Lifetime Vintage: A Virtual Blind Tasting Solution

Blind Wine Tasting Tasting wines blind is instructional for wine certification students, but it can also be a fun activity for groups of wine lovers or just plain wine drinkers. I participate in a couple of blind tasting groups which are now proceeding virtually due to our stay at home mandates from the novel coronavirus. … Continue reading

Two Fisted Wine Pairing with Yarden Wines #WinePW

Yarden Wines Discovery with Wine Pairing Weekend Thanks to Yarden Wines, our Wine Pairing Weekend blogging group is discovering wines from Israel in an extra-credit session for May (we usually meet on the 2nd Saturday). Each of our bloggers received two bottles of wine from one of Yarden Wines labels, and we all took the … Continue reading

A Bonus Wine Pairing Weekend Session with Yarden Wines #WinePW

Wine Pairing Weekend – Meet Yarden Wines! Our Wine Pairing Weekend blogging group received an invitation to do an extra session in May so we could sample wines from Israel via Yarden Wines. Of course, we jumped on the opportunity. This will be a first opportunity to try wines from Israel for many of us.  … Continue reading

At the Grill with Fire and Wine

A Grill Book for Novice and Expert Alike My friends Mary Cressler and Sean Martin have just published a new cookbook right up my alley, and maybe yours, too. If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know I’m a big fan of the grill, cooking outdoors year-round in Minnesota. Mary and Sean share my love … Continue reading

Cru Beaujolais at the Grill #Winophiles

French Winophiles Celebrate Cru Beaujolais This month, our French Winophiles group is diving into the ten Crus of Beaujolais. Many people only know Beaujolais Nouveau, the brand new baby wine rushed to market as a celebration of the just concluded vintage. It’s fun, but it isn’t intended to be a reflection of what’s possible from … Continue reading

Wine 201: Orange Wine Primer with Food Pairings to Try #WinePW

Wine Pairing Weekend Group Tackles Foods with Orange Wine April showers bring May orange wines? Put simply, orange wines are white wines fermented in contact with their skins. Our Wine Pairing Weekend group is tackling orange wines this month, crafting some great ideas for food pairings with this genre of wines which many are discovering. … Continue reading

Pot Roast Soup and Bold Bordeaux by Women (Pot Roast part 2)

Turn Leftover Pot Roast into Soup A few weeks ago my mother-in-law, Joyce, shared her pot roast recipe. We paired it with some delicious red wines made by bold women winemakers in Bordeaux. Today we’re finishing the pot roast saga with Joyce sharing her leftover pot roast soup recipe. Bordeaux Wines for All Many Americans … Continue reading

Vini Alois: Champions of Campania’s Native Grapes #ItalianFWT

Italian Food, Wine & Travel Bloggers Explore Campania This month, our blogging group filled with Italy fans is virtually exploring the Campania region of southern Italy. Take a look further down in this post for a whole host of great ideas! (click on any photo to view full size slide show) Vini Alois: Committed to … Continue reading

Burgers and Côtes du Rhône

Perfect Burger Pairing? Is there a perfect wine pairing for the classic American hamburger? I think not, which is good given the frequency of burgers on our dinner tables. I look for easygoing reds with a nice, plush texture and enough body to pair with the meaty flavor and fat in the burger. It helps … Continue reading

A View of Northern Rhone’s Saint-Joseph through Three Wines #Winophiles

French Winophiles Explore Wines of the Northern Rhone This month, our Winophiles group is traveling (virtually of course) to the Northern Rhone. Less than an hour south of Lyon by car or train, the vineyards hug the Rhone river as it travels south to the Mediterranean. The chief grapes in the North are Syrah for … Continue reading

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