Friday Night: Two Shepherds Centime with Seafood Brochettes

Two Shepherds Centime Skin Fermented Wine

Brief Friday Night Posts I have many more meals, wines, and photos than I can post. The writing is tough for me, maybe it is for everyone. Anyway, I’m going to start posting some brief examples of good food & wine with not much narrative. I hope you enjoy! Before I left work, I asked … Continue reading

Add a Little Sparkle to Your Brunch #WinePW

Glera Frizzante and a brunch omelet

Wine Pairing Weekend Goes to Brunch Our Wine Pairing Weekend May theme is Brunch. I’ve been trying to include more easy recipes in my blog posts recently, so I thought: “Omelet, how hard can that be?” As is often the case,  easy and elegant looks may not be so easy to achieve! If you’d like … Continue reading

Black Magnolia Pinot Noir

BlackMagnolia Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

A New Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Choice I’m a big Pinot Noir fan, and one piece of advice that rings true with the vast majority of Pinot Noirs I’ve tasted is this: It’s very difficult to find high quality Pinot Noir for under $20 For my dollar, your best bet for a high quality Pinot … Continue reading

A Well Stocked Refrigerator or Two

Two Shepherds Grenache Gris

Elevate Your Monday Evening Even on a night when you’re rooting around the refrigerator and freezer for something to put together for dinner, a properly stocked wine refrigerator can elevate the meal. A variety of sparkling, white and rosé wines allow a great pairing with almost anything you can put together!

Exploring Portuguese Dry Red Wines with Pork Ribs

Portugese red wines and barbecue pork ribs

Portugal is More Than Just Port If you’re like me, your knowledge of Portuguese wines includes Vinho Verde and Port, but little else. Based on my enthusiasm for Port, the folks at Wines of Portugal decided I needed to see a few more wines from their country, and they sent me a couple of bottles … Continue reading

Loire Valley Wines Take the Spicy Thai Challenge #Winophiles

Loire Valley wines paired with spicy Thai green curry

#Winophiles Go All Cross-Cultural “What grows together goes together”.  This time-honored advice for wine and food pairing is one we often follow in our regional explorations with our #Winophiles group.  What about all those great dishes from other parts of the world? Especially the ones without wine grapes growing nearby, or even without a wine … Continue reading

French Wine 101 – Loire Valley Wines

Chinon is a beautiful Loire Valley red wine

Wine 101 Series This is one of a series of posts aimed at newcomers to wine with interest but a modest checkbook. Previous Posts Bordeaux, Burgundy & Rhone Affordable Bubbles- Crémant & More Languedoc-Roussillon and Alsace A Few Simple Rules Just the facts, no flowery language Key types of wine from a region Some help in navigating … Continue reading

A Lesson in Wine Costs: Alit Pinot Noir

Alit Pinot Noir represents a new concept in wine sales

Wine Cost Transparency – Should You Care? Have you ever wondered about the costs going into that bottle of wine you’re enjoying? How much of the bottle price was the grapes? How does a $5 wine differ from a $50 wine in terms of actual costs? The cost of the grapes really does matter, in … Continue reading

Nebbiolo Paired With Smoky Mushroom Mac & Cheese

Smoky mushroom mac & cheese paired with two Nebbiolo wines

More Fun With Nebbiolo Here’s another great food pairing and a couple of enjoyable examples of Nebbiolo “beyond the B’s” of Barolo and Barbaresco. The high acidity and tannins in Nebbiolo make it a great partner for rich foods as the two balance each other nicely. Mac & cheese fills the bill nicely, and the … Continue reading

Somewhere between Lodi and Alsace

Alsace view from the Vosges mountains above Ribeauville

  Can Lodi be at Home in Alsace? I visited Alsace last fall, and one of my favorite things was to experience Choucroute Garni in its natural home.  As you drive and hike around the region, you see vineyards of course, but you also see enormous fields full of cabbage, the source of all that … Continue reading

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