The flavors and textures work together beautifully. We'll definitely make this again.

A16 Braised Pork with Taurasi and Falanghina

A16 in San Francisco or Campania? Whenever I visit San Francisco, I make it a point to visit A16. Named after the highway that runs from Naples inland all the way through Campania, the restaurant features cuisine inspired by the region, and of course, wines as well. Our #ItalianFWT group was studying Campania this month, … Continue reading

Wines from Ribera and Rueda, Foreign Legion food in a beautiful private room, what's not to love?

#SiWhatsNext Ribera y Rueda

Ribera y Rueda How much do you know about the wines of Spain? I’ve dabbled with a variety, but I’ve not devoted any real effort to understanding them. I was excited to receive an invitation for a tasting of wines from the Ribera del Duero and Rueda regions this weekend, at Foreign Legion, to boot!  … Continue reading

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Saint-Jacques Poêlées & Sancerre #winophiles

French #Winophiles – a Monthly Exploration of French Culture, Wine and Food Inspired by our #ItalianFWT group, Christy Majors, one of our members decided to launch a similar monthly exercise with French wines and food.  So here we go!  #Winophiles Episode 1: the Loire.  Look farther down in this post for information on our twitter … Continue reading

The simplest gesture is so nice: Franco pulled over, just to say hello.

Franco Rocca: Our Barbaresco Winegrower Friend

A Great Deal on Single Cru Barbaresco Have you heard of cruzu.com?  Check them out, crowdsourcing for wineries looking for American exposure. A Barbaresco winegrower friend of ours, Franco Rocca, has an offer open until July 5, and he is looking for support.  I don’t have anything to gain from this support, except that I … Continue reading

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Shrimp & Fennel Risotto with Roero Arneis #WinePW

#SummerofArneis Our Wine Pairing Weekend June session is dedicated to exploring food pairings with Arneis.  We have more entries than you can shake a stick at, so go find a bottle at your local wine shop and try one of our suggestions! At the bottom of this post, you can link to a dozen other … Continue reading

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Neapolitan Pork Chops & Autochthonous Grapes of Campania #ItalianFWT

Autochthonous Grapes of Campania June is Campania on #ItalianFWT.  Campania is the southern Italian region which includes Naples, Sorrento, and the Isle of Capri.  Neapolitan Pizza, of course. But what about the other foods and wines? Campania is known for the whites of Fiano di Avellino and Falanghina, Taurasi for red, but not much else … Continue reading

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Under $20 Sparkling Showdown!

Moral of the Story You don’t need to read the rest of this post if you follow this simple advice. You need chilled sparkling wine available at your house 24/7. Whenever guests arrive, open a bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate.  Good day? Open some bubbly! Bad day? Some sparkling wine to salve the wounds. … Continue reading

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DSLR Wine Photos: Why Drop $100+ on a Polarizing Filter?

One Filter You Need With modern digital cameras and processing software, the need for special filters has largely been eliminated. There’s a filter that can’t be replicated by either your camera or post-processing software: a circular polarizing filter. This is the one additional filter you should pack. Polarizing filters excel at eliminating reflections and glare … Continue reading

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Is Taurasi the Barolo of the South?

Taurasi Who? Have you ever heard of Taurasi?  How about Aglianico? I thought so. When you’re trying to get some recognition for a little known wine, it’s helpful to compare it to a known reference. Anyone who drinks Italian wine has at least heard of Barolo, so why not? Taurasi Like many Italian wines, Taurasi … Continue reading

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Surprising Oyster Pairings

“He was a bold man who first ate oysters” Or a very hungry man… Your Next Oyster Pairing We love oysters on the half shell at our house, and we usually stick with the tried and true when it comes to wine: Champagne or lean unoaked chardonnay.  Have you ever considered trying something new? Elaine … Continue reading

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