Peju Merlot paired with Zuni Cafe Chicken

Peju Shows Merlot’s Versatility with Zuni Chicken #Merlotme

This post is associated with the full month of October celebration of Merlot, called #MerlotMe on social media. Go ahead, look it up on facebook, Twitter or your favorite search engine! Merlot is More than Just a Red Meat Wine Being a bit softer and more plush than Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot will pair with more … Continue reading

Chardonnay, Trousseau and Vin Jaune from the Jura

My Kingdom for a Bresse Chicken – French #Winophiles

French Winophiles Invade the Jura Have you ever had a wine from the Jura? Do you have any idea where the Jura is? You’re not alone, it’s one of the lesser known winegrowing regions in France. In fact, the wines are so spotty in their distribution, our #winophiles group had another region choice if they … Continue reading


Merlot and “Just One Thing” for Your Steak #MerlotMe

Merlot and Your Next Steak The #MerlotMe wineries were very generous with their review samples, so here goes another fun dinner with one of my favorites from last year: Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot! “Just One Thing” Clickbait or Good Advice? We’re bombarded on all forms of social media for “Just One Thing” clickbait. “Just One … Continue reading

Otto wants to know if you're going to finish that....

A Love Affair with Merlot and the Grill #MerlotMe #WinePW

Second Annual Meeting of Wine Pairing Weekend and #MerlotMe Our Wine Pairing Weekend group had a ball last year helping the #MerlotMe group of wineries in their October month-long celebration of the under-appreciated Merlot grape. We were tickled to be invited to join again in the October #MerlotMe celebration 2016! Love Merlot and the Grill … Continue reading

Merlot wine from Duckhorn, Cliff Creek and Cannonball

Wine Pairing Weekend and MerlotMe Join Forces Again!

Wine Pairing Weekend Group Takes on Merlot – Round Two! Our Wine Pairing Weekend blogging group (#WinePW on twitter) takes on a monthly wine pairing experiment/challenge. We get together online and chat about our results, celebrate victories and examine defeats. Last year, we had the opportunity to partner with the #MerlotMe group of wineries for … Continue reading

Clear mornings with a trace of the fog.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Piemonte in the Fall #ItalianFWT

Fall in Italy This month, our Italian Food Wine & Travel group is sharing their favorite thoughts about Fall in Italy.  Take a look at all the great ideas at the bottom of this post! Fall in the Piemonte When is a good time to visit the Piemonte region in Italy? Trick question! Anytime, of … Continue reading

Cooler weather = Merlot time!

#MerlotMe and Wine Pairing Weekend; We’re At It Again!

October Is #MerlotMe Month Our Wine Pairing Weekend group had so much fun with MerlotMe in October last year, we decided to do it again! In collaboration with the MerlotMe wineries, we’ll be posting and chatting up our love for Merlot in the month of October. Join us as we celebrate the much maligned grape that … Continue reading

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

scrape together a meal

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

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