Madden’s Food & Wine Weekend

I had to try at least a few bites of everything!

If you have a short attention span and just want the take away, here it is: Mark your calendar for 2013, the last weekend in August before Labor Day with “Hold for Madden’s Food & Wine Event”.  My wife, Julie, and I attended the 2012 event last weekend, and we had a great time.  Maybe … Continue reading

Montinore Pinot Rosé & Peach – Chevre Salad

Ingredients: shrimp, peach, red onion, curly green lettuce, almonds, chevre

It’s the second half of August, and it has occurred to me that rosé season is rapidly coming to a close in Minnesota.  Wow, summer goes so fast!  Now we need to burn through our remaining rose before the close of the warm weather.  We can use a bottle or two at Thanksgiving, but there’s … Continue reading

Pizza Party

Finished strawberries & Chevre

Last Friday night, we had a combination birthday & going away party for my daughter, Casey.  She has headed south to start a PhD program.  When asked if she had any special food she’d like to have, she immediately answered “Pizza!”, and homemade peach pie from our son and pie specialist, Peter. I pulled out … Continue reading

Two Aglianico’s & Lamb Chops

Giornata Aglianico: herbs lead the way

Do you have any experience with Aglianico?  Neither do I.  I purchased one from Giornata this spring because it sounded interesting.  In the interim, I also picked up an Italian one from Surdyk’s, one of our local wine shops.  It’s been a hot summer, so my interest in really big, brawny wines has been limited. … Continue reading

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