Biodynamics in the Dolomites with Azienda Agricola Foradori #winepw

Wine Pairing Weekend Group Cooks Up Biodynamic Pairings This month, our Wine Pairing Weekend blogging group is highlighting biodynamic wines from around the world. Take a look farther down in this post for a dozen great wine pairing ideas for biodynamic wines! For my post, I went to Italy. Südtirol and Vini Dolomiti The Trentino … Continue reading

Explore the Wines of Montefalco

Montefalco in Umbria The Umbria region is inland from the more famous Tuscany. Known as the “Green Heart of Italy”, Umbria is a prolific producer of many food products including grains, olives, porcini mushrooms and black truffles. Montefalco in Umbria is best known for Sagrantino, an intensely tannic red wine. But Montefalco is much more … Continue reading

Dreaming of Italian Islands While We Wait for Spring #ItalianFWT

Dreaming of Island Life As a good Minnesotan, I love the winter. Bring on the cold and please bring lots of snow. However, when April arrives, I’m ready for winter to be over. A warm ocean breeze sounds pretty good right now! Join our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group this month as we explore … Continue reading

Flora Springs Merlot on Burger Night

Burger Night The internet seems to be filled with amazing photos of burgers: 7 layers of hamburger, cheese, bacon, chili, more cheese, more bacon…. They look amazing, but would you really want to eat one? I know I’d find myself in a food coma afterward.  At our house, burgers are a simple and quick weeknight … Continue reading

Douro Wines: More Than Just Port

Portugal Is More Than Just Port The Douro river valley is famous worldwide as being the home of Port wine. With the coastal city of Porto as the epicenter of the Port business, the vineyards of the Douro valley are upriver quite a ways. Did you know that Port houses also make still wines? They … Continue reading

Pinot Noir 101 with Ellie and Friends

Wine 101 Intro to Pinot Noir with Ellie and Friends My niece, Ellie, and a group of her friends are a couple of years out of college and are interested in learning about wine, with a normal recent graduate budget. I jumped at the chance to lead them through an exploration of Pinot Noir, keeping … Continue reading

Magnus Nilsson, Fäviken, Flygande Jakob and Swedish Comfort Food

Just For Fun! Ever since Netflix Chef’s Table season 1, we’ve been Magnus Nilsson fans. We decided when we visit Sweden, we’d go to Magnus’ restaurant. This summer, the stars aligned and we scored a reservation at Fäviken., so we worked our Sweden trip around our dinner. We loved rural northern Sweden as it reminded … Continue reading

A Tasting Tour of Paso Robles

Touring Paso Robles Via Wine I recently received a nice set of wines from Paso Robles Wine Country, highlighting the variety of wines being produced in the region. It’s been a few years since I’ve visited, so I was happy to get reacquainted Paso Robles through the wines! Disclosure: I received these wines as samples. … Continue reading

Enjoy Affordable Left Bank Bordeaux With Your Steak

Bordeaux is Expensive, Right? Many wine drinkers know that top Bordeaux wines are expensive. In 1855 Napoleon asked wine regions to classify their top wines. Bordeaux selected their Grand Cru Classé wines, with 5 wineries named to Premier Grand Cru Classé. These were the most famous and expensive wines of their day. Château Lafite Rothschild … Continue reading

Cariñena – A Discovery Waiting for You

In Cariñena, Value is Hidden Here’s some excellent advice in wine: look where others are not looking. Undiscovered regions are often filled with delicious wines that are superb values. You could do some research to find out the Cariñena region in Spain is located in the larger region of Aragon.  But that would be of … Continue reading

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