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

Blogging through the Corona Virus Pandemic

Covid-19, Stay at Home, and Extra Free Time The situation with the Covid-19 outbreak is a serious one, indeed. Like many around the world, we are staying home and doing our best to be safe and keep others safe as well. One unexpected outcome is that people seem to have a renewed interest in cooking. … Continue reading

Awards Time! Shortlisted for Born Digital Wine Awards

Born Digital Wine Awards There are lots of lists of best wine blogs, but only a few are actual competitions with juries. I always make a point to enter these awards competitions as I like to see if my writing and imagery stacks up. I’m pleased to report that once again, it does! I’m shortlisted … Continue reading

Picturing California on the Plate and in the Glass #WinePW

Wine Pairing Weekend Does the California Thing California is the theme for our March session with the Wine Pairing Weekend bloggers. We’re all pairing foods from a California cookbook with a suggestion of Gaby Dalkin’s “What’s Gaby Cooking”, alongside California wines. In Minnesota, it’s not exactly California weather yet, so we’re taking the opportunity to … Continue reading

Italian Women in Wine – Cantina Marilina #ItalianFWT

Italian Food, Wine & Travel Bloggers Celebrate Italian Wine Women Our session this month is celebrating the many wineries with women in leadership positions, either in the vineyard, the winery or the business office (or all three in some cases). Scroll down further in this post for 14 more great ideas for women-led Italian wineries! … Continue reading

Bon Appetit Healthyish Chicken Meatballs with Berne Inspiration Provençal Rosé

Rosé in the Winter Are you a rosé all year person? We love drinking rosé all summer long here in Minnesota, but we typically finish the rosé by Labor Day. As the weather turns colder, we break out the big red wines that have been biding their time since the spring. Still, we enjoy an … Continue reading

Aligoté Emerging from the Shadows #Winophiles

French #Winophiles Highlight God Forsaken, Forgotten, Under-the-Radar Grapes This month, our French Winophiles are looking under the rug and in the closet for those forgotten, ignored, or neglected French grapes. Take a look at our findings by scrolling down in this post for a whole list of links to some great finds. If the subject … Continue reading

Warm Up by the Fireplace with Raclette and Vins de Savoie #winepw

Imaginary Trip to the French Alps Oh to spend some time skiing/snowboarding in the French Alps, drinking Vin de Savoie every evening! Full disclosure: we have not been skiing/snowboarding in the French Alps.  We are Park City Utah ski/snowboard rats. However, the sentiment is the same.  When you come in from a day outdoors, you … Continue reading

The Italian Wine Cooperative Surprise #ItalianFWT

Italian Food, Wine & Travel Group Discovers Italian Wine Cooperatives This month, our group of Italy fans is exploring the wine cooperatives of Italy.  Virtually every course, text, or article on cooperatives stresses how they produce just average wines. The growers are paid by the ton for their grapes, so there is no incentive to … Continue reading

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

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