Sweet Bordeaux Meets the Smoke #Winophiles

French #Winophiles Celebrate Sweet Bordeaux at the Table This month our French #Winophiles are collaborating with Sweet Bordeaux US, a group of wineries from a sub-region of Bordeaux who produce a variety of sweet wines. Our Winophiles will be exploring food pairings with these delicious wines – not just dessert! Scroll down to the bottom … Continue reading

Review: The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia

Disclosure: I received a sample copy of this book with a request for a review. All opinions expressed are mine. A Reference for Every Wine Lover Sotheby’s has just published an updated version of The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia, last published in 2011. In true encyclopedia form, there is something for everyone in this massive … Continue reading

Red Wine with Fish? Yes! Duckhorn Merlot and Swordfish #MerlotMe

Red Wine with Fish? Believe It! Not every red wine and not every fish.  I would avoid a tannic Cabernet with a delicate poached white fish recipe, but big oceangoing fish are delicious with many red wines. Swordfish is almost always sold as steaks, and it is delicious cooked on the grill.  Add a little … Continue reading

Are Local Grapes the Future of Moldovan Wines? #WorldWineTravel

World Wine Travel Group Inaugural Virtual Visit to Moldova Our three collaborative blogging groups are expanding into one more area: World Wine Travel. This Moldova Wine Day event is a preview of things to come, as our group formally starts up in 2021. Follow us at the new hashtag #WorldWineTravel! Today, we travel virtually to … Continue reading

Willamette Valley – iOTA Cellars

Willamette Valley Sub-AVA Tour Continues We’re nearly done with our tour of the sub-AVA’s of the Willamette Valley AVA. Today we visit the Eola – Amity Hills AVA through our friends at iOTA Cellars. (click on any of the maps to see full size in a slide show) Eola-Amity Hills AVA Traveling due south from … Continue reading

Thanks to Corking Wines for Top 101 Wine Writers 2020

Bloggers Love Readers I had a nice surprise this week with an email telling me I’m in Corking Wines list of Top 101 Wine Writers 2020! I appreciate knowing friends read the blog and love every comment. When good news comes from someone I don’t personally know, and from England no less, that’s an extra … Continue reading

Willamette Valley – Maysara with a Brick House Guest Appearance

Willamette Valley Wines Sub-AVA Tour McMinnville is our next sub-AVA on our virtual tour through Willamette Valley. Today we’re exploring McMinnville through biodynamic grower, Maysara. We’ll also touch on biodynamics at both Maysara and Brick House Vineyard. (click on any of the maps to see full size in a slide show) McMinnville AVA From Willamette … Continue reading

Pairing Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port with Campfire

The Douro River and Port The Douro River runs from Spain (where it is called the Duero River) through Portugal, finally meeting the sea at the coastal city of Porto, Portugal. Port wines are made from grapes grown along the Douro river starting about 50 miles upriver from Porto and extending all the way to … Continue reading

A Fistful of Beaujolais Rosés to Enjoy Before the Summer Departs

  Rosé All Year? Not for Me! Do you drink rosé all year long? Not me, I’m a summer (ok, extend that into September) rosé fan. Not because I have anything against rosé, it’s just the cold Minnesota winters encourage drinking those big reds that languish in the cellar in July and August. I had … Continue reading

Moving Closer to “All Are Welcome Here” in Wine

All Are Welcome Here In all walks of life, opportunities are needed for people who perhaps don’t look like “us”. Recently, the wine community has started to face the unflattering fact that we are not as diverse as we need to be. One of the big things to help is for businesses to create opportunities … Continue reading

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