Holiday Gift Idea: Plonk Wine Club!

Plonk wine club wines

A Gift for the Wine Enthusiast on Your List Do you have a wine enthusiast on your holiday gift list?  Need an easy, fun idea? How about a wine club subscription! Now, buyer beware, wine clubs are everywhere these days. Food and Wine Magazine, Wall Street Journal (a sure source of wine information??????), everyone has … Continue reading

5 Rules for Thanksgiving Wines

Wine Pairing Rules for Thanksgiving It’s not about the wine, it’s about family and friends. Choose wines your family will like It’s an American holiday, so consider going American in your wine choices Even though it’s not about the wine, bring really good wines. You never know who’s interest you might spark Choose wines with … Continue reading

Tasting the Beaujolais Pyramid at Dinner #Winophiles

A variety of Cru Beaujolais wines

French #Winophiles Take on Beaujolais Beyond Nouveau This is the time of year when Nouveau Beaujolais bursts onto the market. Met with both excitement (PARTY!) and dread (not another Nouveau release, yuck). This year, the French Winophiles teamed up with some generous Beaujolais Vignerons to offer some wonderful Beaujolais choices beyond Nouveau. Take a look … Continue reading

Explore the Range of Beaujolais with the #Winophiles

More Than Nouveau Nouveau Beaujolais is a marketing triumph; of sorts.  A celebration of the new vintage, the wines are super fresh and what fun to celebrate with a party on the third Thursday of November. This might be the original #WineDay! Only one problem: people around the world mistakenly think that Nouveau Beaujolais is … Continue reading

Sonoma and Napa are Open for Business! #WBC17

Sonoma vineyard in the fall

It’s Been a While It’s been a few years since I’ve been out to Sonoma and Napa, so when the venue for the 2017 Wine Blogger’s Conference was announced (Santa Rosa) I signed up right away! The conference days are super-busy, so I extended my trip to do a little pre-conference wine touring on my … Continue reading

Exploring Chianti Rùfina with Marchesi Gondi #ItalianFWT

“Waiter, the Black Chicken is Missing from my Bottle of Chianti!” I’m guilty.  While I know the Chianti region has multiple sub-regions named for the nearby towns, I always just pick up the Chianti Classico (the symbol is actually a black rooster on the neck of the bottle), assuming it will automatically be of higher … Continue reading

French Wine and Cheese for the Holidays

French wines and cheeses

French Wine and Cheese for the Holidays As the holidays approach, we all find ourselves with lots of opportunities to host family and friends. In the colder weather we can break out the richer cheeses and more robust wines for that all important gathering time before the meal, or just for the afternoon visit! In … Continue reading

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