Mustard Braised Short Ribs and Demarie Barolo

Sunlight streaming through Demarie Barolo

Barolo: Drama in a Glass Barolo always impresses.  All that power, all the acid and tannins from such a lightly colored wine. It doesn’t feel heavy, but it’s no lightweight patio sipper! Azienda Agricola Demarie Giovanni The Demarie winery is located in Vezza d’Alba, a town in the Roero region of the Piemonte in northwest … Continue reading

A First Taste of a Friend’s First Chardonnay

iOTA Cellars Chardonnay 2014

iOTA Cellars Expands It’s a rare opportunity to taste a winemaker’s first wine, or their first wine from a new grape. We’re long time fans of our friends at iOTA Cellars Pinot Noir. They have been producing Pinot Noir commercially since the 2006 vintage, and we have been enjoying their wines from the beginning. In … Continue reading

Cooking Sicilian with the Broders at Kitchen in the Market

kitchen in the market cooking class

Two Favorites: Kitchen in the Market and Broders I love cooking classes at Kitchen in the Market in Minneapolis. A real commercial kitchen, the classes are always fully hands-on.  I don’t want to watch someone cook, I want to do it myself! This week, I had the double pleasure of attending a Sicilian cooking class … Continue reading

Passed #WSET Advanced, on to Diploma!

Wine & Spirit Education Trust – Results Are In! Back in February, I wrote about my experience in going through wine certification through the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Advanced Course.  After 8 long weeks, the results came via email today! Excuse me for a minute while I go do my happy dance, here’s the … Continue reading

Spring Arrives with Chilean Sauvignon Blanc and a Sautéed Scallop Salad

Errazuriz and Los Vascos Sauvignon Blancs with seared scallop salad

Get Ready for Spring! It seems that even in Minnesota, spring is upon us. Actually, in Minnesota, spring comes and goes several times before jumping right into summer.  We are always ready to pull out warm weather recipes and wines at a moments notice to take advantage of a warm, sunny day! Today I’m sampling … Continue reading

Mussels & Muscadet in our Imaginary Nantes Bistro #Winophiles

#Winophiles Dive Deep into the Loire Region After our initial cruise through the main wine regions of France, our French Winophiles blogging group is going back to spend some serious time in each region. Our first deep dive will the the Loire.  We’re taking a slow virtual cruise up the Loire river from the Atlantic ocean … Continue reading

Italian Wines & Non-Italian Foods: Demarie Barbaresco w/ Lamb Chops & Salad from the Grill

Italian Wines are Great with Spaghetti… Of course Italian wines are great with Italian foods, “what grows together, goes together”. Do you fall into the rut of only serving Italian wines with classic Italian dishes?  I know I’m guilty of this, in part because I love Italian cuisine whether it comes from the North, Central, … Continue reading

Are You Kidding Me? Rosé for OTBN? #WinePW

iOTA Cellars "phyllis" rosé

Wine Pairing Weekend and OTBN16 This year, our Wine Pairing Weekend group is getting together to share our individual experiences with #OTBN 2016. Please take a look further down in this post to jump to links for all our posts! Quiet Start to OTBN 2016 Are you familiar with “Open That Bottle Night“? OTBN is … Continue reading

A Molise Sangiovese with a Sauce to Make as the Pasta Cooks #ItalianFWT

#ItalianFWT visits Molise As we near the end of our 1st lap around Italy, our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group is exploring the unknown regions of Italy.  This month, we visit Molise. Long associated with its neighbor, Abruzzo, Molise was designated as a separate region in 1963. It shares some characteristics with Abruzzo, but … Continue reading