Port to warm a winter evening

Cockburn's Port to warm a winter day

A Glass of Port by the Fire For those of us who choose to live in the northern, snowy regions of the earth, the idea of a nice rich, deep sweet finish to an evening sounds great. To my friends in Florida, central and southern California, I say, you must occasionally have a rainy, cool … Continue reading

Aged Riesling is the Real Deal

Guilty of Riesling Shunning Sommeliers famously love German Riesling. Mouthwatering acidity, refreshing, ageworthy, and the grape loves to reflect where it was grown. Regular wine drinkers, at least in the US, are not so fond. We write it off as sweet, and what’s up with that stinky petrol nose? Aged Riesling is the Real Deal … Continue reading

Visual Tour of Biodynamics at Littorai Wines

Integrated Agriculture Thinking at Littorai Wines Do you associate organic and biodynamic viticulture with manure filled cow horns, voodoo, and musty smelling wines? Better think again, some of the top wineries around the world have embraced these approaches. Not because they believe in voodoo, because they have tested the approach and liked the results. A … Continue reading

Cancer Fundraiser Raffle – Buy a Chance at a Piedmont Treasure!

Do good and win a chance at a case of amazing Piemontese wine at https://girlsgottadrink.com/beat-cancer-piedmont-wine-fundraiser/

My blogging buddy and real-life friend, Valerie, has close friend who has recently been diagnosed with colon cancer. Val has started a fund to help with the overwhelming expenses for her friend going through cancer treatment. You might think, “pretty far removed from my life”, but you should read on! You see, Val and her … Continue reading

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Sauternes #Winophiles

Chateau Tuyttens Sauternes dessert wine

Sauternes (and Bordeaux) in the 21st Century Like it or not, fine wineries have become investments and not just the wines themselves. Bordeaux presents the best example of this change; over the last 30 years, top Bordeaux wineries have been increasingly purchased by large corporations. Property values rise and French inheritance laws make it difficult … Continue reading

Holiday Wine Gift Ideas: Not Just Any Champagne #WinePW

Grower Champagne for Holiday Gifts

Wine Pairing Weekend Holiday Gift Wine Ideas Our monthly Wine Pairing Weekend group is convening this month to offer some excellent ideas for wine as a holiday gift. Take a look further down in this post for some creative thoughts to help you knock off that holiday gift list! Click Here for a Convenient Wine … Continue reading

French Wine 201: Burgundy is Not Complicated

  Wine 201 – Burgundy (France) Just the Facts Burgundy is complicated, you can’t possibly understand it.  Many different whole books have been written to try to unravel the mystery. Damn the experts! Burgundy isn’t complicated. It’s perfectly logical: Grapes: Pinot Noir for red, Chardonnay for white 4 levels of officially judged quality potential due … Continue reading

Dry Farmed, Organic, Biodynamic, Oh My!

Biodynamics at scale at Bonterra Vineyards

Why Pay Attention to the Dirt? I’ve recently become more interested in the farming aspects of the wines I drink. In the coming weeks, I’ll be writing about winery and vineyard visits with an eye to how the dirt is managed. Consider this a preview and to answer the question: “Who Cares?” The Wine is … Continue reading

Holiday Gift Idea: Plonk Wine Club!

Plonk wine club wines

A Gift for the Wine Enthusiast on Your List Do you have a wine enthusiast on your holiday gift list?  Need an easy, fun idea? How about a wine club subscription! Now, buyer beware, wine clubs are everywhere these days. Food and Wine Magazine, Wall Street Journal (a sure source of wine information??????), everyone has … Continue reading

Surprisingly Affordable Wine Region: Bordeaux! #Winophiles

Affordable Bordeaux Wines under $20 at www.foodwineclick.com

#Winophiles Need Affordable Wines Too Our August meeting of our French Winophiles group has us digging around for good, affordable French wines. Sure, some of the world’s most expensive wines come from France (I’m talking to you, Burgundy. And you, Bordeaux!), but there are also great values to be found if you know where to … Continue reading

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