What pairs with Ryme Aglianico?

Aglianico has been a new experience for me this summer.  This one comes from Ryme Cellars, a small winery in Sonoma.  I hadn’t opened this one earlier because it has an alcohol listed at 15.8%, and that often translates to a really big, rich wine.   Now that the weather in Minnesota has cooled off … Continue reading

Favorite Wineries – iOTA Cellars visit

Thanks to our friends and old next door neighbors, Perry and Lynne Pelos, for sparking my interest in wine.  They always wanted to own a vineyard and possibly a winery.  While this is a dream for many people,  the team of Pelos & Sandberg made it reality with the Pelos-Sandberg vineyard and iOTA Cellars!  These … Continue reading

Robert Craig Wine Dinner at Pairings Food & Wine

There are lots of places in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area that offer wine dinners.  A favorite of ours is Pairings Food & Wine in Minnetonka.  The restaurant offers a nice, casual bistro atmosphere; but Chef Michael pulls out all the stops for the wine events.  This week we had a dinner with Adam Glatt from … Continue reading

Terroir 101 – Ladera Vineyards Tasting at Sunfish Cellars

Terroir is a frequent topic of conversations with wine drinkers and wine marketers, but what is it really about? In it’s simplest form, terroir is described as a wine tasting uniquely like the place it was grown, including a reflection of the particular soil and growing conditions that particular season.  Terroir can be obscured by … Continue reading

Obscure Grapes Wine Tasting at Pairings in Minnetonka

Pairings Food & Wine is a nice wine shop & bistro restaurant in Minnetonka.   Besides a nice selection of wines in the shop that you take next door to dinner (no corkage!), they have some of the best value wine classes and wine dinners in the Twin Cities.  Tonight, we had a small group at … Continue reading

Cherry Chutney Chicken & Haden Fig Cancilla Vineyard Pinot Noir

This recipe is from a dinner we made earlier this summer.  The chutney is so good, you should give it a try. It should work in almost any season.  I know I’ll use it again!  The chutney would work well on chicken or pork; you might even try it with salmon.  The main flavor is … Continue reading

Tomato/Dill Salmon & Evesham Wood Pinot Noir – Illahe

Here’s the drill:  ride the bicycle to Kingfield Farmer’s Market after church, try to get everything for dinner, augmented only by the herb/tomato garden, and the simplest of spices.  This time, I am using local sunflower oil, after a suggestion from the MN Locavore – thanks Amy!  One thing I learned: I either need to … Continue reading

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