Exploring Chianti Rùfina with Marchesi Gondi #ItalianFWT

“Waiter, the Black Chicken is Missing from my Bottle of Chianti!” I’m guilty.  While I know the Chianti region has multiple sub-regions named for the nearby towns, I always just pick up the Chianti Classico (the symbol is actually a black rooster on the neck of the bottle), assuming it will automatically be of higher … Continue reading

French Wine and Cheese for the Holidays

French wines and cheeses

French Wine and Cheese for the Holidays As the holidays approach, we all find ourselves with lots of opportunities to host family and friends. In the colder weather we can break out the richer cheeses and more robust wines for that all important gathering time before the meal, or just for the afternoon visit! In … Continue reading

Port Wine Paired with Pilfered Halloween Candy!

Port wines paired with stolen halloween candy

A New Halloween Tradition: Steal This Candy It’s a new thing: adults purchase a nice bottle of Port to enjoy with Halloween candy stolen from their children’s haul. No kidding, they’ll never miss a Butterfinger or two! And, one of the major advantages of Port: you can enjoy it over a few weeks with small … Continue reading

Smoked Lamb Shanks & Grgich Hills Estate Merlot #MerlotMe

Grgich Hills Estate Merlot at the Primo ceramic grill

#MerlotMe Continues October Sundays are perfect for low and slow smoking at the grill, and with Julie out of town, lamb was the order of the day. Savory and smoky, lamb shanks seemed like a good fit for a nice Merlot. Our #MerlotMe celebration continues! Grgich Hills Estate Grgich Hills Estate is an important Napa … Continue reading

Foradori Wines and a Duck Press in Minneapolis

Foradori Wines Visit Minneapolis I’m a big fan of Foradori wines, artisan made wines featuring native grapes from the Trentino-Alto Adige Region of Northeast Italy. The best known personality at Foradori is Elisabetta Foradori, although today it is a full family operation with her adult children Theo, Myrtha and Emilio. This week, I had the … Continue reading

While the Cat’s Away the Mouse will Play #MerlotMe

lamb chops on a Primo ceramic grill

Cat’s Away, Mouse Will Play It’s not what you think! Julie is away for the week on a women’s business school reunion trip to Chile. Does this mean shenanigans back at home? No, but it does mean a week of enjoying forbidden foods: lamb, rabbit, eggplant, more lamb, go! Julie took off on Thursday afternoon; … Continue reading

One Stop French Wine and Cheese Party: Whole Foods Market #MadeinFrance

A beautiful wine and cheese spread

French Wine and Cheese with the #Winophiles and Whole Foods Our French Winophiles group needs no encouragement to celebrate French wines and foods. We do it every month! When the opportunity arose to collaborate with Whole Foods Market and the wines and cheeses of France, we jumped at the chance. The wines and cheeses in … Continue reading

Up Your French Wine & Cheese Game With Whole Foods & the French #Winophiles

Whole Foods French Wines

Let Us Reduce Your Confusion When you approach a well stocked cheese counter, are you filled with excitement or dread? And when it comes to French wine, why can’t they just name them by the grape and be done?? October French Wine and Cheese at Whole Foods During the entire month of October, Whole Foods … Continue reading

Chianti on a Weeknight

Everyday Meals Deserve a Nice Bottle of Wine Your everyday meals deserve a nice bottle of wine! Looking at my blog posts, you might believe every meal is from scratch – not so! On busy weeknights, we take lots of shortcuts. Tacos from a kit? Yep. Spaghetti sauce from a jar? You betcha! We do … Continue reading

Old World Wines Love a New World Party

Old World Wines Love a Summer Partuy

Summer is NOT Over! Even in Minnesota, we have a few weeks of good weather left. It’s not too late to enjoy the patio with friends. While you might think Old World wines are serious and not the place for a casual get together, you’d be wrong. Old World wines love a party.   Saber … Continue reading

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