December Wine Pairing Weekend, Call for Participants! #WinePW

Your Invitation to December’s Wine Pairing Weekend #WinePW 7 It’s time to start thinking about December’s Wine Pairing Weekend. Our theme this month is “Sparkling Wines and Hors D’oeuvres”. The holidays are upon us, and what better time to practice our sparkling wine pairing skills and favorites!  Won’t you join us? Posts go live and … Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!  We’re grateful to have our family together, visiting our daughter, Casey, in Florida. Thanksgiving Traditions Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?  One of ours is to bring some iOTA Cellars Pinot Noir for our holiday table, wherever we are. The Pelos and Sandberg families are our good friends … Continue reading

A Veneto Touch of Bitter: Radicchio, Clams & Soave

Radicchio and the Veneto Radicchio is a very popular vegetable in the Veneto which finds its way into many dishes.  My guess is that there’s something about that radicchio bitterness that appeals to tastebuds in this region.  We found similar flavors echoed in the Soave wines. The radicchio we get in Minnesota isn’t the same … Continue reading

Hey! I’m a Finalist!

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Millesima-USA , a wine importer in New York, and invited to enter blog posts into their second annual blog awards competition. My entry: 5 Tips For Your First Visit to Barolo (Italy!) was selected as one of 3 finalists in the Wine Travel Category!  Here are the … Continue reading

A Hot Environment Full of Fire, Knives & Yelling

A Chef’s Calling Chef Craig Sharpe started out in a different profession, wasn’t happy and was exploring new career options.  He took a temporary job in a kitchen where he experienced the “hot environment full of fire, knives and yelling”.  Funny place to find your calling; he immediately knew he was home. Fast forward a … Continue reading

Veneto Out of the Ordinary: Pork Ribs & Sauerkraut with Polenta

My introductory post to our virtual exploration of the Veneto was running long, so I omitted the details of the first full wine and food pairing we tried.  Without further adieu, here it is! The Veneto is more than just Venice. The town of Belluno lies a little further north in the region and you … Continue reading

Thanksgiving from the Veneto: Turkey, Pomegranate Sauce & Valpolicella

#WinePW Wine Pairing Weekend Thanksgiving Edition November is here! And that means it’s time to start thinking about the turkey and other Thanksgiving dinner fixings. Our challenge this month is to find a creative wine & food pairing to use at Thanksgiving.   If you see this early enough, please join us November 8th at 10 … Continue reading

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