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Artisan wine from Chile: Garage Wine Co

Chilean Wines in the United States We get a nice variety of Chilean wines in Minnesota, from Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere to Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc from coastal vineyards. However, the large majority of wines are from major wineries, focused on commercial success and internationally styled wines. There’s nothing wrong with this approach, but … Continue reading

Translucent red of Beaujolais wine

Beaujolais: A Versatile Partner for Hunter’s Chicken #winophiles

Beaujolais Flows Freely After spending two weeks in various areas in France, I was impressed by the dedication to local wines. During a week in Lyon we found that Beaujolais was the typical “house” red wine, with Macon being the normal source of a local white. Beaujolais pairs beautifully with charcuterie, cooked sausages, braised meats, … Continue reading

Beaujolais vineyards

A Fall Day in Beaujolais #Winophiles

The French #Winophiles Pay a November Visit to Beaujolais Beaujolais is one of those enigmatic French wine regions. Well known for Nouveau Beaujolais, most wine lovers know almost nothing else about the region and the wines. Join our French #Winophiles group as we delve into the wonders of the Beaujolais! I recently had the opportunity … Continue reading

But First, Champagne by David White

“But First, Champagne” is a Must Read

“But First, Champagne” 6 Word Book Review: Expert or Beginner, Excellent Bookshelf Addition! But First, Champagne is a new book on everyone’s favorite sparkling subject. David White, the driving force behind the excellent wine news aggregator blog Terroirist, has a deep abiding love for Champagne. I was lucky enough to snag a review copy just … Continue reading

Vignerons Independent Salon in Lyon

Vignerons Indépendants – Why You Should Care

Vignerons Indépendants Are the Independent Growers of France By sheer luck I had the opportunity to attend the Vignerons Indépendants Salon in Lyon, France in both 2015 and just recently, 2016. The Salon is an annual multi-day event where over 500 independent growers convene for a wine show with the intent to sell their wine … Continue reading


One More #MerlotMe!

#MerlotMe Everyday It’s not just for the month of October, you have my permission to enjoy Merlot any day of the week, any month of the year. Even with leftover pot roast. Maybe especially with leftover pot roast, it needs love, too! We all need to keep Merlot in our regular rotation of wines and … Continue reading

Graham's 10 Year Tawny Port paired with Halloween Candy

Steal This Halloween Candy!

Just For Fun! Pairing Tawny Port with Halloween Candy When I was contacted about testing out some candy pairings with Tawny Port, I jumped at the chance! 10 Year Tawny Port is one of my favorite dessert wines (here, here, and here). I have my favorite things to pair for an after dinner treat, but … Continue reading

Peju Merlot paired with Zuni Cafe Chicken

Peju Shows Merlot’s Versatility with Zuni Chicken #Merlotme

This post is associated with the full month of October celebration of Merlot, called #MerlotMe on social media. Go ahead, look it up on facebook, Twitter or your favorite search engine! Merlot is More than Just a Red Meat Wine Being a bit softer and more plush than Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot will pair with more … Continue reading

Chardonnay, Trousseau and Vin Jaune from the Jura

My Kingdom for a Bresse Chicken – French #Winophiles

French Winophiles Invade the Jura Have you ever had a wine from the Jura? Do you have any idea where the Jura is? You’re not alone, it’s one of the lesser known winegrowing regions in France. In fact, the wines are so spotty in their distribution, our #winophiles group had another region choice if they … Continue reading


Merlot and “Just One Thing” for Your Steak #MerlotMe

Merlot and Your Next Steak The #MerlotMe wineries were very generous with their review samples, so here goes another fun dinner with one of my favorites from last year: Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot! “Just One Thing” Clickbait or Good Advice? We’re bombarded on all forms of social media for “Just One Thing” clickbait. “Just One … Continue reading

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