Gewürztraminer and Cooking the Cover of Bon Appétit

Cooking the Cover Do you have a favorite cooking magazine? I’ve had subscriptions to several over the years, and I’ve landed on Bon Appétit as my long term favorite. The recipes find that magic balance between something new and different while still being accessible. I can generally find the ingredients and the list is not … Continue reading

Rack of Lamb in the Snow with GD Vajra Barolo

Winter Grilling in Minnesota (or anywhere, really) So many people put the grill away for the winter, but why? Well, there is the dark, and the snow and the cold….. In Minnesota, though, we’d hardly use our grills for more than 3 months and who can tolerate that? I’m fortunate to own a ceramic grill, … Continue reading

Vouvray Pairs with Cream #Winophiles

Loire Valley White Wine Roller Coaster I love white wines from the Loire Valley. There is such variety as you travel from the central vineyards with Sauvignon Blanc, out to the middle Loire for Chenin Blanc, and finally crisp Muscadet as you get out to the coast: perfect for the oysters nearby. There are many … Continue reading

Low and Slow Grilling with Texas Wines #WinePW

Wine Pairing Weekend Group Discovers Texas! Wait, they make wine in Texas? Yes! Thanks to one of our Wine Pairing Weekend members, our group was provided with samples from a variety of Texas wineries, and this month we’ll be blogging about our experiences with the wines and pairing them with a variety of foods. You’ll … Continue reading

Gran Selezione: Pinnacle of the Chianti Classico Ladder? #ItalianFWT

Italian Food Wine & Travel Explores Tuscan Wines of Chianti and Its’ Neighbors Our #ItalianFWT group travels (virtually!) around Italy, blogging on a monthly topic. This month, we’re exploring the wines of Tuscany, including all the versions of Chianti and its’ neighbors. Several in our group received samples of Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico Gran … Continue reading

Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux – Your “Go-To” for the Grill

Cru Bourgeois Wines and the Grill Cru Bourgeois wines from Bordeaux fill a perfect spot at the dinner table when grilled foods are being served. They possess a magical combination of high quality, affordable price (around $20 US for a bottle), age-able but ready to drink on purchase. Whether you’re holding one in your cellar … Continue reading

Invitation to 5th Annual Collaboration #MerlotMe and #WinePW

October Is #MerlotMe Month It’s October, time for autumn leaves and the dreaded pumpkin spice everything. More importantly, it’s time for #MerlotMe! October 2019 marks year 5 for our Wine Pairing Weekend group collaboration with the MerlotMe wineries! Our blogging group will be posting and sharing our love for Merlot all during the month of … Continue reading

The “New” Huîtrerie Régis

Paris for a Day On some trips, we end up with a free day in Paris prior to returning to the states, and we never complain! It’s a chance to see what’s new and to visit some favorite spots. (click on any photo for a full size slideshow) Huîtrerie Régis – One of Our Favorites … Continue reading

Vermilion Valley Vineyards – Is Ohio on Your Wine Radar?

Time to Put Ohio on Your Wine Radar We all know about Napa Valley and California wine. We know about Washington State and Oregon. Some folks know about wine from New York State and Virginia. How about Ohio? Last winter I saw some posts on Facebook by a young winemaker from Ohio, he seemed passionate … Continue reading

Food-Friendly Skin-Fermented Vineti delle Dolomiti #ItalianFWT

Italian Food, Wine & Travel Group Explores Northeast Italy! This month, our #ItalianFWT blogging group is traveling (virtually) around the Dolomites mountains in Northeast Italy. Much less famous than other regions to the south, Northeast Italy has so much to offer. You can link to all the other posts from the group further down in … Continue reading

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