Veneto Food & Wine from Half a World Away

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Moral of the Story: Beware! Warning, if you learn a bit about a region’s food, wine, geography, customs, you just may develop an unstoppable urge to visit.  The only question is, when do we leave? How do you explore a region in Italy from half a world away? 1. Study up! The Veneto So where, … Continue reading

Come Along on a Virtual Tour of Italy

Winemaking signs are everywhere if you look

A Slow Virtual Tour of Italy I’m embarking on a relaxed virtual tour of the wines and foods of individual regions in Italy. I hope you’ll join me! Digging a Little Deeper You might already know I’m a pretty ardent fan of the Piemonte (Piedmont) region of Italy.  In our recent visits we have discovered … Continue reading

Northern Rhone Shootout

An impressive lineup: JL Chave, Gonon, Allemand, Voge

Pinch Me, a Flight of Classic Northern Rhone Reds Do you have a shop in your town that runs serious tastings? We’re lucky to have several venues in Minneapolis, one of which is Sunfish Cellars. In addition to basic classes, Sunfish regularly offers deep explorations into serious wines.  Tonight we sampled wines from a number … Continue reading

Piemonte Hilltop Villages

Can my desert island look something like this? I could live in a castle there.

Submarines and Piemonte Villages??? A very long time ago, I was a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy.  This was before the demise of the Soviet Union (look it up in your history books).  Before heading out on a patrol in the Barents Sea, we drilled in recognizing foreign warships just by the arrangement of … Continue reading

Don’t Be a Snob; Drink Local…

Terroir at the edge of a cornfield?

… And Don’t Let Your World Get Too Small! I live in Minnesota, not known for its’ fine wines. Medicine, yes.  The hotel directly across from the Mayo Clinic has a floor reserved for “Royalty”, and they are serious!  The Rochester airport regularly receives jets from all over the world with patients headed for Mayo.  … Continue reading

Wines for a Sweet & Savory Fall Harvest Meal: #WinePW 5

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Wine Pairing Weekend #5: Fall Fruits and Wine Wine Pairing weekend is a monthly collaborative event for wine/food bloggers. This month’s theme is “Fall Fruits and Wine”.  If you’d like to see what others in our group are doing, scroll to the bottom of the post for links. Join the #winePW conversation: Follow the #winePW … Continue reading

Ahhh… The Sweet Life of a Wine Importer

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Protocol Wine Studio, Justin Gallen and Rinascimento Wine Company One of my favorite wine books is Kermit Lynch’s account of his early days as an importer.  Wouldn’t it be exciting to travel all over Europe, searching out great wineries, meeting the winegrowers and soaking in all that wine culture? Thanks to Protocol Wine Studio , … Continue reading

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