Wine & Veggies? Yes!

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Put together a group of food & wine bloggers, a fun bistro/wine shop, and a vegetarian challenge and you have a guaranteed evening of fun! The Fortify! Minnesota food bloggers group was the common link between the people in this fun evening.  Nicole Navratil, Nick Kolnik, and Allison Wagner organized the evening and posted an … Continue reading

A Favorite Winery – Wind Gap Wines

Wind Gap 2012-30

When you pull up to Wind Gap you might wonder if you are at the right place. You made it to Forestville, a sleepy little town near Santa Rosa, CA.   You see an old fruit processing factory and there won’t be a tour bus anywhere in sight.  In fact you’ll have to call ahead … Continue reading

Stuffed Squash – round two & Peterson Cabernet Sauvignon

Peterson Cab 2001-2

I think I have my next pairing challenge: find an all vegetarian meal that really needs a Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah as a partner at the table.  This post is a step in that direction, although it’s a step sideways as well. The Rulo Cab was interesting with the stuffed squash on Meatless Monday.  We … Continue reading

Stuffed Squash & Rulo Wines

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A confirmed meat and potatoes guy, I have been working to deepen my appreciation for vegetables in general and vegetarian meals in particular.  Meatless Monday is an opportunity to give a new vegetarian meal a try, always with an eye to what wine will match the meal.  As a member of “Fortify!” a group of Minnesota … Continue reading

Local Artisan Cheese Class at Sunfish Cellars

Our assignment for the night - eat these cheeses

I’m a pretty big fan of local artisan cheeses and I search them out at farmers markets and shops around the Twin Cities. Recently I visited  Sunfish Cellars,  a St. Paul wine and beer shop that has a new wine bar and cheese shop attached.  This past week I attended their “Regional Cheeses” class, knowing … Continue reading

Sonoma Images

Old vine Zinfandel vineyard.

I recently had the opportunity to spend a weekend in Sonoma – November, after the grapes are in and crush is mostly over.  Here are a few images from the Russian River Valley and the Dry Creek Valley.

Domaine Rouge-Bleu Dentelle & Braised Chicken

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If you’re a red wine drinker looking for a wine to go with lighter foods,  Domaine Rouge-Bleu Dentelle may be just the ticket.  This Rhone blend of Carignan and Grenache was perfect with a cheese plate, braised chicken and roast acorn squash! Upon opening, Dentelle has a very earthy aroma.  It dissipates in 15 minutes … Continue reading

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