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WWMD (What would Margaret drink?) – January 2021

Margaret Pearman is a certified sommelier under the Court of Master Sommeliers and is responsible for curating the award-winning wine list at Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte. Here is her sipping suggestion for January: 

Steep. Sip. Thrive.

This local blend, named “Release From Me Detox,” promises a few health benefits in addition to its great taste.

You made it through the holiday season and the 10 months of pandemic drinking. January is cold and dreary. It’s the month to be introspective and start anew, so I am taking a break from the wine recommendations to introduce you to another type of blending: herbal fusions. 

The art of crafting an herbal blend is much like the art of making wine. No one component stands alone; it’s the sum of all parts to make the whole. These fusions awaken the body from within to unlock our body’s ability to filter out the toxins and restore functions. 

Local Amy Spadafora has been drawn to plants her whole life. At a young age she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, and she was not content with what traditional medicine had to offer. She delved in to homeopathic studies, moved cross-country to apprentice natural medicine practitioners, and earned her certification as a master herbalist. Patients walk through her healing garden and medicine wheel to sit down with Amy and discover “a better way towards self-care and self-healing.”

I have two go-to herbal infusions for jump-starting a new year of better habits. The first is Release from Me Detox, which activates and warms the core of the body to clear out toxins. It’s made up of fennel, fenugreek, anise, licorice, peppermint, burdock root, dandelion root, and red clover blossoms. The dandelion is key to activating the kidney and liver, while the peppermint is a breakthrough agent, and the licorice adds a hint of sweetness to round out the bitter notes. Harmony Tea incorporates nettles, rose hips and spearmint to create a restorative fusion high in minerals and vitamins. For more information and to purchase these infusions visit