French Wine 101: Taste for Yourself #Winophiles

French #Winophiles Offer Advice for Newcomers to French Wine Our French #Winophiles group is kicking off 2020 with a round of advice for newcomers to French wine. Take a look further down in this post to links to a whole list of ideas. Are you a newcomer? You’re sure to find an approach which appeals … Continue reading

Rack of Lamb in the Snow with GD Vajra Barolo

Winter Grilling in Minnesota (or anywhere, really) So many people put the grill away for the winter, but why? Well, there is the dark, and the snow and the cold….. In Minnesota, though, we’d hardly use our grills for more than 3 months and who can tolerate that? I’m fortunate to own a ceramic grill, … Continue reading

Preview for French #Winophiles: Newcomer’s Guide to French Wine

Introduce a Newcomer to French Wine Imagine this: you and a friend enter a wine bar with an exceptionally deep and broad selection of By The Glass wines from around the world. Your friend tells you they would love to learn more about French wines but they don’t know where to start.  How would your … Continue reading

Italian Wine 101 – Start Your Journey Here #ItalianFWT

Introduce a Friend to Italian Wine with Italian Food, Wine and Travel Bloggers We’re kicking off 2020 at the #ItalianFWT blogging group with a question: How would you introduce Italian Wine to a curious friend?  My answer follows, and you can get a dozen other suggestions from our links at the bottom of this post. … Continue reading

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Introduce a Friend to Italian Wines with #ItalianFWT

Introduce Your Curious Friend to Italian Wine Italy is a country filled with wine; there are twenty regions and every single one produces wine! Of course, some are more famous than others. Italian wines have their own style and many feature grapes grown nowhere else in the world. For the newcomer, Italian wines can be … Continue reading

Vouvray Pairs with Cream #Winophiles

Loire Valley White Wine Roller Coaster I love white wines from the Loire Valley. There is such variety as you travel from the central vineyards with Sauvignon Blanc, out to the middle Loire for Chenin Blanc, and finally crisp Muscadet as you get out to the coast: perfect for the oysters nearby. There are many … Continue reading

Preview to French #Winophiles Vouvray Virtual Visit

Discover the Many Faces of Vouvray with the French Winophiles Vouvray is a French Wine region located in the Loire Valley. The wines are made exclusively from the Chenin Blanc grape, but they can take on many faces. Do you like sparkling wines? Do you like your white wines bone dry? Ever care to enjoy … Continue reading

Add Sweet Bordeaux to Your Holiday Table

Disclosure: all the wines in this post were provided as media samples for a Snooth Virtual Tasting. All opinions expressed are mine. Sweet Wines Deserve a Place at the Table, Too It’s a shame that sweet wines have fallen out of favor and outside wine drinkers’ attention. There are many occasions when a sweet wine … Continue reading

Rasteau and the Côtes du Rhône Quality Pyramid #Winophiles

Winophiles Invade the Southern Rhône This month, our French Winophiles group studies the wines from Rasteau, one of the Cru designated villages in the Southern Rhône. Join us as we virtually travel to the south of France and enjoy with wines of Rasteau! Look further down in this post for links to all my fellow … Continue reading

Low and Slow Grilling with Texas Wines #WinePW

Wine Pairing Weekend Group Discovers Texas! Wait, they make wine in Texas? Yes! Thanks to one of our Wine Pairing Weekend members, our group was provided with samples from a variety of Texas wineries, and this month we’ll be blogging about our experiences with the wines and pairing them with a variety of foods. You’ll … Continue reading

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