As fits the secondo, you choose a top wine to accompany the dish

Langhe e Roero Secondo: Birra Brasati Costatine con Grappa Smalto

Week 3 Challenge: La Carne e il Secondo (Meat in the Second Course) We’re on to week 3 in this year’s food blogging/photography challenge from the Tourist Union of the Langhe and Roero (details here, in Italian). Our week 3 challenge is the Secondo course, which always means meat.  Beef in the Piemonte is prized … Continue reading

prosciutto sage chicken & Wind Gap Nebbiolo-2

The Wine that Changed It All: #That1stSip

Becca, the Academic Wino, shared a writing exercise from the recent professional wine writers conference where writers took just 5 minutes to write about “what wine changed our life”.  Some of my blogging buddies have taken up the challenge, so I joined them today.  If you’re interested in reading or writing, tweet about it at … Continue reading

Piemontese chefs vie for who can cram the most eggs into a single recipe of Tajarin!

Langhe e Roero Primi: Tajarin al Sugo di Gorgonzola

Week 2 Challenge: L’ouvo e il Primo (Egg in the 1st Course) We’re on to week 2 in this year’s food blogging/photography challenge from the Tourist Union of the Langhe and Roero (details here, in Italian). Our week 2 challenge this year is to use eggs in a Primi course.  The natural choice here is … Continue reading

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Langhe e Roero Inspired Antipasto: Robiola Bosina e Funghi

Another Italian Food & Wine Challenge Last week, I received this message via facebook: Buongiorno, sono Elisa Giordano e gestiisco la pagina facebook dell’ente turismo TuLangheRoero. Da lunedì parte un nuovo contest culinario speriamo tu possa partecipare come l’anno passato, ecco il regolamento: Sei un food blogger? O semplicemente un amante del cibo? Ti piace … Continue reading

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Fizzy Fun at Your Romantic Brunch #WinePW

#WinePW Wine Pairing for Romance! Our Wine Pairing Weekend group’s assignment for February is to create a romantic food & wine pairing. You’ll find links to all the posts at the bottom of this page. Please take a look at all the great ideas. Valentine’s Day and Any Day What better way to create a … Continue reading

Pretty enough for guests? Yes!

In Tuscany, Red Wine Pairs with Fish #ItalianFWT

Seaside in Italy Exploring Italy (virtually), we have been enjoying lots of meats and pasta.  It’s time to move to the coast!  In our #ItalianFWT twitter chat last month, the folks at ReDiscover Lambrusco gave me this advice: When you’re at a seaside restaurant, look at the wine at the tables.  If all the wine … Continue reading

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Emilia Romagna Find: Sparkling Orange Malvasia

A Lesser Known Wine Terzo Vino Bar in Minneapolis is one of our favorite hangouts.  They have a great Italian wine list with lots of interesting wines by the glass.  Back in December I was thinking about Emilia Romagna, our upcoming region in our virtual tour of Italy. I was looking over the by-the-glass choices, … Continue reading

Every time you make pasta, you'll learn a little more by feel.

Emilia Romagna Classic – Tagliatelle con Bolognese Ragù

The Real Pasta and Bolognese Sauce Perfect for a Sunday afternoon, we’re continuing our exploration of the food and wine of Emilia Romagna. Another classic today: Fresh homemade tagliatelle and Bolognese ragù. In Italy, a moderate portion of this dish would form the primi course, followed by a secondi.  We’re going to turn this into … Continue reading

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Wait a Minute… Riunite is Nice?

Riunite is a cloyingly sweet fizzy red wine from Italy.  No serious wine enthusiast would drink it, right? Maybe you should challenge that assumption.  Interested? Read on! Have you heard of the Real Lambrusco consortium, a group trying to reclaim the international reputation for dry Lambrusco?  As a kid, I remember hearing ads for “Riunite … Continue reading

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Barolo Boys: Tradition to Revolution to Tradition #MWWC14

Tradition, Revolution, Tradition Is there any tradition in wine, really? I think not. Wines we drink today aren’t the wines made 100, 50, or even 25 years ago. Take Barolo, a favorite of mine. The Nebbiolo grape has a long history in the Langhe region within the Piedmont in Italy. Until the mid-1800’s, Nebbiolo based … Continue reading

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