My Love-Hate Relationship with Loire Whites – French #Winophiles

Otto makes sure no squirrels come near the photo shoot.

Warning: This is a rant, but it does have a happy ending.  I hope you’ll read on. One-Two Punch Knocked Me Out In preparing for our French Winophiles virtual visit to Touraine in the Loire, I was hit by a double dose of love-hate for Loire Valley whites.  First, I must say two things: I’m … Continue reading

Easy Spring Dinner with Pommes Gratin and Chinon – French #Winophiles

Chinon in the Spring, yes!

French Winophiles Take Touraine by Storm Continuing our virtual cruise up the Loire river, we’re picturing those fairytale castles as well as all the vineyards we’d like to visit. Moving inland, the main wine grapes remain Chenin Blanc for white and Cabernet Franc for red.  However, we also start to see Sauvignon Blanc coming into … Continue reading

Taste Test: Wines for Spicy Food #WinePW

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Wine Pairing Weekend Group Tackles Enchiladas Our Wine Pairing Weekend group is nothing if not brave.  As we have gotten comfortable with our wine pairing explorations, we have started taking on tougher challenges and this month is one of our better ones: enchiladas. With wine as a daily occurrence at our dinner table, I have … Continue reading

Hazelnut Pork Tenderloin and Valtellina Superiore

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Stuck in Valtellina Continuing on with our virtual exploration of Valtellina, I found a good looking recipe for chestnut coated pork tenderloin.  In my quick tour around my usual local shops, I was unable to find chestnut flour, but hazelnut flour was available, hazelnut it is! We’ll pair the pork with a very nice introduction … Continue reading

Morels: Minnesota’s Version of Truffle Season

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Morel Season Our counterparts in the old world have truffles.  Perigord truffles, black truffles, and the prized white truffles from the area near Alba in Italy. In Minnesota, we have our Morel Season in the spring. Morel mushrooms grow only in the wild, and only appear for a short time in late April or early … Continue reading

Valtellina: Another Expression of Nebbiolo #ItalianFWT

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#ItalianFWT Visits Lombardia, FoodWineClick Digs into Valtellina The month of May brings our Italian Food, Wine & Travel (#ItalianFWT on twitter) group to Lombardy (Lombardia). Located in north central Italy, Lombardy is the home of much of Italian industry (Beretta), fashion (Milan!), and also for its beautiful lakes region including the well known Lakes Maggiore, … Continue reading

A “Must Have” Piemonte Book for Your Bookshelf

Piemonte in the evening, daydream material! Photo credit: Photo credit: Pierangelo Vacchetto

A Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte Whether you have visited or not, there is a book coming that any Piemonte lover will enjoy.  Like me, if you have been lucky enough to visit, you must daydream regularly about your return. What a beautiful land full of wonderful wines, food, and stories. My … Continue reading

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