Lamb Shanks Provençal with Les Baux de Provence and Cassis #Winophiles

French Winophiles Dream of Provence Just the word “Provence” brings forth dreamy thoughts of bright sun, warm summer days, lavender fields and a laid back, relaxed life. And of course, delicious food and wine! This month, our French Winophiles group is conjuring up memories or aspirations of that Provencal landscape while we highlight foods and … Continue reading

Picturing Uruguay with Lentil Stew & Aguara Tannat #winepw

Wine Pairing Weekend Group Imagines Uruguay It’s February and our Wine Pairing Weekend blogging group is picturing what summer must be like down in Uruguay. Never heard of wine from Uruguay you say? I had heard, but had never tried one. Thanks to Amanda Barnes of Around the World in 80 Harvests and the South … Continue reading

Sagrantino to Warm a Minnesota Winter Night #ItalianFWT

Italian Food, Wine & Travel Group Tackles Sagrantino February is my turn to host our group, and I was hoping my buddies would take on the challenge of trying a Montefalco Sagrantino. Sagrantino is a lesser known grape, but it is the king of the Montefalco area within the larger Umbria region of Italy. And … Continue reading

Sagrantino, the Enforcer of Umbria: Preview #ItalianFWT

Sagrantino Grape and the Italian Food, Wine & Travel Group Sagrantino is the bully of the Vitis Vinifera world. Dark, thick skinned, withstands heat and cold. It holds one of the highest levels of tannins in the world of red wine grapes. In Umbria, it has long aging requirements to allow those strong tannins to … Continue reading

Umbria and Sagrantino Grape Invitation #ItalianFWT

Italian Food, Wine & Travel Group Searches for Sagrantino in Umbria Our #ItalianFWT group has visited Italy via her wines for four years! We made our first “visit” to Umbria back in 2015 when we were touring the whole country virtually (my post is here). In February, we’ll be going back, specifically in search of … Continue reading

Our Biodynamic French Friends #Winophiles

Biodynamics Isn’t for Everyone It’s January 2019, and our French Winophiles group is exploring biodynamics in France. I’ve been interested in the viticulture side of wine for some time, and I’ve been writing about it a bit recently. I explained why I’m interested in a post (here) if you’re interested. There’s a lot of hoopla … Continue reading

Party Guaranteed: Pulled Pork and Argentine Wine #WinePW

Smoke a Pork Shoulder for the Family Want a sure-fire crowd pleaser? Learn how to smoke a pork shoulder (pork butt) for pulled pork sandwiches. Your barbecue skills will become legend. And, (shhh….) it’s easy! Details at the bottom of this post. Wine Pairing Weekend “Visits” Argentina January and February 2019 take our Wine Pairing … Continue reading

Travel (Virtually) to Argentina with Wine Pairing Weekend #WinePW

Argentina Welcomes (Virtually) the Wine Pairing Weekend Bloggers Winter 2019 brings our blogging group on a virtual tour of South America. In January, we visit Argentina, and in February, we’ll be posting on Uruguay and Chile. We’ll enjoy the warm weather, even if it is only through our vivid imaginations! What is your impression of … Continue reading

A Safe Way, an Expert Way and a FUN Way to open a Bottle of Sparkling Wine

Open That Sparkling Wine With Confidence Opening a bottle of sparkling wine makes lots of people a bit nervous. Even wine enthusiasts are nervous when they hear about sabering, wondering if they should try. It’s not so hard, really!  Let’s go through a few basics on all the ways to open a bottle of sparkling … Continue reading

Is Anyone Ready to Go to Argentina? #WinePW

Wine Pairing Weekend Group Travels (Virtually) to Argentina in January 2019! Short daylight hours, snow ice and sleet. Are you ready for a break? Our Wine Pairing Weekend blogging group is 100% ready! We’re working on posts centered on wines from Argentina and foods to match – Argentine or not. We’ll be posting on our … Continue reading

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