What Wine Goes With Octopus? A Sardinian Investigation #ItalianFWT

The Octopus flavoring is dominated by tomatoes, garlic and super bright acidity of the red wine vinegar

Octopus I love octopus as a menu item in restaurants and often order it, but I’ve never attempted it at home. After a call to our local Coastal Seafoods, where the fishmonger assured me I could handle it, I was all in.  Maybe you will be too!  If you have enjoyed calamari, you should try … Continue reading

Our Saber Crisis #MWWC18

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Monthly Wine Writing Challenge 18 #MWWC18 After several months away, I’m jumping back into the game with the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge group.  The premise is simple: a friendly challenge among the group to write on the topic for the month. Votes are tallied (remember, no wagering) and a winner emerges.  The winner chooses the … Continue reading

Mourvedre – New World and Old

Neither one names the dominant grape, both are majority Mourvedre.

Our French Winophiles group visited (virtually) Provence last weekend.  I love Provençal rosé, but I knew I had to pair a meal with a favorite wine of mine from Bandol, Domaine Tempier. When I open a classic from the “old world”, I always enjoy drinking it alongside a respectful version from the “new world”.  By … Continue reading

Moules & Provençal Rosé

Once the shells open in the pot, you are ready to serve and eat!

Always Time for Mussels The workweek seems so hectic; by Friday we just want something easy and quick for dinner.  In the summer, mussels are a perfect fit for easy, quick, and good.  There are as many variations as you can imagine, and you are likely to come up with some new versions of your … Continue reading

Filet de Porc au Genièvre avec Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge #winophiles

Domaine Tempier produces fine red Bandol wines.

French #Winophiles visit Provence! July is a great time for the French #Winophiles to visit Provence, that wonderful region in the south of France.  The most widely known wine style from Provence is, of course, Provençal Rosé, perfect for hot summer afternoons. Visiting Provence Provence is a popular destination with lots to see, eat and … Continue reading

All American Menu: Farmer and Winery Friends #WinePW

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July Wine Pairing Weekend Assignment: All American, All French, or Somewhere In Between I chose “All American!”  I’ve been spending lots of time this year exploring Italian food and wine, but sometimes it’s fun to come home to familiar ground.  Especially this time of year, where we can cook almost the whole meal on the … Continue reading

They’ll Drink Anything in Rome #ItalianFWT

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Lazio and #ItalianFWT This month we’re off to Lazio, dominated by Italy’s national capital, Rome! When you think of Rome, you think of the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Vatican.  You’re probably not thinking about wine. Lazio Wines are Tough to Find As we slowly tour Italy, region by region, I’ve been surprised by the ease … Continue reading

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