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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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Come Along on a Virtual Tour of Italy

A Slow Virtual Tour of Italy I’m embarking on a relaxed virtual tour of the wines and foods of individual regions in Italy. I hope you’ll join me! Digging a Little Deeper You might already know I’m a pretty ardent fan of the Piemonte (Piedmont) region of Italy.  In our recent visits we have discovered … Continue reading

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

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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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