Chinon is a beautiful Loire Valley red wine

French Wine 101 – Loire Valley Wines

Wine 101 Series This is one of a series of posts aimed at newcomers to wine with interest but a modest checkbook. Previous Posts Bordeaux, Burgundy & Rhone Affordable Bubbles- Crémant & More Languedoc-Roussillon and Alsace A Few Simple Rules Just the facts, no flowery language Key types of wine from a region Some help in navigating … Continue reading

Champagne Copinet Marie paired with Curried Shrimp Salad

Everyday Celebration with Champagne and Curried Shrimp Salad #Winophiles

The Winophiles Are Always Happy for Champagne Is it possible to have too much Champagne? The #Winophiles say NO! We’re always happy to dive into that fabled region. This month we’re coming back to celebrate the region, the wines, and the foods to enjoy with Champagne. Take a look farther down in this post for … Continue reading

Alit Pinot Noir represents a new concept in wine sales

A Lesson in Wine Costs: Alit Pinot Noir

Wine Cost Transparency – Should You Care? Have you ever wondered about the costs going into that bottle of wine you’re enjoying? How much of the bottle price was the grapes? How does a $5 wine differ from a $50 wine in terms of actual costs? The cost of the grapes really does matter, in … Continue reading

15 Minutes of Fame in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune

15 Minutes of Fame for Twin Cities Wine Bloggers What an honor to be featured with several other Twin Cities wine bloggers today in an article in our hometown Star-Tribune newspaper! Here’s the article with a huge thanks to Bill Ward, our friend and intrepid wine feature reporter. 4 Twin Cities wine experts help you … Continue reading

Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet

Chateau Montelena Classic Napa Cabernet

Old World Approach + Napa Sun My palate leans decidedly to the old world. I’m more impressed by elegance than overwhelming power and richness, so I’m pretty choosy about Napa Valley wines. Chateau Montelena fits the bill perfectly. Chateau Montelena – A Bit of Napa History Chateau Montelena traces their history back to at least … Continue reading

Sicilian Fun with Frappato, Grillo, Swordfish and Artichokes #ItalianFWT

A Virtual Return to Sicily Our Italian Food Wine & Travel group has visited (virtually) Sicily a couple of times. This month, we’re returning with another open invitation to further explore Sicily from afar. I’m fascinated with everything related to Mount Etna, but there’s much more to explore than that one corner of this large … Continue reading

Pizza Night with Arpepe Valtellina Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo from Valtellina and ArPePe The most well known home of Nebbiolo is the Langhe region in Piedmont, but Nebbiolo is grown in a variety of places in northern Italy. All produce wines which are clearly Nebbiolo, but each unique regional climate, vineyard position, soil, and winegrowing method places a stamp on the wine. The … Continue reading

French Wine 101 – Languedoc-Roussillon and Alsace

Wine 101 Series This is one of a series of posts aimed at newcomers to wine with interest but a modest checkbook. Previous Posts Bordeaux, Burgundy & Rhone Affordable Bubbles- Crémant & More A Few Simple Rules Just the facts, no flowery language Key types of wine from a region Some help in navigating the wine … Continue reading

Aromatic Fish and a Corsican – French #Winophiles

OK so it’s not really aromatic fish, the herb infused oil is aromatic. And the Corsican isn’t a gangster, it’s a bottle of wine. But here you are, so you might as well read on! Winophiles Set Sail for Corsica Our French #Winophiles group has virtually washed up on the shore in Corsica. As a … Continue reading

Smoky mushroom mac & cheese paired with two Nebbiolo wines

Nebbiolo Paired With Smoky Mushroom Mac & Cheese

More Fun With Nebbiolo Here’s another great food pairing and a couple of enjoyable examples of Nebbiolo “beyond the B’s” of Barolo and Barbaresco. The high acidity and tannins in Nebbiolo make it a great partner for rich foods as the two balance each other nicely. Mac & cheese fills the bill nicely, and the … Continue reading

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