Should You Pursue Wine Certification? #WSET

Plenty of blind tasting

My Wine Certification Story – So Far For the last two months I have been deeply immersed in studying for my first wine certification.  I just came back from a 4 day long intensive class which concluded on day 5 with a 2 1/2 hour tasting and written test.  While I feel good about the … Continue reading

Choucroute Garni: Fancy French Kielbasa & Sauerkraut #Winophiles

This will warm you up on a winter night

French Winophiles (Virtually) Invade Alsace Alsace is in the far eastern part of France, right on the border with Germany. The region sits between two possible natural borders, the Vosges mountains and the Rhine river.  As such, this little region has flip-flopped several times between being claimed by France and by Germany. As you can … Continue reading

I Need Your Help: Send Me to France with One Quick Vote!


Cut to the Chase – Please Vote for Me! OK, if you read nothing else, please go and vote for my friends and I to win trips to France!  It’s easy, as you can only vote once, and the contest closes on Feb. 26. Here’s what you do: Go to the Millesima USA Contest page … Continue reading

Perfect Wine for a Sparkling Valentine’s Day Celebration

Demarie Birbet, sweet sparkling

A Romantic Wine Pairing Weekend Our Wine Pairing Weekend group has a bunch of great Valentine’s ideas for you! Slide down to the bottom of this post to find ideas for romancing your significant other! My focus this year is on dessert. Your Romantic Finish to a Valentine’s Celebration Chocolates and Cabernet Sauvignon? Don’t believe … Continue reading

Swordfish and Cirò from the Land of Scylla and Charybdis #ItalianFWT

Wines from Calabria

#ItalianFWT visits Calabria Every one of the twenty regions of Italy produces wine, and our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group has visited (virtually) all the well known regions.  In our quest to truly understand Italy, we are also visiting the lesser known regions, and Calabria is right up there in the “What? Never heard … Continue reading

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