5 Rules for Thanksgiving Wines

Wine Pairing Rules for Thanksgiving It’s not about the wine, it’s about family and friends. Choose wines your family will like It’s an American holiday, so consider going American in your wine choices Even though it’s not about the wine, bring really good wines. You never know who’s interest you might spark Choose wines with … Continue reading

A variety of Cru Beaujolais wines

Tasting the Beaujolais Pyramid at Dinner #Winophiles

French #Winophiles Take on Beaujolais Beyond Nouveau This is the time of year when Nouveau Beaujolais bursts onto the market. Met with both excitement (PARTY!) and dread (not another Nouveau release, yuck). This year, the French Winophiles teamed up with some generous Beaujolais Vignerons to offer some wonderful Beaujolais choices beyond Nouveau. Take a look … Continue reading

Explore the Range of Beaujolais with the #Winophiles

More Than Nouveau Nouveau Beaujolais is a marketing triumph; of sorts.  A celebration of the new vintage, the wines are super fresh and what fun to celebrate with a party on the third Thursday of November. This might be the original #WineDay! Only one problem: people around the world mistakenly think that Nouveau Beaujolais is … Continue reading

Sonoma vineyard in the fall

Sonoma and Napa are Open for Business! #WBC17

It’s Been a While It’s been a few years since I’ve been out to Sonoma and Napa, so when the venue for the 2017 Wine Blogger’s Conference was announced (Santa Rosa) I signed up right away! The conference days are super-busy, so I extended my trip to do a little pre-conference wine touring on my … Continue reading

Exploring Chianti Rùfina with Marchesi Gondi #ItalianFWT

“Waiter, the Black Chicken is Missing from my Bottle of Chianti!” I’m guilty.  While I know the Chianti region has multiple sub-regions named for the nearby towns, I always just pick up the Chianti Classico (the symbol is actually a black rooster on the neck of the bottle), assuming it will automatically be of higher … Continue reading

French wines and cheeses

French Wine and Cheese for the Holidays

French Wine and Cheese for the Holidays As the holidays approach, we all find ourselves with lots of opportunities to host family and friends. In the colder weather we can break out the richer cheeses and more robust wines for that all important gathering time before the meal, or just for the afternoon visit! In … Continue reading

Explore Beaujolais Beyond Nouveau With the French #Winophiles

Beaujolais is So Much More than Nouveau! Nouveau Beaujolais, that joyous “fresh from this year’s harvest” wine released worldwide the third Thursday in November has been a great marketing tool, bringing an awareness of the wine and the fun worldwide. Unfortunately, too many customers think Beaujolais is only a new wine, meant to be drunk … Continue reading

Port wines paired with stolen halloween candy

Port Wine Paired with Pilfered Halloween Candy!

A New Halloween Tradition: Steal This Candy It’s a new thing: adults purchase a nice bottle of Port to enjoy with Halloween candy stolen from their children’s haul. No kidding, they’ll never miss a Butterfinger or two! And, one of the major advantages of Port: you can enjoy it over a few weeks with small … Continue reading

Grgich Hills Estate Merlot at the Primo ceramic grill

Smoked Lamb Shanks & Grgich Hills Estate Merlot #MerlotMe

#MerlotMe Continues October Sundays are perfect for low and slow smoking at the grill, and with Julie out of town, lamb was the order of the day. Savory and smoky, lamb shanks seemed like a good fit for a nice Merlot. Our #MerlotMe celebration continues! Grgich Hills Estate Grgich Hills Estate is an important Napa … Continue reading

Foradori Wines and a Duck Press in Minneapolis

Foradori Wines Visit Minneapolis I’m a big fan of Foradori wines, artisan made wines featuring native grapes from the Trentino-Alto Adige Region of Northeast Italy. The best known personality at Foradori is Elisabetta Foradori, although today it is a full family operation with her adult children Theo, Myrtha and Emilio. This week, I had the … Continue reading

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