Balletto Russian River Pinot Noir and Balletto Russian River Chardonnay

Balletto Vineyards: Under the Radar in Russian River Valley

How Do You Hide 600 Acres? The Balletto family has a long history of farming in Sonoma County. They started out as vegetable growers and increased their land holdings over time to 600 acres. As farming economics changed, it grew harder to make a living growing vegetables, but growing wine grapes could still be a … Continue reading

st_emilion_winophiles_steak_foiegras 20160730 89

Foie Gras & Steak for a Right Bank Bordeaux – French #Winophiles

French #Winophiles Continue to Explore Bordeaux Our French #Winophiles group is in the middle of a 3 month extended virtual tour through Bordeaux (links to all the other posts are further down this page). Last month, we started on the Left Bank. This month, we jump over to the Right Bank, to explore similarities and … Continue reading

rosato_italianFWT_salad 20160730 19

Rosato: A Rosé by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet #ItalianFWT

#ItalianFWT Relaxes in the Shade with a Cool Glass of Rosato With all due apologies to Romeo, Juliet and William Shakespeare, Rosato is the Italian name for Rosé. True to Mr. Shakespeare, however, you might also see a pink Italian wine with a name of Cerasuolo or Chiaretto, as all are what we call a … Continue reading

albarino_clam_shrimp_pasta 20160727 25

Celebrate Albariño Day with spicy Shrimp & Clam Pasta

Albariño Day/Week Grape Celebration days have become a popular way to promote wines from a region or from a common grape around the world. They can be a bit confusing, as sometimes the day/date seems to be a bit vague. Some, like #AlbariñoDay are placed perfectly in the calendar. August is prime time for seafood … Continue reading

ferratus_lamb 20160622 1

Three Different Shades of Ribera del Duero – Ferratus Winery

Ferratus winery in Ribera del Duero Early this summer I received an offer to evaluate wines from Ferratus in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. Its a region I’m interested in exploring, so I jumped at the chance, and a few days later, three different wines arrived in the mail.  All are the same … Continue reading

Chateau Carmenere Medoc with steak and lentil salad

Left Bank and Lentils – French #Winophiles

French #Winophiles Visit Storied Left Bank Bordeaux Our French #Winophiles group will be hanging out in Bordeaux for the next few months (if it could only be real!).  This month, we are focusing our efforts on the Medoc and Haut-Medoc AOC communities. You can link to all our posts farther down the page. The AOC … Continue reading

El Maestro Sierra Oloroso sherry

A Sherry Pairing Mnemonic #WinePW

Wine Pairing Weekend Sherry Exploration Our Wine Pairing Weekend group is exploring sherry wine pairing this month. Some of our group are sherry lovers, but for many, sherry is either new, different, or just not liked. I’m in the “starting to understand, maybe, possibly coming into the sherry lovers camp”. But I still have a … Continue reading

sherry_winePW 20160629 60-2

A Quick Cookbook, Perfect for Weeknights

A Cookbook for the Time Challenged Do you like to cook, but find it difficult to cook from scratch on a weeknight? So many cookbooks assume a larger pantry and an earlier start-time than I usually have during the week. The Quick Six Fix by Stuart O’Keefe might be just the thing you need to … Continue reading

Sherry spans a wide range of flavors

Wine Pairing Weekend Takes the Sherry Challenge #WinePW

Pairing Food with Sherry Sherry isn’t a single wine, and it isn’t only something your grandmother drinks. Still, it does seem to be a drink which is often totally overlooked.  Our Wine Pairing Weekend group is taking the challenge this month to pair any of the wide range of styles of sherry with a dish. … Continue reading

summertime treats

Orange Duck, Orange Wine #ItalianFWT

Italian Food, Wine & Travel Group Goes Orange Having finished our region-by-region tour, our #ItalianFWT group is working on new, different ways to explore Italy.  Join us this month as we experiment with skin-fermented white wines from all over Italy! Further down in the post you can see what all my Italophile buddies have dreamed … Continue reading

topochines vino

Exploring the World of Wine

The Wine Culturist

wine stories for discerning sippers


Learning about wine, vines and vignerons whilst living in the Languedoc


Trolling the bottom shelves since 2013

Wine Esquire

This is a wine blog. A wine blog written by a lawyer. Because lawyers drink wine.


a reason for wine

Chestnuts and Truffles

Real Italian Food


Art, Travel & Life in Italy & Europe

Marcella nel mondo

Beyond Italian wine horizons

The Illustrated Wine

A graphic blog from a WSET Diploma education

The Palladian Traveler

Meandering along the cobblestone to somewhere...


Delicious Wine Adventures + Croatia Love

learnitalianwines - by tom hyland

A guide to Italian wines, grapes and producers


Both Travelogue and Wine Blog, a search for unique wines, people and places across the globe

Orna O'Reilly: Travelling Italy

Blogging about Italy and all things Italian

Wayzata Wine Club

Club news, schedule, & meeting recaps


A Song in Every Glass

The Trusty Vine

My blog's goal is to educate & inform the public about the best values among natural and authentic wines, with a focus on organic and bio-dynamic wines from the South of France & Spain. Wine reviews will be as objective as possible, and without the use of the much abused 100 pt. system - rather using specific criteria to determine the wine's typicality and authenticity, in addition to its overall quality. To access my blog archives please go to:


A website discussing food, wine, music and all the things that make life worth living. © Tim Milford, 2013


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 392 other followers