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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They’ll Drink Anything in Rome #ItalianFWT

Lazio and #ItalianFWT This month we’re off to Lazio, dominated by Italy’s national capital, Rome! When you think of Rome, you think of the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Vatican.  You’re probably not thinking about wine. Lazio Wines are Tough to Find As we slowly tour Italy, region by region, I’ve been surprised by the ease … Continue reading

The flavors and textures work together beautifully. We'll definitely make this again.

A16 Braised Pork with Taurasi and Falanghina

A16 in San Francisco or Campania? Whenever I visit San Francisco, I make it a point to visit A16. Named after the highway that runs from Naples inland all the way through Campania, the restaurant features cuisine inspired by the region, and of course, wines as well. Our #ItalianFWT group was studying Campania this month, … Continue reading

Wines from Ribera and Rueda, Foreign Legion food in a beautiful private room, what's not to love?

#SiWhatsNext Ribera y Rueda

Ribera y Rueda How much do you know about the wines of Spain? I’ve dabbled with a variety, but I’ve not devoted any real effort to understanding them. I was excited to receive an invitation for a tasting of wines from the Ribera del Duero and Rueda regions this weekend, at Foreign Legion, to boot!  … Continue reading

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Saint-Jacques Poêlées & Sancerre #winophiles

French #Winophiles – a Monthly Exploration of French Culture, Wine and Food Inspired by our #ItalianFWT group, Christy Majors, one of our members decided to launch a similar monthly exercise with French wines and food.  So here we go!  #Winophiles Episode 1: the Loire.  Look farther down in this post for information on our twitter … Continue reading

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