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

iOTA Cellars Chardonnay with Shrimp and Pea Risotto Milanese at

iOTA Cellars Chardonnay with Shrimp and Pea Risotto Milanese

Not Just Pinot Noir Our friends at iOTA Cellars started out in the Eola-Amity Hills area of the Willamette Valley with Pinot Noir from their Pelos-Sandberg Vineyard. Over time, they decided to add Chardonnay vines to their estate plantings, and while they wait for their estate vines to mature enough to produce wine, they purchased … Continue reading

Aglianico Battle between Campania and Basilicata #ItalianFWT

The Aglianico Battle In our past Italian Food Wine & Travel (#ItalianFWT) explorations, I’ve sampled Aglianico based wines from both Basilicata and Campania, two regions in Southern Italy. I was curious to try the wines “head to head” to find similarities and differences. Could I declare a winner? Read on! Our Italian FWT group is … Continue reading

Mastroberardino "Radici" Taurasi Riserva and Vini Alois "Campole" Aglianico

Aglianico Preview for Italian Food, Wine and Travel #ItalianFWT

Italian Food, Wine & Travel Group Explores Aglianico #ItalianFWT Join the Italian Food, Wine & Travel Group as we dive deep into wines made from the Aglianico grape. This Saturday March 3, our posts will all be live and we’ll be chatting about our discoveries. Join us on Twitter Saturday March 3 at 10am CST … Continue reading

Graham's 20 year tawny port

Graham’s 20 Year Tawny Port: Formal to Cowboy

Tawny Port For Every Occasion Port comes in such a variety of styles and price points, there is sure to be a port for your every occasion from daily treats to special celebrations. Tawny port may be for you if you appreciate the nutty, caramel notes amidst the deep fruit and lively acidity. The color … Continue reading

Markus Wine Company Reds with a Slow Smoked Ribeye Roast

Markus Wine Company I first met Markus Niggli at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference. Fittingly, we were out walking in a vineyard and struck up a conversation. I was very impressed with his “not your typical Lodi white wines”.  Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to try several of his white wines. They were … Continue reading

Aglianico Shootout, Join Us! #ItalianFWT

Aglianico: King of Southern Italy Italian wines are so much more than just Sangiovese. Have you ever tried an Aglianico based wine? Aglianico grapes are grown in southern Italy and almost nowhere else. With thick skins, they produce deeply colored, tannic wines suitable for aging. So much so, they are sometimes referred to as the … Continue reading

French Wines for ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ Valentines #Winophiles

Winophiles Celebrate L’Amour with French Wines Valentines Day ensures we all think of February as the month we associate with love, l’amour! Coincident with theme of l’amour, many in our French Winophiles group received a number of samples to use in our posts this month. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a … Continue reading

Cockburn's Port to warm a winter day

Port to warm a winter evening

A Glass of Port by the Fire For those of us who choose to live in the northern, snowy regions of the earth, the idea of a nice rich, deep sweet finish to an evening sounds great. To my friends in Florida, central and southern California, I say, you must occasionally have a rainy, cool … Continue reading

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