Explore the Wines of Montefalco

Montefalco in Umbria The Umbria region is inland from the more famous Tuscany. Known as the “Green Heart of Italy”, Umbria is a prolific producer of many food products including grains, olives, porcini mushrooms and black truffles. Montefalco in Umbria is best known for Sagrantino, an intensely tannic red wine. But Montefalco is much more … Continue reading

Enjoy Affordable Left Bank Bordeaux With Your Steak

Bordeaux is Expensive, Right? Many wine drinkers know that top Bordeaux wines are expensive. In 1855 Napoleon asked wine regions to classify their top wines. Bordeaux selected their Grand Cru Classé wines, with 5 wineries named to Premier Grand Cru Classé. These were the most famous and expensive wines of their day. Château Lafite Rothschild … Continue reading

Looking Beyond Biodynamic Certification at Cantina di Filippo #ItalianFWT

Italian Food, Wine and Travel Writers Explore More Sustainable Viticulture This month, our Italian Wine, Food and Travel group is researching sustainable approaches to winemaking in Italy. Our investigation started as a look into biodynamics, but it turns out that can be a bit problematic. Why? Because certification isn’t right in every situation. The real … Continue reading

Anteprima Sagrantino

Or: How I tasted 45 of the Most Tannic Wines and Lived to Tell the Tale After hosting our recent Italian Food, Wine & Travel group’s foray into Sagrantino, I received a surprise invitation to attend Anteprima Sagrantino. This annual press event celebrates the release of young Montefalco Sagrantino wines in Montefalco, Umbria. The local … Continue reading

Party Guaranteed: Pulled Pork and Argentine Wine #WinePW

Smoke a Pork Shoulder for the Family Want a sure-fire crowd pleaser? Learn how to smoke a pork shoulder (pork butt) for pulled pork sandwiches. Your barbecue skills will become legend. And, (shhh….) it’s easy! Details at the bottom of this post. Wine Pairing Weekend “Visits” Argentina January and February 2019 take our Wine Pairing … Continue reading

Travel (Virtually) to Argentina with Wine Pairing Weekend #WinePW

Argentina Welcomes (Virtually) the Wine Pairing Weekend Bloggers Winter 2019 brings our blogging group on a virtual tour of South America. In January, we visit Argentina, and in February, we’ll be posting on Uruguay and Chile. We’ll enjoy the warm weather, even if it is only through our vivid imaginations! What is your impression of … Continue reading

A Safe Way, an Expert Way and a FUN Way to open a Bottle of Sparkling Wine

Open That Sparkling Wine With Confidence Opening a bottle of sparkling wine makes lots of people a bit nervous. Even wine enthusiasts are nervous when they hear about sabering, wondering if they should try. It’s not so hard, really!  Let’s go through a few basics on all the ways to open a bottle of sparkling … Continue reading

Sparkling Wine 101 – Bubbly for Every Budget

Sparkling Wine 101 The holidays are upon us, and we have lots of opportunities to celebrate with family and friends. What better time to have plenty of sparkling wine on hand. No matter your budget, there is a delicious sparkling wine for you; read on! (It’s rare to find something worthwhile for less than $10. … Continue reading

Harney Lane – When Big Flavors Need Big Wines

Tender Minnesota Palates Sometimes Call for Big Flavors For my personal tastes, I tend toward elegance, subtle flavors. I’m an old world (approach) wine lover first and foremost. I don’t cook a lot of super spicy foods, or big 3 layer hamburgers with cheese and chili and bacon and and and….. HOWEVER, I do love … Continue reading

50 Shades of Kabinett Riesling #WinePW

Wine Pairing Weekend Group (virtually) Visits Germany Join our #WinePW group this month as we take a virtual visit to Germany. Thanks to the generosity of Winesellers, many of our group received samples of German wines for our posts. Let’s dig in to German wines and foods that pair with them. Take a look further … Continue reading

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