House of Cards Lighting Studio for Food/Wine Blogging

Light at 7 o'clock, reflectors at 3 o'clock and overhead.

Lighting for Food/Wine Bloggers This is the time of year when bloggers start to think about artificial lighting.  In the summer, you can use natural light all day and well into the evening. December in Minnesota? 4:30pm sunset. What to do? You can either cook and photograph in the afternoon, or you can invest in … Continue reading

Is there a Marrow Doctor in the House? Bordeaux #Winophiles

Chateau Canevault Fronsac

Doomed Preparing for our November French #Winophiles blogging group journey into all things Bordeaux, I was excited to feature both an entrée (1st course) and a plat (2nd course, usually main course). I featured a Bordeaux Blanc with mussels for the entrée, and the plan was to follow with a pan seared steak, aka entrecôte … Continue reading

Happy Carménère Day!

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November 23rd is #CarmenereDay Carménère – The Lost Grape Ever hear of Carménère? It’s a bit like one of those “Switched at Birth” mysteries with a happy ending.  Carménère was originally one of 6 allowed blending grapes for use in Bordeaux red wines, but it was particularly hard hit during the 1800’s Phylloxera epidemic in … Continue reading

Bordeaux Entrée: Mouclade de Moules & Chateau Les Bertrands #winophiles

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French #Winophiles Take on Bordeaux Our November meeting of the French #Winophiles sends us to the famous and highly regarded wine region of Bordeaux.  The Bordeaux wine region is defined by the banks of the Gironde with the two rivers feeding it, the Dordogne and the Garonne. In the far west of France, Bordeaux is … Continue reading

You Can’t Take It With You, or Can You? Wine Check!

Thibault Morey shared 2015 barrel samples, 2014 tank samples and 2013 bottled versions of several of his wines.

If you’re a wine lover traveling in a wine region anywhere in the world, you will undoubtedly want to bring home some treasures you acquired along the way.  Like me, you won’t be satisfied with just one or two bottles you can sneak into your luggage.  How can you bring home a bunch of wine, … Continue reading

Get to Know the Vignerons Indépendants

The sheer number can be overwhelming

Travel plans to France anytime soon?  Take a look at the Vignerons Indépendants. Pack this info away, maybe you can work a Salon into your schedule! The Vignerons Indépendants The Vignerons Indépendants are a trade group of small French winegrowers who banded together for mutual benefit and to encourage maintaining their independence.  As a consumer, … Continue reading

They Sure Love Fontina in Valle d’Aosta! #ItalianFWT

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Italian Food Wine & Travel Visits Valle d’Aosta Where in the world is Valle d’Aosta?  It’s a very small region tucked into the far northwestern corner of Italy, bordering both Switzerland and France.  As you might imagine, food and wine from Valle d’Aosta share characteristics with products from the mountain cultures of those two countries. … Continue reading

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