Add Sweet Bordeaux to Your Holiday Table

Disclosure: all the wines in this post were provided as media samples for a Snooth Virtual Tasting. All opinions expressed are mine. Sweet Wines Deserve a Place at the Table, Too It’s a shame that sweet wines have fallen out of favor and outside wine drinkers’ attention. There are many occasions when a sweet wine … Continue reading

Rasteau and the Côtes du Rhône Quality Pyramid #Winophiles

Winophiles Invade the Southern Rhône This month, our French Winophiles group studies the wines from Rasteau, one of the Cru designated villages in the Southern Rhône. Join us as we virtually travel to the south of France and enjoy with wines of Rasteau! Look further down in this post for links to all my fellow … Continue reading

Gran Selezione: Pinnacle of the Chianti Classico Ladder? #ItalianFWT

Italian Food Wine & Travel Explores Tuscan Wines of Chianti and Its’ Neighbors Our #ItalianFWT group travels (virtually!) around Italy, blogging on a monthly topic. This month, we’re exploring the wines of Tuscany, including all the versions of Chianti and its’ neighbors. Several in our group received samples of Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico Gran … Continue reading

Young Professionals Explore Merlot with #MerlotMe #WinePW

#MerlotMe 2019 – Introduce Merlot to the Next Generation Wow, this is the fifth year our Wine Pairing Weekend Group and the #MerlotMe wineries are collaborating to celebrate the Merlot grape all through October. Take a look farther down in this post to all all the great ideas from my fellow Wine Pairing Weekend bloggers. … Continue reading

Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux – Your “Go-To” for the Grill

Cru Bourgeois Wines and the Grill Cru Bourgeois wines from Bordeaux fill a perfect spot at the dinner table when grilled foods are being served. They possess a magical combination of high quality, affordable price (around $20 US for a bottle), age-able but ready to drink on purchase. Whether you’re holding one in your cellar … Continue reading

Vermilion Valley Vineyards – Is Ohio on Your Wine Radar?

Time to Put Ohio on Your Wine Radar We all know about Napa Valley and California wine. We know about Washington State and Oregon. Some folks know about wine from New York State and Virginia. How about Ohio? Last winter I saw some posts on Facebook by a young winemaker from Ohio, he seemed passionate … Continue reading

Lambrusco Shines with Red Fizz and Fun #ItalianFWT

Lambrusco for Italian Food Wine and Travel This month, our Italian Food, Wine and Travel group is celebrating the fizzy, fun wine of Emilia-Romagna: Lambrusco. Take a look farther down in this post for a whole bunch of great takes on Lambrusco from my Italian wine loving buddies! Lambrusco’s Challenges Wine lovers in the US … Continue reading

April Snowstorms Bring May Rosé

Snow Kicks Off Rosé Season in Minnesota It happens every year! Late in the winter, I’ll receive a few offers to sample the coming seasons’ rosé wines. I always like to try a few new examples, so I say “sure!” The rosés arrive.  Then we get one (hopefully last) big snowstorm! So, without further adieu, … Continue reading

What’s New in Lodi!

What’s New in Lodi? Everyone knows: Lodi = Zinfandel. Not exactly true! Yes, Lodi grows a lot of Zinfandel, but there are other grapes grown in the region as well. During a visit at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference, I found that Lodi is much more than just one grape. Recently, I had the opportunity … Continue reading

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

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