For Rhone Wine Diversity Look Across the Street #Winophiles

January 2023 Searching for Diversity in the Rhone ValleyThis month our Winophiles writers are highlighting some Rhone wines which are a bit different from the usual suspects: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône, Hermitage. Percentages vary, but one recent accounting of Rhone valley wines highlighted 80% red, 15% rosé and less than 6% white. So for diversity, … Continue reading

French Onion Soup with Manzanilla Sherry

Sherry IntroIf you’ve never tried sherry, you’re not alone. Are you curious or looking for something new? Now is a great time to give sherry a try! Sherry wines range from bone dry to lusciously sweet. Even though most sherries start as a pale white wine made from the Palomino grape, they diverge greatly due … Continue reading

Hidden Champagne: The Côte des Bar #Winophiles

December is Champagne-TimeDecember is a time for celebration and many take the opportunity to open a bottle of Champagne. The French Winophiles are similarly inclined, though they may also open some Champagne on birthdays, minor holidays, #ChampagneDay or a Tuesday! This month, our writers are sharing some new ideas for you to try in your … Continue reading

Rufina: One Straw in the Chianti Haystack #ItalianFWT

Italian FWT Chianti CavalcadeThis month, our Italian Food Wine and Travel writers will be celebrating different aspects of Chianti. Chianti is a familiar Italian wine to drinkers around the world, but there is so much to explore! Scroll down in this post for a list of links to all the writers contributions. Chianti Classifications – … Continue reading

Wine Harvester’s Chicken and Côte Roannaise

A Keeper Recipe and a Wine DiscoveryThis dinner wasn’t intended for a blog post, but the dish is so good, it needs to be shared and remembered. Peter brought a wine to enjoy with dinner and that led to discovery of a wine region I was not previously aquainted with, Loire Volcanique. Here you go, … Continue reading

Preview to 8th Annual #WinePW and #MerlotMe Celebration

Wine Pairing Weekend Writers Wax Eloquent on the Joys of MerlotOur Wine Pairing Weekend writers have been singing the praises of Merlot in collaboration with the #MerlotMe producers every October for the last seven years. Our writers look forward to October each year more for Merlot than pumpkin spice, though it might be close for some. What’s … Continue reading

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

Paella on the Grill and a Texas Rosé Surprise!

Texas Wines for SummerEarlier this summer, a wine writer friend sent an invitation to try some Texas Hill Country wines aimed at summer enjoyment. It’s been some time since I have tried a Texas wine, so I happily agreed to try a few. Even though Minnesota is nearing the end of summer, there’s lots of … Continue reading

A Lighter Hand in Languedoc #Winophiles

French Winophiles Search for Sustainable / Organic Languedoc WinesThis month, our French Winophiles accepted the assignment to find sustainable / organic / biodynamic wines from the Languedoc region of France. Finding wines from lesser known regions can be a challenge, so we are welcoming any posts featuring Languedoc wines, but we are hoping our writers … Continue reading

In Praise of Older Rosé

The Immediacy of RoséTradition tells us to drink rosé young, within a year of its’ listed vintage. This is compounded by many rosés being bottled in clear glass to show off that beautiful color. As we get to the end of the summer, what’s a drinker to do? Do you need to finish all your … Continue reading

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