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Giving South America a Second Look: Montes & Kaiken Wines

Moral of the Story: Know Your Preference, but Re-examine Your Bias Regularly. Protocol Wine Studio, Montes Wines, Kaiken Wines and the Montes Family I don’t like Argentine or Chilean wines. For Argentina: too ripe & extracted, too oaky. For Chile: hard to tell what the general style is, as it seems to be all over … Continue reading

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Shake Up Your Brat Routine With Tomato, Red Onion, Gruyère Salad

Shake Up Your Routine As we enter our last few weeks of summer, you might be ready to shake up your normal burger or brat routine.  How about ditching the bun and enjoying your meal with a different take on a summer salad? Emmi USA Cave Aged Kaltbach Le Gruyère Cheese The folks at Emmi USA … Continue reading

Jurançon Sec

The Undiscovered France: Sud-Ouest & Jurançon Sec #Winophiles

Southwest France (Sud-Ouest) Gets No Respect The Southwest France wine region is a real Cinderella story.  Look at the map, wicked step-sister “Bordeaux” in the same geographic region gets all the glory.  The remainder of the entire region is relegated to anonymity.  I know a Wine Bible can’t include every single region in every single … Continue reading

Graham's 10 year Tawny Port

Perfect Pairing with Port #WinePW

August Wine Pairing Weekend “Visiting” Portugal If you see this early enough, please join us on Saturday, August 8th as we chat wine and food pairings from Portugal. These pairings are perfect for late summer and early autumn entertaining. Our live Twitter Chat uses the hashtag #WinePW on Saturday, August 8th at 10am CDT. Join … Continue reading

The Octopus flavoring is dominated by tomatoes, garlic and super bright acidity of the red wine vinegar

What Wine Goes With Octopus? A Sardinian Investigation #ItalianFWT

Octopus I love octopus as a menu item in restaurants and often order it, but I’ve never attempted it at home. After a call to our local Coastal Seafoods, where the fishmonger assured me I could handle it, I was all in.  Maybe you will be too!  If you have enjoyed calamari, you should try … Continue reading

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Our Saber Crisis #MWWC18

Monthly Wine Writing Challenge 18 #MWWC18 After several months away, I’m jumping back into the game with the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge group.  The premise is simple: a friendly challenge among the group to write on the topic for the month. Votes are tallied (remember, no wagering) and a winner emerges.  The winner chooses the … Continue reading

Neither one names the dominant grape, both are majority Mourvedre.

Mourvedre – New World and Old

Our French Winophiles group visited (virtually) Provence last weekend.  I love Provençal rosé, but I knew I had to pair a meal with a favorite wine of mine from Bandol, Domaine Tempier. When I open a classic from the “old world”, I always enjoy drinking it alongside a respectful version from the “new world”.  By … Continue reading

Once the shells open in the pot, you are ready to serve and eat!

Moules & Provençal Rosé

Always Time for Mussels The workweek seems so hectic; by Friday we just want something easy and quick for dinner.  In the summer, mussels are a perfect fit for easy, quick, and good.  There are as many variations as you can imagine, and you are likely to come up with some new versions of your … Continue reading

Domaine Tempier produces fine red Bandol wines.

Filet de Porc au Genièvre avec Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge #winophiles

French #Winophiles visit Provence! July is a great time for the French #Winophiles to visit Provence, that wonderful region in the south of France.  The most widely known wine style from Provence is, of course, Provençal Rosé, perfect for hot summer afternoons. Visiting Provence Provence is a popular destination with lots to see, eat and … Continue reading

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All American Menu: Farmer and Winery Friends #WinePW

July Wine Pairing Weekend Assignment: All American, All French, or Somewhere In Between I chose “All American!”  I’ve been spending lots of time this year exploring Italian food and wine, but sometimes it’s fun to come home to familiar ground.  Especially this time of year, where we can cook almost the whole meal on the … Continue reading

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