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#WinePW Celebrates October with #MerlotMe

October is MerlotMe Month for Wine Pairing Weekend The food has been prepared and eaten, the wines have been enjoyed, now it’s time to chat! Our October Wine Pairing Weekend meet-up will be a collaboration between our blogging group and the #MerlotMe participating wineries. Thanks to the generosity of the wineries, the wines for our … Continue reading

Santa Chiara Umbrian "Bianco"

Orange is the New Red: Paolo Bea Santa Chiara & Umbrian Steak #ItalianFWT

#ItalianFWT Visits Umbria Umbria is one of the few landlocked regions in Italy. Situated in between Tuscany to the west, Le Marche to the east, and Lazio to the southwest, Umbria is known as the “Green Heart of Italy”.  Winewise, it’s best known for the white wine Orvieto, and for red wines made from Sangiovese … Continue reading

How will you celebrate in October? California? Washington? Bordeaux? #MerlotMe

#WinePW Jumps on the #MerlotMe Bandwagon

October is the Month of Merlot! #Champagneday is a thing.  #Cabernetday is a thing. There’s even a new #CabFrancDay!  But the unfairly maligned Merlot grape needs more love.  Why not a whole month? Several years ago, Rick Bakas started promoting #MerlotMe month for the entire month of October. Since then, the event has grown and … Continue reading

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The New “Wine Folly Essential Guide to Wine” & a Giveaway!

Wine Folly and the New Book If you’ve never heard of Madeline Puckette and Wine Folly, I might wonder what rock you’ve been living under? Madeline and Justin Hammack run a very popular website, Wine Folly, which features tons of infographics, videos, and generally useful wine information in a very accessible format.  No stuffy, hard … Continue reading

Neither wine was wrong, but one was better

Which Languedoc Wine with Cassoulet? #Winophiles

French #Winophiles Visit Languedoc-Roussillon This month, our French #Winophiles group visits the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Where is it? It’s in the south of France, west of Provence, along the coast all the way to the Spanish border. As a wine region, it has long been in the shadow of the Southern Rhone and Provence and only … Continue reading


Goats and Volcanoes are an Earthly Match #WinePW

Volcanic Wines for October Wine Pairing Weekend The theme for our October Wine Pairing Weekend group is: Volcanic Wines. When I think of volcanoes and wine, I can only think of Sicily and Mount Etna.  There are lots of places in the world where grapevines grow in volcanic soil, but I can only think of … Continue reading

Enjoy those last days of summer dining al fresco

A Very Primo Pizza Party

Outdoor Pizza on a Primo Ceramic Grill Over the Labor Day weekend we visited our Duluth friends John and Liz.  We missed Liz as she was out of town on a girls weekend, but we had fun with John, his fishing buddy Clint, and John’s son Tyson. Saturday evening was our treat, a pizza party.  … Continue reading

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Abruzzo 1st Course: Farro & Butternut Squash Soup with Passerina #ItalianFWT

#ItalianFWT visits Abruzzo This month on #ItalianFWT we’re jetting off to Abruzzo to explore the food & wine of the region. The region of Abruzzo sits very near Rome, however, the steep Apennine mountains divide the west side of Italy (Rome) from the east (Abruzzo). Historically, this made travel difficult, hence Abruzzo is barely known. … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Trader Joe’s

Mystery – Read the Ending First Are you the type to read the ending first?  If so, I’ll save you some time: Trader Joe’s is an OK choice for purchasers with limited budget.  The sweet spot for nice wines is at price of $5-10 per bottle. Stick with Trader Joe’s house brand or Trader Joe’s … Continue reading

Take a closer look at wines you may have passed by.

Giving South America a Second Look: Montes & Kaiken Wines

Moral of the Story: Know Your Preference, but Re-examine Your Bias Regularly. Protocol Wine Studio, Montes Wines, Kaiken Wines and the Montes Family I don’t like Argentine or Chilean wines. For Argentina: too ripe & extracted, too oaky. For Chile: hard to tell what the general style is, as it seems to be all over … Continue reading


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