Embrace the Base of the Côtes du Rhône Pyramid #Winophiles

Embracing the Base of the Rhône PyramidThis month, our French Winophiles are back in a favorite region – the Rhône Valley. The Rhone Valley straddles its namesake river and extends 250km from north to south. The northern section of the wine region is much cooler, with a continental climate. The southern section features a warm … Continue reading

Old Vines at Nicolini Ranch: The Movie

Jancis Robinson’s Old Vine Wine Writing CompetitionYou may remember my excited post from earlier this summer. My entry to Jancis Robinson’s 2021 wine writing competition was selected for posting on Jancis’ website. While I didn’t make it into the finals, my goal was to be posted so I consider it a huge success! Here’s a … Continue reading

Obsidian Wine Company’s Adventures Redefine the Tasting Room

Press Release Turns into a VisitThis spring, I received a press release detailing a new approach to winery visits and tasting. My interest was piqued as I did a little research on the winery, Obsidian Wine Co. Since I was headed out to Napa in May for a WSET exam, I contacted the PR person … Continue reading

Our Südtirol – Alto Adige Gewürztraminer Surprise

Our Gewürztraminer SurpriseThis post started out as a normal “pairing wines with dinner” until it was hijacked by this Gewürztraminer at the firepit on a late summers evening. Intrigued? Read on. I love wines from the Südtirol – Alto Adige region of Italy. Nestled up into the lower slopes of the Dolomite mountains, the wines … Continue reading

Valencia Inspires Our First Paella #WorldWineTravel

Maps courtesy of Vineyards.com World Wine Travel Writers Explore Valencia and MurciaThis month, we travel virtually to the sunny Mediterranean coast of Spain, to the wine regions of Valencia and Murcia. Valencia is the historic home of paella, though that dish has grown to be a hallmark for the entire country. The wines are less … Continue reading

My Article on JancisRobinson.com!

Among wine enthusiasts, Jancis Robinson is household name. Awarded the Master of Wine title in 1984, she is author or co-author of several classic wine reference texts used by wine students worldwide including Wine Grapes, Oxford Companion to Wine, World Atlas of Wine. Her website, JancisRobinson.com offers both free and subscription based content for readers … Continue reading

The Jura Beyond Vin Jaune #Winophiles

French Winophiles Return to the JuraThis month, our French Wine Fans are circling back to the Jura. It’s been a while, the last time we featured this region was in 2016. This tiny region is located just east of Bourgogne (Burgundy) leading to the foothills of the Alps. Take a look farther down this post … Continue reading

A Clay-Made Dinner: Ceramic Grill and Amphora Wine #WinePW

August Wine Pairing Weekend: Amphora WinesThis month, our Wine Pairing Weekend writers and cooks are exploring foods paired with wines from amphora. Take a look farther down in this post for links to lots of good cooking ideas and wines to match! My post combines an amphora wine with a meal cooked on my ceramic … Continue reading

Franciacorta is Lombardia’s Challenge to Champagne #ItalianFWT

Italian Food, Wine and Travel Writers Explore Lombardia (virtually)This month, our Italian wine writers are highlighting the many wines from Lombardia, in north central Italy. Bordered to the north by the Italian Alps and featuring the well known lakes, the region is rich with wines. Many, however, are less well known. Take a look farther … Continue reading

Lombardia Preview #ItalianFWT

Italian Food, Wine and Travel Writers to Explore Lombardia (Lombardy)Lombardia is the Italian home of fashion in Milan, beautiful lakes country with Lakes Como, Lugano, Maggiore. It’s also the home of a wide variety of wines, which is the central focus of our group! In August, we’ll all pick some wines from Lombardia to feature … Continue reading

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