Top 5 Reasons to Visit Piemonte in the Fall #ItalianFWT

Clear mornings with a trace of the fog.

Fall in Italy This month, our Italian Food Wine & Travel group is sharing their favorite thoughts about Fall in Italy.  Take a look at all the great ideas at the bottom of this post! Fall in the Piemonte When is a good time to visit the Piemonte region in Italy? Trick question! Anytime, of … Continue reading

#MerlotMe and Wine Pairing Weekend; We’re At It Again!

Cooler weather = Merlot time!

October Is #MerlotMe Month Our Wine Pairing Weekend group had so much fun with MerlotMe in October last year, we decided to do it again! In collaboration with the MerlotMe wineries, we’ll be posting and chatting up our love for Merlot in the month of October. Join us as we celebrate the much maligned grape that … Continue reading

Louis Jadot’s First Steps in Oregon with Résonance Vineyard Pinot Noir

Resonance Pinot Noir paired with grill roasted chicken

News Flash: Louis Jadot Retires to Oregon Well, not exactly, but there’s some truth to the headline.  In 2013, Maison Louis Jadot bought their first (!) property outside Burgundy in France. This is all the more impressive given that the firm was formed in 1859. Conservative? Maybe. By my tasting, they “done good”. Fast Facts … Continue reading

Quick Weeknight Meal: Cod Packets with Graves – #Winophiles

scrape together a meal

Graves on a Weeknight I usually prepare in advance for our #Winophiles group. Study the region, find a recipe, purchase the wines, prepare the meal on Sunday, work on the post during the week, post on Saturday morning, then chat. I was all set this week with Jura wines, right on track. Wednesday I realized … Continue reading

Burgundy Wines Easy on the Pocket?


Everyday Burgundy Wines from Louis Jadot We don’t usually expect to see “Burgundy” and “Affordable” in the same sentence. Wines from Domaine Romanée-Conti often sell for upwards of $1500/bottle. Know what? If you know where to look, there are some lovely wines from the region that won’t break the bank. In fact, they are affordable … Continue reading

Is Grüner Veltliner Your Next Pizza Wine? #WinePW

Is Grüner Veltliner the next big "thing"? Maybe it should be...

Wine Pairing Weekend Group Explores Grüner Veltliner In September, our Wine Pairing Weekend group is diving into Grüner Veltliner, the “home grape” of Austria. Move down farther in this post to see all the great pairing ideas our group has developed, and join our Twitter chat! The Next Big Thing Grüner (Grooner, in case you’re … Continue reading

Honoring Italy with Umbrian Wines, Pasta Amatriciana and #Winestudio

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Let’s Help the Recent Victims of the Earthquake in Italy Through our friends at Protocol Wine Studio (more of that story below), I had a too personal experience with the recent earthquake in Italy.  This post is dedicated to those in Italy affected by the earthquake. We can all help by donating to relief, but … Continue reading

Etna Rosso: Wine from the Slopes of an Active Volcano #ItalianFWT

The grapes for Etna Rosso wines are grown on the northern slopes of active volcano, Mt. Etna.

Volcanic Wines Erupt on #ItalianFWT This month, our Italian Food Wine & Travel group is exploring the topic of Volcanic Wines from Italy. Cruise down further in this post to see what my fellow Italophiles have posted, and if you see this in time, join our chat. Saturday, Sept. 3 at 10am CDT look for … Continue reading

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