Picpoul de Pinet and Steak Tartare Redemption #Winophiles

Picpoul de Pinet paired with steak tartare

Winophiles Sample the “Lip-Stinger” of the Languedoc Picpoul is a white wine grape best known for crisp, refreshing high acidity white wine. Picpoul de Pinet is the best known region for producing the wine, and it’s located very close to the Mediterranean sea in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in Southwest France. Perfect for sipping by the … Continue reading

A Wine Pairing Lesson with Verdicchio #ItalianFWT

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Learn Verdicchio with the Italian Food Wine & Travel Group April brings warm weather and our Italian wine loving group is itching to get back into Italian white wines, so Verdicchio is our theme for the month. I must admit, I too often lean on Italian reds. I have a good mental picture for how … Continue reading

Tasting the Winemaking Consultant’s “Home” Wine

What Kind of Wine Do Consultants Make at Home? In the world of wine, there are winemakers whose expertise is respected to the point that they are searched out for advice, and often end up building a business around their approach. Each has a unique approach. For some, rich, ripe, smooth polished international style of … Continue reading

Not Your Grandmother’s Easter Dinner

Break the Easter Rules Easter Dinner has rules. Thou shalt serve either ham or lamb. No other dishes may be substituted. Well, I’m not all that fond of ham (it’s ok, just not my favorite) and Julie definitely will not eat lamb. So we go rogue at Easter, join us! Celebrate Spring with Fresh Vibrant … Continue reading

Troon Malbec with Slow Roasted Rack of Lamb

Applegate Valley, Where? Most wine enthusiasts know Oregon is the home of the Willamette Valley. They may be familiar with Walla Walla. They may even have heard of the Rogue Valley. But Applegate? Where the heck is Applegate Valley? As you can see on the map above, the Applegate Valley is in the far southwest … Continue reading

iOTA Cellars Chardonnay with Shrimp and Pea Risotto Milanese

iOTA Cellars Chardonnay with Shrimp and Pea Risotto Milanese at www.foodwineclick.com

Not Just Pinot Noir Our friends at iOTA Cellars started out in the Eola-Amity Hills area of the Willamette Valley with Pinot Noir from their Pelos-Sandberg Vineyard. Over time, they decided to add Chardonnay vines to their estate plantings, and while they wait for their estate vines to mature enough to produce wine, they purchased … Continue reading

Aglianico Battle between Campania and Basilicata #ItalianFWT

The Aglianico Battle In our past Italian Food Wine & Travel (#ItalianFWT) explorations, I’ve sampled Aglianico based wines from both Basilicata and Campania, two regions in Southern Italy. I was curious to try the wines “head to head” to find similarities and differences. Could I declare a winner? Read on! Our Italian FWT group is … Continue reading

Aglianico Preview for Italian Food, Wine and Travel #ItalianFWT

Mastroberardino "Radici" Taurasi Riserva and Vini Alois "Campole" Aglianico

Italian Food, Wine & Travel Group Explores Aglianico #ItalianFWT Join the Italian Food, Wine & Travel Group as we dive deep into wines made from the Aglianico grape. This Saturday March 3, our posts will all be live and we’ll be chatting about our discoveries. Join us on Twitter Saturday March 3 at 10am CST … Continue reading

Markus Wine Company Reds with a Slow Smoked Ribeye Roast

Markus Wine Company I first met Markus Niggli at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference. Fittingly, we were out walking in a vineyard and struck up a conversation. I was very impressed with his “not your typical Lodi white wines”.  Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to try several of his white wines. They were … Continue reading

French Wines for ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ Valentines #Winophiles

Winophiles Celebrate L’Amour with French Wines Valentines Day ensures we all think of February as the month we associate with love, l’amour! Coincident with theme of l’amour, many in our French Winophiles group received a number of samples to use in our posts this month. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a … Continue reading

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