Materra “Right Bank” Merlot with Shrimp Risotto #MerlotMe #WinePW

Friday Night Risotto Friday night is risotto night at our house. I make chicken stock whenever we roast a chicken, and we keep Vialone Nano, Carnaroli, or Arborio rice in the pantry at all times. With shrimp in the freezer, I just pick up some mushrooms and a vegetable on the way home. Risotto takes … Continue reading

Duckhorn 3 Palms Merlot with Seoul-ful Chicken for a Romantic Dinner in Sweatshirts #MerlotMe #WinePW

Stretching Merlot Wine Pairing in October With our annual month-long focus on Merlot we love to test the limits of red wine pairing. At the cabin for the weekend, Julie had planned a Korean-inspired dinner (think kimchi) so I decided to test out Merlot in that context. Knowing the dinner would feature spicy flavors, I … Continue reading

Serrano Peppers and Krug Merlot? #MerlotMe #WinePW

Keep a Light Hand With the Serrano Peppers As long as you don’t go crazy, Merlot can pair nicely with dishes with a bit of heat and spice. In our month-long celebration of Merlot, we try standard pairings and we try to stretch the boundaries a bit. Flank steak is a normal pairing with the … Continue reading

It’s #MerlotMe Month with Wine Pairing Weekend! #WinePW

October is Merlot Season Merlot is one of the true noble grapes, capable of reaching greatness in many regions worldwide. October has become our opportunity to celebrate this recently overlooked grape. So let’s do it, October is #MerlotMe month! In October, our Wine Pairing Weekend Group will be celebrating Merlot at the dinner table, paired … Continue reading

Celebrate Merlot with Wine Pairing Weekend #MerlotMe #WinePW

October Is #MerlotMe Month Pumpkin spice is old news, and hopefully we haven’t seen any Christmas decorations yet.  That must mean it’s time for #MerlotMe! October 2018 marks year 4 for our Wine Pairing Weekend group collaboration with MerlotMe ! Join us in our month-long celebration of the Merlot grape. Along with the MerlotMe wineries, we’ll … Continue reading

Tapas and Albariño: A Winning Combination #WinePW

Granbazán Albariño in a beautiful backyard setting

Wine Pairing Weekend Blogging Group Explores the Refreshing White Wines of Spain and Portugal This month, our Wine Pairing Weekend group is off on a virtual trip the the coastal regions of Spain and Portugal to enjoy the refreshing white wines available from the region. Bonus: since they are less familiar in the US, many … Continue reading

M is for Marselan #WinePW

Marselan wine from Amethyard Vineyards in China

Wine Pairing Weekend Plays with “M” Wines Our monthly Wine Pairing Weekend blogging group takes on just about any challenge. This month, our host Lori from Dracaena Wines is hosting and we are joining her in her monthly “Winephabet” posts. So, we’ll all pick a wine that begins with the letter “M” and explore the … Continue reading

#SonomaStrong with Two Shepherds and Roast Chicken à la Alice Waters #WinePW

Two Shepherds with Roast Chicken at www.foodwineclick.com

Wine Pairing Weekend Group Celebrates Sonoma Winery Friends This month, our Wine Pairing Weekend group is showing our combined support for recovery after the recent fires in Sonoma. The annual Wine Bloggers Conference was in Sonoma this year, so several of us had the opportunity to visit and see both the damage and the fact … 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

While the Cat’s Away the Mouse will Play #MerlotMe

lamb chops on a Primo ceramic grill

Cat’s Away, Mouse Will Play It’s not what you think! Julie is away for the week on a women’s business school reunion trip to Chile. Does this mean shenanigans back at home? No, but it does mean a week of enjoying forbidden foods: lamb, rabbit, eggplant, more lamb, go! Julie took off on Thursday afternoon; … Continue reading

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