French Wine 101 – Languedoc-Roussillon and Alsace

Languedoc-Roussillon reds are great for winter meals, and Alsace whites go well with pork anytime of the year

Wine 101 Series This is one of a series of posts aimed at newcomers to wine with interest but a modest checkbook. Previous Posts Bordeaux, Burgundy & Rhone Affordable Bubbles- Crémant & More A Few Simple Rules Just the facts, no flowery language Key types of wine from a region Some help in navigating the wine … Continue reading

Aromatic Fish and a Corsican – French #Winophiles

Aromatic fish and a white Corsican!

OK so it’s not really aromatic fish, the herb infused oil is aromatic. And the Corsican isn’t a gangster, it’s a bottle of wine. But here you are, so you might as well read on! Winophiles Set Sail for Corsica Our French #Winophiles group has virtually washed up on the shore in Corsica. As a … Continue reading

Nebbiolo Paired With Smoky Mushroom Mac & Cheese

Smoky mushroom mac & cheese paired with two Nebbiolo wines

More Fun With Nebbiolo Here’s another great food pairing and a couple of enjoyable examples of Nebbiolo “beyond the B’s” of Barolo and Barbaresco. The high acidity and tannins in Nebbiolo make it a great partner for rich foods as the two balance each other nicely. Mac & cheese fills the bill nicely, and the … Continue reading

Blue Valentine – An Alternative Sweet Pairing

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Have a Blue Valentine Break out of that chocolate and Cabernet thing that so many people are talking about these days. Try a different approach to your Valentine sweets! A smooth, rich blue cheese and a fortified wine in the style of port are a perfect sweet finish to a romantic meal. Gorgonzola Dolce After … Continue reading

Somewhere between Lodi and Alsace

Alsace view from the Vosges mountains above Ribeauville

  Can Lodi be at Home in Alsace? I visited Alsace last fall, and one of my favorite things was to experience Choucroute Garni in its natural home.  As you drive and hike around the region, you see vineyards of course, but you also see enormous fields full of cabbage, the source of all that … Continue reading

Nebbiolo Paired With Onion Smoked Brisket

Smoked Brisket served with two Nebbiolo wines

Braised Meat and Nebbiolo – a Classic Pairing Braised meats are a classic cool weather pairing with Nebbiolo, so a braised dish was a clear choice to kick off our Nebbiolo pairing round-up. Today, we adjusted a brisket recipe for a smoking trial on the Primo Ceramic grill. Verdict: winner on all counts. Nebbiolo #1 … Continue reading

Going To Bordeaux!

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My sincere thanks to all of you who voted for me. I won in my category, so I’ll be joining 5 other bloggers for an amazing week in Bordeaux during the “2016 En Primeur” week in early April! Look out for lots of posts about our week in this classic wine region! Save

Nebbiolo Grows On My Desert Island #ItalianFWT

A big wine with a modest color

Nebbiolo Beyond The Famous King & Queen Our Italian Food Wine and Travel group is dedicating this month to the Nebbiolo grape, but with a twist. We’re exploring versions outside of the most famous Barolo and Barbaresco. These lesser known brethren deserve a month of their own! Scan down to the bottom of this post … Continue reading

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