Tannat Day with Uruguay Wine

Celebrate #TannatDay with Uruguay WinesIn the US, we’re well acquainted with wines from Chile and Argentina, but Uruguay is probably less familiar. Let’s change that! Next time you’re visiting a wine shop, ask if they have any wines from Uruguay and if they do give them a try. Uruguay and WineLocated in South America south … Continue reading

Under the Radar in Croatia with Franc Arman Teran #WinePW

Under the Radar in Europe with Wine Pairing WeekendThis month, our Wine Pairing Weekend group is exploring under-the-radar wine regions in Europe. Wines from classic regions like France and Italy are well understood by many wine drinkers, but Georgia? Romania? Moldova? Take a look further down in this post to a whole list of links … Continue reading

Willamette Valley Wines – Affordable Oregon with Union Wine Co.

Union Wine CompanyThe mission at Union Wine Company is to show that Oregon wines can be both affordable and high quality. We recently had the opportunity to sample a variety of their wines to see for ourselves how successful they have been. We also tried to look into a few details as to how they … Continue reading

A Different Take on Castilla y León #WorldWineTravel

World Wine Travel Visits Castilla y LeónMarch brings our group to the Castilla y León region of Spain. Not quite as well known as Rioja, but well established wine regions include Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Toro, and Bierzo. Our group will have lots to explore! I’ll be taking a slightly different tack, looking for winemakers … Continue reading

A Reluctant Look at French Grapes Outside of France #Winophiles

My French Grapes Outside of France Rant Our French Winophiles are exploring French Grapes outside of France this month. I was fully prepared to just skip this month as I’m firmly in the camp of “Does the world really need ANOTHER source of Cabernet Sauvignon?” The “big six” French grapes – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, … Continue reading

Italian Grapes from Unti Vineyards at the Winter Grill #ItalianFWT

Italian Grapes Go International with #ItalianFWT This month, our Italian Food, Wine and Travel bloggers are leaving Italy (gasp!) in search of Italian grapes that have emigrated. French grapes have become quite international, perhaps even forgetting their origin; but Italian grapes? We don’t often see them outside Italy.  To see what my fellow ItalianFWT bloggers … Continue reading

Exploring the Variety of Still Wines from Catalunya #WorldWineTravel

World Wine Travel Group Invades Catalunya – Virtually Our new World Wine Travel Group is continuing our year-long adventure (virtually) in Spain with a stop in Catalunya.  Catalunya is in the Northeast corner of Spain and is best known for Barcelona.  In the wine world, Catalunya offers a wealth of regions and styles.  My fellow … Continue reading

Provençal Memories and Mas de Gourgonnier Rouge #Winophiles

Winophiles Dream of Red Wines from ProvenceOur French Winophiles are spending February imagining our selves enjoying a glass of red wine in Provence, sigh…  Come along with our group and look back and ahead to trips to Provence and a wonderful glass of wine.  Skip down to the bottom of this post for links to … Continue reading

Hunter’s Style Chicken and Cantina di Filippo #ItalianFWT

Italian Food Wine & Travel Does Comfort Food February Our Italian Food, Wine and Travel group is highlighting our favorite wintertime comfort foods: braised meats and stews. We typically think of beef or pork for these dishes. Do we think of chicken, why not? Chicken can figure into delicious slow cooked meals with the best … Continue reading

Pair the Wine to the Diner with L’Ecole No.41

Lose the Preconceived Notions for Wine Pairing Does red wine always go with steak, white wine with fish?  What if you don’t like red wine? Oloroso Sherry is the best pairing for barbecued ribs with a sweet/spicy sauce, but have I ever been able to get ANYONE to even try it? Nope. Back when I … Continue reading

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