#NWTW: Argentine Malbec

New Wine This Week My buddies over at Please Bring Me My Wine and Confessions of a Wine Geek are running a year long project of a New Wine This Week.  Over on Twitter, you can  search on #NWTW and see what’s up. #NWTW Week 37: Argentine Malbec I like Argentine Malbec as a “fireplace … Continue reading

#NWTW: Assyrtiko from Greece

Ready for Something New? We’ve been away for a few weeks with vacation and vacation recovery, so I was glad to be able to re-join the weekly exploration of something new with my London friends at #NWTW.  The wine this week is Assyrtiko from Greece.  Assyrtiko is new for me, have you had it before? … Continue reading

Garlic Ramp Pesto on Fettucine with #NWTW Viognier

viognier shrimp calamari garlic ramp pesto fettucine

The #NewWineThisWeek assignment was Viognier from France.  I spent some quality time with a variety of Viogniers this winter, so I didn’t feel a strong pull to participate this week.  Along came Saturday, and I just couldn’t resist.  I stopped by a local wine shop and picked up a $9 Viognier from the southern Rhone.  … Continue reading

#NWTW: Zinfandel with BBQ Chicken

Bedrock zinfandel chicken barbecue bbq

#NWTW: Zinfandel #NWTW (New Wine This Week) is fun, but it does involve working on a deadline.  If I don’t finish by Sunday evening, I’m out of luck until the next wine and the next week!  This week: Zinfandel.  It isn’t new to many American households, but I’ll happily share my experience with my buds … Continue reading

#NWTW: Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Try Something New! #NWTW will definitely force you out of your rut, whatever it might be.  I had pretty much given up on Australian wines, feeling they were all too ripe and too oaky.  Just not my style.  Wrong! This week’s assignment was to find a Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra (Australia).  Wine from Coonawarra seems … Continue reading

#NWTW Falanghina with Calamari & Shrimp Salad

Minnesota Spring is so short-lived.  We seem to linger, locked in winter through April and suddenly it’s 80 degrees.  Maybe that’s why we jump to spring-like meals at the first hint that winter has lost its grip!  We had 6 inches of new snow overnight, and by the afternoon, a combination of snowplows and warm … Continue reading

#NWTW: French Sparkling, NOT Champagne

#NWTW: French Non-Champagne Sparkling Wine The #NWTW wine of the week this week is sparkling wine from France, but not Champagne.  For much of France, the wines are labeled “Crémant”, but this doesn’t apply exclusively.  As long as it was made in the same method as Champagne (Methode Champenoise or Methode Traditionnelle), we would be … Continue reading

#NWTW: Touriga Nacional

New Wine This Week: Touriga Nacional This is week 6 in #NewWineThisWeek, a fun ongoing social media event open to all.  All you need to do is find out what the wine of the week is, try it, and tweet or vote.  Join up! The new wine this week is Touriga Nacional, a major grape … Continue reading

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