Montefalco Sagrantino Passito & Cheesecake

A perfect foil for that double rich cheesecake

Montefalco Sagrantino Passito – An Umbrian Dessert Wine The Sagrantino grape is native to the Umbria region in Italy, and it is only rarely seen anywhere else in the rest of the world.  It is at once intensely acidic and tannic, so it poses challenges for the winegrower and for the the wine drinker! Historically, … Continue reading

La Buvette Paris

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A Two Year Wait to Visit La Buvette September 2013, our first trip to Paris.  I did my homework and had found a number of natural wine bars worth a visit. One day, Julie was out with a friend and I had the afternoon free. I chose to walk (a long way) as I love … Continue reading

Take a Look at Chilean Pinot Noir

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Should You Give Chilean Pinot Noir a Try? I was approached recently by the Wines of Chile marketing agency with an offer to sample a couple of Chilean Pinot Noirs.  I have limited experience with Chilean wines and have had mixed results with the wines I have previously purchased.  I was intrigued to give the … Continue reading

Rôti de Cochon Tout Simplement et Hermitage #Winophiles

Hermitage hill rises immediately behind town

#Winophiles Tour the Rhone Our October meeting of the French #Winophiles sends us to the Rhone.  The wine region is entirely defined by the Rhone river, as it is the center and the main geographic influence in both soil and weather. We’ll be chatting about the Rhone on Saturday October 17 at 10am CDT. Join … Continue reading

Tuna and Merlot? Yes! #MerlotMe

Merlot and seared tuna? yes!

#MerlotMe and #WinePW Collaboration Continues Thanks to the generosity of the #MerlotMe participating wineries, each of the bloggers in our Wine Pairing Weekend group received several bottles of wine. My first pairing was Pork with Duckhorn Merlot from Napa Valley, a good choice although a pretty safe one. Yes, Virginia, Red Wine with Fish In … Continue reading

#MerlotMe Confession with Duckhorn and Pork Chops #WinePW

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Wine Pairing Weekend and #MerlotMe Welcome to our October edition of our Wine Pairing Weekend group!  This month, we teamed up with the big #MerlotMe celebration, and we’re all featuring dishes we have paired with Merlot. If you see this post soon enough, please feel free to join our chat on Twitter.  Simply look for … Continue reading

#WinePW Celebrates October with #MerlotMe

No longer summer in Minnesota, time for some red wine!

October is MerlotMe Month for Wine Pairing Weekend The food has been prepared and eaten, the wines have been enjoyed, now it’s time to chat! Our October Wine Pairing Weekend meet-up will be a collaboration between our blogging group and the #MerlotMe participating wineries. Thanks to the generosity of the wineries, the wines for our … Continue reading

Orange is the New Red: Paolo Bea Santa Chiara & Umbrian Steak #ItalianFWT

Santa Chiara Umbrian "Bianco"

#ItalianFWT Visits Umbria Umbria is one of the few landlocked regions in Italy. Situated in between Tuscany to the west, Le Marche to the east, and Lazio to the southwest, Umbria is known as the “Green Heart of Italy”.  Winewise, it’s best known for the white wine Orvieto, and for red wines made from Sangiovese … Continue reading

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