Brut Metodo Classico Nebbiolo Rosé from Luigi Giordano

Piedmont Sparkling Nebbiolo & a Pungent Anchovy Green Sauce #WinePW

#WinePW Wine Pairing Weekend Holiday Entertaining! Welcome to the December edition of our monthly Wine Pairing Weekend group! December is holiday party time! Our job this month is to create some creative sparkling wine and appetizer pairings.   If you see this early enough, please join us December 13th at 10 a.m. Central Time. We’ll be … Continue reading

After a nice break, it's off to Neive. With boosted confidence from the morning, we knew we could find our way back.

Sentieri: A Walk from Neive to Barbaresco and Back

#ItalianFWT 2 – The Piedmont This post is my contribution to a monthly exploration of food, wine and travel in the individual regions (20 in all) of Italy.  This month we discuss the Piedmont, located in the northwest corner of Italy.  Home of the famous wines Barolo and Barbaresco, the Piemonte offers much more than … Continue reading

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December Wine Pairing Weekend, Call for Participants! #WinePW

Your Invitation to December’s Wine Pairing Weekend #WinePW 7 It’s time to start thinking about December’s Wine Pairing Weekend. Our theme this month is “Sparkling Wines and Hors D’oeuvres”. The holidays are upon us, and what better time to practice our sparkling wine pairing skills and favorites!  Won’t you join us? Posts go live and … Continue reading

Our Thanksgiving wines always include iOTA Cellars Pinot Noir.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!  We’re grateful to have our family together, visiting our daughter, Casey, in Florida. Thanksgiving Traditions Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?  One of ours is to bring some iOTA Cellars Pinot Noir for our holiday table, wherever we are. The Pelos and Sandberg families are our good friends … Continue reading

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A Veneto Touch of Bitter: Radicchio, Clams & Soave

Radicchio and the Veneto Radicchio is a very popular vegetable in the Veneto which finds its way into many dishes.  My guess is that there’s something about that radicchio bitterness that appeals to tastebuds in this region.  We found similar flavors echoed in the Soave wines. The radicchio we get in Minnesota isn’t the same … Continue reading

Hey! I’m a Finalist!

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Millesima-USA , a wine importer in New York, and invited to enter blog posts into their second annual blog awards competition. My entry: 5 Tips For Your First Visit to Barolo (Italy!) was selected as one of 3 finalists in the Wine Travel Category!  Here are the … Continue reading

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A Hot Environment Full of Fire, Knives & Yelling

A Chef’s Calling Chef Craig Sharpe started out in a different profession, wasn’t happy and was exploring new career options.  He took a temporary job in a kitchen where he experienced the “hot environment full of fire, knives and yelling”.  Funny place to find your calling; he immediately knew he was home. Fast forward a … Continue reading

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Veneto Out of the Ordinary: Pork Ribs & Sauerkraut with Polenta

My introductory post to our virtual exploration of the Veneto was running long, so I omitted the details of the first full wine and food pairing we tried.  Without further adieu, here it is! The Veneto is more than just Venice. The town of Belluno lies a little further north in the region and you … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving from the Veneto: Turkey, Pomegranate Sauce & Valpolicella

#WinePW Wine Pairing Weekend Thanksgiving Edition November is here! And that means it’s time to start thinking about the turkey and other Thanksgiving dinner fixings. Our challenge this month is to find a creative wine & food pairing to use at Thanksgiving.   If you see this early enough, please join us November 8th at 10 … Continue reading

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Veneto Food & Wine from Half a World Away

Moral of the Story: Beware! Warning, if you learn a bit about a region’s food, wine, geography, customs, you just may develop an unstoppable urge to visit.  The only question is, when do we leave? How do you explore a region in Italy from half a world away? 1. Study up! The Veneto So where, … Continue reading

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