Avina Wine Tools

Avina wine tools

I recently received two corkscrews as samples for review from Avina Wine Tools. Avina makes a variety of wine openers and a unique bottle stopper. When it comes to wine accessories, I have a very short list of items I use: 2 stage waiter’s corkscrew “Ah-so” two prong cork remover for old, delicate corks Drip-stop … Continue reading

Cork Dork: Will the Real Bianca Bosker Please Step Forward?

Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

Punch Out and Be a Sommelier Many a wine enthusiast has the occasional Walter Mitty-esque dream of punching out of his/her daily occupation to become a sommelier. To be surrounded by wine, sharing the great stories with customers, hob-nobbing with winemakers. Ahh, the life! Well, Bianca Bosker did just that in her new book: “Cork … 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

15 Minutes of Fame in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune

15 Minutes of Fame for Twin Cities Wine Bloggers What an honor to be featured with several other Twin Cities wine bloggers today in an article in our hometown Star-Tribune newspaper! Here’s the article with a huge thanks to Bill Ward, our friend and intrepid wine feature reporter. 4 Twin Cities wine experts help you … Continue reading

Chateau Montelena Classic Napa Cabernet

Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet

Old World Approach + Napa Sun My palate leans decidedly to the old world. I’m more impressed by elegance than overwhelming power and richness, so I’m pretty choosy about Napa Valley wines. Chateau Montelena fits the bill perfectly. Chateau Montelena – A Bit of Napa History Chateau Montelena traces their history back to at least … Continue reading

Going To Bordeaux!

My sincere thanks to all of you who voted for me. I won in my category, so I’ll be joining 5 other bloggers for an amazing week in Bordeaux during the “2016 En Primeur” week in early April! Look out for lots of posts about our week in this classic wine region! Save

Take a Minute to Vote, Thanks!

Millesima Wine Blog Awards 2017 – Update The voting closes this Friday and the race is too close to call.  All three of the entries in US Wine Reporter are very close in votes. Please take a minute out of your day and place your vote for me! It’s easy, as you can only vote … Continue reading

Show Your Support for FoodWineClick! & It’s Free!

Millesima Wine Blog Awards 2017 2015 Awards (first year) – I was a finalist, didn’t win 2016 Awards – I was a finalist, didn’t win 2017 Awards – I’m a finalist.  I need your help! I won’t waste your time, here’s my ask: I’m a finalist in a wine blogging competition. There are only three … Continue reading

Swordfish Pasta with a Not So Crazy Sicilian Red #ItalianFWT

Frank Cornelissen Hijacked My Post Our Italian Food Wine & Travel assignment this month was to highlight wine and food from a coastal area of Italy. I immediately knew I would want Sicily for my choice. I had picked out a Sicilian seafood pasta recipe to try as well white and red wines from the … Continue reading

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