Hazelnuts, Squash & Barbera d’Alba

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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Hazelnuts & Ancient Grains We’re back in the hunt in the TuLangheRoero photo/recipe contest.  This week’s ingredient? Hazelnut or Nocciola Tonda Gentile in Italian.  A first thought would be a dessert, and there are many fine traditional Piemontese desserts that feature hazelnuts. This main dish is non-traditional, but the hazelnuts shine.  … Continue reading

Anchovy Beet-Green Pesto Pasta & Arneis

You'll want a palate cleanser with anchovy beet green pesto!

TuLangheRoero is currently hosting a food blogging/photography contest.  The challenge runs a little like the “Chopped” cooking show in slow motion.  Each Monday, they announce the secret ingredient, always a favorite in the Langhe and Roero districts of the Piedmont region in Italy.  The contest is to create and photograph a dish using the secret … Continue reading

#NWTW: Touriga Nacional

UDACA Touriga Nacional, a powerhouse red

New Wine This Week: Touriga Nacional This is week 6 in #NewWineThisWeek, a fun ongoing social media event open to all.  All you need to do is find out what the wine of the week is, try it, and tweet or vote.  Join up! The new wine this week is Touriga Nacional, a major grape … Continue reading

Winegrower’s Devotion

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Every glass of wine we drink is the result of years of devotion by a winegrower.  The next time you open a bottle, pause a moment to appreciate their dedication. Cheers! (click on any image to view the story in photos) This is my entry in the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #7.  This month’s theme … Continue reading

#NWTW: Torrontes

Familia Meschini Torrontés - our new wine this week

New Wine This Week Are you interested in expanding your wine choices this year?  Join in with a group of wine lovers around the world (OK, it’s currently a small group) and participate in New Wine This Week (#NWTW on twitter).  A blogger in England, Please Bring Me My Wine, started 2014 with a pledge … Continue reading

Super Bowl Duel: Barolo vs. Napa Cab w/Steak

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For Super Bowl Sunday, we’re running a head-to-head wine duel with a steak dinner.  Who will win: Barolo or Napa Cabernet? In the pre-game matchup, we compare the wine stats.  The Oddero Barolo is lighter in color.  However, it reports 14.5% alcohol vs. the 13.9% for the Frog’s Leap Cab.  Which one is more intense?  … Continue reading

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