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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

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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

Santa Chiara Umbrian "Bianco"

#ItalianFWT Searches Italy for Orange Wines!

Italian Food, Wine and Travel Takes a Second Lap Around Italy Wow, our Italian Food, Wine and Travel blogging group (#ItalianFWT on Twitter) has completed our first lap around Italy. Did you know that every one of Italy’s twenty regions produces wine?  Our group has explored each region firsthand and we’re all excited to continue, … Continue reading

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Can You Taste Dirt? Soils & Sancerre

Tasting the Dirt There’s lots of discussion in print and online these days about terroir, soils and location vs. winemaker and who or what is more important. Do flinty, seashell filled soils produce mineral wines? I can assure you there are no actual stones in your wine. Here’s the important question: Can a regular person … Continue reading

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The Red-Headed Stepchild of Sancerre #winophiles

The End of the Road for the French Winophiles Loire Valley Tour All good things must come to an end, but what a finish!  Our virtual tour of the Loire Valley has taken us inland all the way to the towns of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. The climate here is fully continental, with no moderating influence … Continue reading

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Paris Oyster

Paris Oyster Julie’s cousin, Kay, an American who married a (wonderful) French Banker has explained French Culture to us as an iceberg: 10% visible, 90% invisible, as we are learning, so true. Your first step to understanding French culture can be gained by a delicious visit to a tiny restaurant in Paris. Now, let’s visit … Continue reading

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