Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Trader Joe’s

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Mystery – Read the Ending First Are you the type to read the ending first?  If so, I’ll save you some time: Trader Joe’s is an OK choice for purchasers with limited budget.  The sweet spot for nice wines is at price of $5-10 per bottle. Stick with Trader Joe’s house brand or Trader Joe’s … Continue reading

Giving South America a Second Look: Montes & Kaiken Wines

Take a closer look at wines you may have passed by.

Moral of the Story: Know Your Preference, but Re-examine Your Bias Regularly. Protocol Wine Studio, Montes Wines, Kaiken Wines and the Montes Family I don’t like Argentine or Chilean wines. For Argentina: too ripe & extracted, too oaky. For Chile: hard to tell what the general style is, as it seems to be all over … Continue reading

Shake Up Your Brat Routine With Tomato, Red Onion, Gruyère Salad

Lunch is ready!

Shake Up Your Routine As we enter our last few weeks of summer, you might be ready to shake up your normal burger or brat routine.  How about ditching the bun and enjoying your meal with a different take on a summer salad? Emmi USA Cave Aged Kaltbach Le Gruyère Cheese The folks at Emmi USA … Continue reading

The Undiscovered France: Sud-Ouest & Jurançon Sec #Winophiles

Jurançon Sec

Southwest France (Sud-Ouest) Gets No Respect The Southwest France wine region is a real Cinderella story.  Look at the map, wicked step-sister “Bordeaux” in the same geographic region gets all the glory.  The remainder of the entire region is relegated to anonymity.  I know a Wine Bible can’t include every single region in every single … Continue reading

Perfect Pairing with Port #WinePW

Graham's 10 year Tawny Port

August Wine Pairing Weekend “Visiting” Portugal If you see this early enough, please join us on Saturday, August 8th as we chat wine and food pairings from Portugal. These pairings are perfect for late summer and early autumn entertaining. Our live Twitter Chat uses the hashtag #WinePW on Saturday, August 8th at 10am CDT. Join … Continue reading

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