Explore Beaujolais Beyond Nouveau With the French #Winophiles

Beaujolais is So Much More than Nouveau! Nouveau Beaujolais, that joyous “fresh from this year’s harvest” wine released worldwide the third Thursday in November has been a great marketing tool, bringing an awareness of the wine and the fun worldwide. Unfortunately, too many customers think Beaujolais is only a new wine, meant to be drunk … Continue reading

Port Wine Paired with Pilfered Halloween Candy!

Port wines paired with stolen halloween candy

A New Halloween Tradition: Steal This Candy It’s a new thing: adults purchase a nice bottle of Port to enjoy with Halloween candy stolen from their children’s haul. No kidding, they’ll never miss a Butterfinger or two! And, one of the major advantages of Port: you can enjoy it over a few weeks with small … Continue reading

Smoked Lamb Shanks & Grgich Hills Estate Merlot #MerlotMe

Grgich Hills Estate Merlot at the Primo ceramic grill

#MerlotMe Continues October Sundays are perfect for low and slow smoking at the grill, and with Julie out of town, lamb was the order of the day. Savory and smoky, lamb shanks seemed like a good fit for a nice Merlot. Our #MerlotMe celebration continues! Grgich Hills Estate Grgich Hills Estate is an important Napa … Continue reading

Foradori Wines and a Duck Press in Minneapolis

Foradori Wines Visit Minneapolis I’m a big fan of Foradori wines, artisan made wines featuring native grapes from the Trentino-Alto Adige Region of Northeast Italy. The best known personality at Foradori is Elisabetta Foradori, although today it is a full family operation with her adult children Theo, Myrtha and Emilio. This week, I had the … Continue reading

While the Cat’s Away the Mouse will Play #MerlotMe

lamb chops on a Primo ceramic grill

Cat’s Away, Mouse Will Play It’s not what you think! Julie is away for the week on a women’s business school reunion trip to Chile. Does this mean shenanigans back at home? No, but it does mean a week of enjoying forbidden foods: lamb, rabbit, eggplant, more lamb, go! Julie took off on Thursday afternoon; … Continue reading

Grill Braised Brisket with Duckhorn Merlot #MerlotMe #WinePW

Grill braised brisket with Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot

For October, It’s Merlot Pairing Weekend For the third year, our Wine Pairing Weekend clan has been happily hijacked into a month-long celebration of the Merlot grape in collaboration with the #MerlotMe group of wineries. Take a look at what our group has cooked up farther down in this post. If you see this early … Continue reading

2017 #MerlotMe Preview #WinePW

Merlot wines for #MerlotMe

Wine Pairing Weekend Group Returns to the Merlot Bandwagon for Year Three! Our Wine Pairing Weekend blogging group (#WinePW on twitter) takes on a monthly wine pairing experiment/challenge. Most of the time, we are looking for a new challenge. However, we have had a ton of fun collaborating with the #MerlotMe group of wineries for … Continue reading

Rolling the Dice on a 1979 Chianti Rufina #ItalianFWT

Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 1979 and 2011

Chianti Extravaganza with #ItalianFWT This month our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group is digging deep into Chianti. Everyone knows about Chianti, but there is so much more to learn, even for enthusiasts. We hope you enjoy our exploration. Take a look further down in this post to find a dozen different takes on Chianti, … Continue reading

Chianti Extravaganza with the Italian Food Wine & Travel Group #ItalianFWT

Coltibuono Chianti Classico

Chianti in All It’s Variations So you think you know Chianti. It’s that cheap red wine in a wicker-enclosed bottle, right? As the best known wine from Italy, Chianti has certainly seen its’ ups and downs. Join the Italian Food, Wine & Travel fans to take your Chianti knowledge to the next step. Straw bottles? … Continue reading

One Stop French Wine and Cheese Party: Whole Foods Market #MadeinFrance

A beautiful wine and cheese spread

French Wine and Cheese with the #Winophiles and Whole Foods Our French Winophiles group needs no encouragement to celebrate French wines and foods. We do it every month! When the opportunity arose to collaborate with Whole Foods Market and the wines and cheeses of France, we jumped at the chance. The wines and cheeses in … Continue reading