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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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Prosciutto Far & Near

The Prosciutto Question On our first trip to Italy, I was impressed by how dedicated Italians are to local culture, foods and wine.  Not just Italian, but regional products. We never saw Parmigiano Reggiano cheese while we were visiting the Piedmont, they would only use products from within their region. Even modest wine shops had … Continue reading

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Prosciutto, Balsamic, Parmigiano; You Already Know Emilia Romagna #ItalianFWT

#ItalianFWT Italian Food Wine & Travel: Emilia Romagna This month, our #ItalianFWT group is exploring Emilia Romagna.  Make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post and check out my fellow bloggers’ posts. You Already Know Emilia Romagna You already know a lot about Emilia-Romagna, and you may not even realize it!  Do you … Continue reading

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Wine & Food Resolution 2015: Italy Deep Dive! #WinePW

Resolutions a Chore? Bah! Losing weight, eating healthier, being a more courteous driver (a multi-year favorite of mine) blah blah blah… Why can’t resolutions be fun? My 2015 resolution started in late 2014 and will likely continue well into 2016, and I’m having fun with it.  Maybe you’ll join me? Resolution: Learn Italy in depth … Continue reading

What fun to taste Nicola's at his home, right next to his family's vineyards

Minnesota visits Barolo: Podere Ruggeri Corsini

Way back in January, we met Nicola Argamante of Podere Ruggeri Corsini during a winemaker visit in Minnesota.  He braved -20° F temperatures to sell his wines around the midwest, a dedicated man! We told him that night that we would like to visit when we were in the Piedmont this summer, and we did! … Continue reading

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Piedmont Sparkling Nebbiolo & a Pungent Anchovy Green Sauce #WinePW

#WinePW Wine Pairing Weekend Holiday Entertaining! Welcome to the December edition of our monthly Wine Pairing Weekend group! December is holiday party time! Our job this month is to create some creative sparkling wine and appetizer pairings.   If you see this early enough, please join us December 13th at 10 a.m. Central Time. We’ll be … Continue reading

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Sentieri: A Walk from Neive to Barbaresco and Back

#ItalianFWT 2 – The Piedmont This post is my contribution to a monthly exploration of food, wine and travel in the individual regions (20 in all) of Italy.  This month we discuss the Piedmont, located in the northwest corner of Italy.  Home of the famous wines Barolo and Barbaresco, the Piemonte offers much more than … Continue reading

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December Wine Pairing Weekend, Call for Participants! #WinePW

Your Invitation to December’s Wine Pairing Weekend #WinePW 7 It’s time to start thinking about December’s Wine Pairing Weekend. Our theme this month is “Sparkling Wines and Hors D’oeuvres”. The holidays are upon us, and what better time to practice our sparkling wine pairing skills and favorites!  Won’t you join us? Posts go live and … Continue reading

Our Thanksgiving wines always include iOTA Cellars Pinot Noir.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!  We’re grateful to have our family together, visiting our daughter, Casey, in Florida. Thanksgiving Traditions Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?  One of ours is to bring some iOTA Cellars Pinot Noir for our holiday table, wherever we are. The Pelos and Sandberg families are our good friends … Continue reading

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