013 at 2:21 p.m. (report)

Would it be possible for Bobby to have one posting featuring one product which doesn't have something to do with Italy? Bobby Tanzilo is to Italians what Eugene Kane is to black people.

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