Picpoul de Pinet paired with steak tartare

Picpoul de Pinet and Steak Tartare Redemption #Winophiles

Winophiles Sample the “Lip-Stinger” of the Languedoc Picpoul is a white wine grape best known for crisp, refreshing high acidity white wine. Picpoul de Pinet is the best known region for producing the wine, and it’s located very close to the Mediterranean sea in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in Southwest France. Perfect for sipping by the … Continue reading

Castelli Vineyards – Going Their Own Way in Green Valley

Hiding in Plain Sight in Green Valley When I rolled into the driveway at Castelli Vineyards, I saw Emilio in his rubber boots, hose in hand. After greeting me, he asked how in the world I found Castelli Vineyards. Tiny production, no advertising, no media coverage. I explained I’m a Nebbiolo fan and I found … Continue reading

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A Wine Pairing Lesson with Verdicchio #ItalianFWT

Learn Verdicchio with the Italian Food Wine & Travel Group April brings warm weather and our Italian wine loving group is itching to get back into Italian white wines, so Verdicchio is our theme for the month. I must admit, I too often lean on Italian reds. I have a good mental picture for how … Continue reading

Tasting the Winemaking Consultant’s “Home” Wine

What Kind of Wine Do Consultants Make at Home? In the world of wine, there are winemakers whose expertise is respected to the point that they are searched out for advice, and often end up building a business around their approach. Each has a unique approach. For some, rich, ripe, smooth polished international style of … Continue reading

Not Your Grandmother’s Easter Dinner

Break the Easter Rules Easter Dinner has rules. Thou shalt serve either ham or lamb. No other dishes may be substituted. Well, I’m not all that fond of ham (it’s ok, just not my favorite) and Julie definitely will not eat lamb. So we go rogue at Easter, join us! Celebrate Spring with Fresh Vibrant … Continue reading

My Big Break on the “We Like Drinking” Podcast

Fame? Yes! Fortune? ? Sure, it was fun to win a trip to Bordeaux with the Millesima Blog Awards. Yep, honored to be shortlisted in the Born Digital Wine Awards in 2017. I knew I had finally made it, achieved star status when I was invited to be a guest on the “We Like Drinking” … Continue reading

Morey-Saint-Denis and Domaine Pierre Amiot & Fils

There is no bad time to visit Burgundy. Even late October after harvest can be magic. The grapes have been picked, the vines are shutting down and the crowds are few. As long as you have rainwear and an adventurous attitude, you are all set. If you’re thinking about a visit to the region, I … Continue reading

Chateau Fonroque

Biodynamic Bordeaux – Château Fonroque

Biodynamic Bordeaux To quote Kermit the Frog, “It’s not easy being green”. If your vineyard is located in a Mediterranean climate with dry summers and warm, dry breezes, you have few worries. Organic viticulture is pretty easy, as you have few challenges with mildew, rot, pests, disease. If, on the other hand, your vineyard is … Continue reading

Northern Rhône Wines and My Steak Tartare Disaster #Winophiles

My “Do It Yourself” Steak Tartare Disaster Julie and I both love steak tartare and order it often when we’re out at a restaurant. When we travel in France, it’s one of Julie’s lunch favorites. I’ve never tried making it at home, in part due to the nagging question about safety, given it is mainly … Continue reading

Troon Malbec with Slow Roasted Rack of Lamb

Applegate Valley, Where? Most wine enthusiasts know Oregon is the home of the Willamette Valley. They may be familiar with Walla Walla. They may even have heard of the Rogue Valley. But Applegate? Where the heck is Applegate Valley? As you can see on the map above, the Applegate Valley is in the far southwest … Continue reading

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