An impressive lineup: JL Chave, Gonon, Allemand, Voge

Northern Rhone Shootout

Pinch Me, a Flight of Classic Northern Rhone Reds Do you have a shop in your town that runs serious tastings? We’re lucky to have several venues in Minneapolis, one of which is Sunfish Cellars. In addition to basic classes, Sunfish regularly offers deep explorations into serious wines.  Tonight we sampled wines from a number … Continue reading

Castiglione Falleto (foreground) and La Morra (background)

Piemonte Hilltop Villages

Submarines and Piemonte Villages??? A very long time ago, I was a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy.  This was before the demise of the Soviet Union (look it up in your history books).  Before heading out on a patrol in the Barents Sea, we drilled in recognizing foreign warships just by the arrangement of … Continue reading

Terroir at the edge of a cornfield?

Don’t Be a Snob; Drink Local…

… And Don’t Let Your World Get Too Small! I live in Minnesota, not known for its’ fine wines. Medicine, yes.  The hotel directly across from the Mayo Clinic has a floor reserved for “Royalty”, and they are serious!  The Rochester airport regularly receives jets from all over the world with patients headed for Mayo.  … Continue reading

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Wines for a Sweet & Savory Fall Harvest Meal: #WinePW 5

Wine Pairing Weekend #5: Fall Fruits and Wine Wine Pairing weekend is a monthly collaborative event for wine/food bloggers. This month’s theme is “Fall Fruits and Wine”.  If you’d like to see what others in our group are doing, scroll to the bottom of the post for links. Join the #winePW conversation: Follow the #winePW … Continue reading

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Ahhh… The Sweet Life of a Wine Importer

Protocol Wine Studio, Justin Gallen and Rinascimento Wine Company One of my favorite wine books is Kermit Lynch’s account of his early days as an importer.  Wouldn’t it be exciting to travel all over Europe, searching out great wineries, meeting the winegrowers and soaking in all that wine culture? Thanks to Protocol Wine Studio , … Continue reading

#NWTW week 37: Argentine Malbec

#NWTW: Argentine Malbec

New Wine This Week My buddies over at Please Bring Me My Wine and Confessions of a Wine Geek are running a year long project of a New Wine This Week.  Over on Twitter, you can  search on #NWTW and see what’s up. #NWTW Week 37: Argentine Malbec I like Argentine Malbec as a “fireplace … Continue reading

My favorite was the Marquette

Minnesota Wine at the Midwestern Table – #WinePW 4

Wine Pairing Weekend #4: Regional Food and Wine Pairings Wine Pairing weekend is a monthly collaborative event for wine/food bloggers. This month’s theme is “Regional Food and Wine Pairing”.  If you’d like to see what others in our group are doing, scroll to the bottom of the post for links. Join the #winePW conversation: Follow … Continue reading

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Minnesota Wine: Parley Lake Winery

Minnesota Viticulture Minnesota wine grapes? Who are you trying kid?  It’s true, Minnesota winters are too tough for the noble wine grapes from Vitis Vinifera to survive.  Thanks to some real pioneers in Agricultural Research at the University of Minnesota, we have some new grape species which can survive our winters and provide wine-worthy grape … Continue reading

White or Red, which was the winner?

Cut Me Smash Me Burn Me: Spatchcock Chicken Under Bricks

Cut Me Smash Me Burn Me ChickenI’ve always been impressed with photos of “How to Spatchcock a Chicken”, but it seemed a bit intimidating. Couldn’t be farther from the truth; it’s so easy it may become your new standard preparation of a whole bird! Grilling the chicken under a brick comes naturally with a spatchcocked … Continue reading

Which would you pick with ribs?

Pairing Friends, Ribs & Wine

Wine Dinner Group Time The four-mutual-schedule gods finally approved and we had a date for our semi-regular wine dinner group.  Summertime calls for the grill, and Bruce offered to make his favorite ribs from an Emeril Approved recipe. Sounded great! As the wine guy for our group, I have the challenge of finding a selection … Continue reading

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