#WinePW Jumps on the #MerlotMe Bandwagon

A variety of Merlot wines

October is the Month of Merlot! #Champagneday is a thing.  #Cabernetday is a thing. There’s even a new #CabFrancDay!  But the unfairly maligned Merlot grape needs more love.  Why not a whole month? Several years ago, Rick Bakas started promoting #MerlotMe month for the entire month of October. Since then, the event has grown and … Continue reading

The New “Wine Folly Essential Guide to Wine” & a Giveaway!

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Wine Folly and the New Book If you’ve never heard of Madeline Puckette and Wine Folly, I might wonder what rock you’ve been living under? Madeline and Justin Hammack run a very popular website, Wine Folly, which features tons of infographics, videos, and generally useful wine information in a very accessible format.  No stuffy, hard … Continue reading

Which Languedoc Wine with Cassoulet? #Winophiles

Neither wine was wrong, but one was better

French #Winophiles Visit Languedoc-Roussillon This month, our French #Winophiles group visits the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Where is it? It’s in the south of France, west of Provence, along the coast all the way to the Spanish border. As a wine region, it has long been in the shadow of the Southern Rhone and Provence and only … Continue reading

Goats and Volcanoes are an Earthly Match #WinePW

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Volcanic Wines for October Wine Pairing Weekend The theme for our October Wine Pairing Weekend group is: Volcanic Wines. When I think of volcanoes and wine, I can only think of Sicily and Mount Etna.  There are lots of places in the world where grapevines grow in volcanic soil, but I can only think of … Continue reading

A Very Primo Pizza Party

Enjoy those last days of summer dining al fresco

Outdoor Pizza on a Primo Ceramic Grill Over the Labor Day weekend we visited our Duluth friends John and Liz.  We missed Liz as she was out of town on a girls weekend, but we had fun with John, his fishing buddy Clint, and John’s son Tyson. Saturday evening was our treat, a pizza party.  … Continue reading

Abruzzo 1st Course: Farro & Butternut Squash Soup with Passerina #ItalianFWT

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#ItalianFWT visits Abruzzo This month on #ItalianFWT we’re jetting off to Abruzzo to explore the food & wine of the region. The region of Abruzzo sits very near Rome, however, the steep Apennine mountains divide the west side of Italy (Rome) from the east (Abruzzo). Historically, this made travel difficult, hence Abruzzo is barely known. … Continue reading

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