Resonance Pinot Noir paired with grill roasted chicken

Louis Jadot’s First Steps in Oregon with Résonance Vineyard Pinot Noir

News Flash: Louis Jadot Retires to Oregon Well, not exactly, but there’s some truth to the headline.  In 2013, Maison Louis Jadot bought their first (!) property outside Burgundy in France. This is all the more impressive given that the firm was formed in 1859. Conservative? Maybe. By my tasting, they “done good”. Fast Facts … Continue reading

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Quick Weeknight Meal: Cod Packets with Graves – #Winophiles

Graves on a Weeknight I usually prepare in advance for our #Winophiles group. Study the region, find a recipe, purchase the wines, prepare the meal on Sunday, work on the post during the week, post on Saturday morning, then chat. I was all set this week with Jura wines, right on track. Wednesday I realized … Continue reading


Burgundy Wines Easy on the Pocket?

Everyday Burgundy Wines from Louis Jadot We don’t usually expect to see “Burgundy” and “Affordable” in the same sentence. Wines from Domaine Romanée-Conti often sell for upwards of $1500/bottle. Know what? If you know where to look, there are some lovely wines from the region that won’t break the bank. In fact, they are affordable … Continue reading

Is Grüner Veltliner the next big "thing"? Maybe it should be...

Is Grüner Veltliner Your Next Pizza Wine? #WinePW

Wine Pairing Weekend Group Explores Grüner Veltliner In September, our Wine Pairing Weekend group is diving into Grüner Veltliner, the “home grape” of Austria. Move down farther in this post to see all the great pairing ideas our group has developed, and join our Twitter chat! The Next Big Thing Grüner (Grooner, in case you’re … Continue reading

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Honoring Italy with Umbrian Wines, Pasta Amatriciana and #Winestudio

Let’s Help the Recent Victims of the Earthquake in Italy Through our friends at Protocol Wine Studio (more of that story below), I had a too personal experience with the recent earthquake in Italy.  This post is dedicated to those in Italy affected by the earthquake. We can all help by donating to relief, but … Continue reading

The grapes for Etna Rosso wines are grown on the northern slopes of active volcano, Mt. Etna.

Etna Rosso: Wine from the Slopes of an Active Volcano #ItalianFWT

Volcanic Wines Erupt on #ItalianFWT This month, our Italian Food Wine & Travel group is exploring the topic of Volcanic Wines from Italy. Cruise down further in this post to see what my fellow Italophiles have posted, and if you see this in time, join our chat. Saturday, Sept. 3 at 10am CDT look for … Continue reading

Pour yourself a glass of Port and settle in to take a virtual visit to the Douro

Virtual Trip to the Douro in “A Year in Port”

My $40 Free Screening I had the opportunity to pre-screen the upcoming release of A Year in Port this weekend. So of course, I did a little research and picked up a bottle of Ramos Pinto 10 year Tawny Port, one of the Port houses in the movie, to assist in my enjoying the film. … Continue reading

Bob Koth, family patriarch with a crazy desire to grow German and Austrian grapes in Lodi. Look at the wry smile on his daughter in the background...

Tenacious Growers and Crazy Winemakers at Mokelumne Glen

“Tenacity Dick, you have to stay with the bastard till he’s on the bottom.” World War II SS-39 Wahoo Commanding Officer Mush Morton to his XO, 13 hours into a life or death running gun battle between the submarine and a destroyer. Who’s Your Hero? Who are your heroes? Mine are those crazy people with … Continue reading

Balletto Russian River Pinot Noir and Balletto Russian River Chardonnay

Balletto Vineyards: Under the Radar in Russian River Valley

How Do You Hide 600 Acres? The Balletto family has a long history of farming in Sonoma County. They started out as vegetable growers and increased their land holdings over time to 600 acres. As farming economics changed, it grew harder to make a living growing vegetables, but growing wine grapes could still be a … Continue reading

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Foie Gras & Steak for a Right Bank Bordeaux – French #Winophiles

French #Winophiles Continue to Explore Bordeaux Our French #Winophiles group is in the middle of a 3 month extended virtual tour through Bordeaux (links to all the other posts are further down this page). Last month, we started on the Left Bank. This month, we jump over to the Right Bank, to explore similarities and … Continue reading

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