Trying Out the America’s Test Kitchen Modern Bistro Cookbook

America’s Test Kitchen “Modern Bistro” CookbookI recently accepted a sample of the new America’s Test Kitchen “Modern Bistro” Cookbook for review purposes. This was an easy “yes” because: There was just one problem: We were soon leaving for an extended trip to France. The PR person got the book in my hands in a few … Continue reading

Explore Languedoc Wines with the French #Winophiles

Winophiles Search for Low Intervention, Organic, Biodynamic Wines from LanguedocThis month, our French Winophiles will be reporting on our findings after researching Languedoc Wines, a region we have virtually visited a number of times( 2019, 2018, 2015). This time, however, we will focus on wineries who are working to leave a smaller chemical footprint in … Continue reading

Celebrate French Women in Wine: Anne-Sophie Dubois #Winophiles

French Winophiles Celebrate Women in WineMarch is Women’s History Month, with March 8 being International Women’s Day, so our French Winophiles are dedicating our March posts to French Women in Wine. Join us this month as we celebrate French Women involved in our favorite beverage. Take a look further down in this post for links … 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

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

Testing Out the Vital Choice Seafood Grill Box

Vital Choice Wild Seafood and OrganicsRecently, the folks at Vital Choice Wild Seafood and Organics contacted me to see if I’d like to try out their seafood grilling pack. Given my love of both seafood and the grill, this was an easy yes! A few days later the box arrived, perfectly frozen and ready to … Continue reading

Basque Country Means Pintxos and Txakolina #WorldWineTravel

World Wine Travel Group Basque DiscoveriesIn our continuing virtual trip around Spain, our #WorldWineTravel group is learning about Basque Country this month. This region in the northeast of Spain is highly influenced by the Atlantic ocean and experiences a moderate, maritime climate. The wines have a freshness and acidity which has brought them into popular … Continue reading

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

Moving Closer to “All Are Welcome Here” in Wine

All Are Welcome Here In all walks of life, opportunities are needed for people who perhaps don’t look like “us”. Recently, the wine community has started to face the unflattering fact that we are not as diverse as we need to be. One of the big things to help is for businesses to create opportunities … Continue reading

Pantry/Freezer Spaghetti with Unti Sangiovese

Pantry/Freezer Spaghetti with Unti Vineyards Sangiovese In keeping with the spirit of #stayhome, I’m sharing some easy recipes which hopefully won’t require a separate trip to the grocery, or at least can be accommodated in your once a week trip. In cooler weather, spaghetti is one of our easy weeknight meals. Julie is especially fond … Continue reading

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