A First Taste of a Friend’s First Chardonnay

iOTA Cellars Chardonnay 2014

iOTA Cellars Expands It’s a rare opportunity to taste a winemaker’s first wine, or their first wine from a new grape. We’re long time fans of our friends at iOTA Cellars Pinot Noir. They have been producing Pinot Noir commercially since the 2006 vintage, and we have been enjoying their wines from the beginning. In … Continue reading

A Virtual Visit with Burgundy Friends #Winophiles

French #Winophiles Admire Bourgogne January is Burgundy month for our French #Winophiles group. Just back from our first trip to the region, we celebrate by featuring our new favorite mustard and by enjoying two wines purchased from the cellars in Burgundy. (click on a photo for slideshow, escape to exit) Visit and You’ll Never Be … Continue reading

Chassagne-Montrachet and a Visit to Domaine Morey-Coffinet

Chassagne-Montrachet Driving up from Lyon toward Beaune, the first stop on my trip to Burgundy was the town of Chassagne-Montrachet and a visit at Domaine Morey-Coffinet. Domaine Morey-Coffinet was one of the wineries featured in the excellent documentary: “A Year in Burgundy“. I had the opportunity to preview the movie when it was first released … Continue reading

The French #Winophiles – Dreaming of Burgundy

A Virtual Tour of the Food, Wine and Travel to Burgundy The Burgundy region of France is the historic source of beautiful wines, and so much more.  Dijon mustard? Yes. Coq au Vin? Yes! Beef Bourguignon, obviously! In February, our French #Winophiles group will be exploring the region from afar.  Won’t you join us? Join … Continue reading

Burgundy in November

A foggy November day in the Cotes de Beaune (click on any photo to view the slide show)

Pairing Friends, Ribs & Wine

Wine Dinner Group Time The four-mutual-schedule gods finally approved and we had a date for our semi-regular wine dinner group.  Summertime calls for the grill, and Bruce offered to make his favorite ribs from an Emeril Approved recipe. Sounded great! As the wine guy for our group, I have the challenge of finding a selection … Continue reading

Scallop Salad with Lioco Chardonnay

Summertime and Dinner Salads It’s summer in Minnesota and our thoughts turn to cool crisp wines and light dinners out on the deck.  We had a taste for some scallops tonight, so I searched for good looking dinner salads featuring scallops.  The folks at Lioco had sent some wine samples earlier this spring, I had … Continue reading

Unravelling the Burgundy Mystery

The Burgundy Mystery The Burgundy region of France has long been the worldwide reference for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  This storied region produces wines of amazing depth and complexity, and you can spend years learning even the basics.  It’s also a huge mystery.  Wines are labeled by the village name, or the vineyard name, or … Continue reading

3 Rules for Wine Pairing with Turducken

Recently, I was contacted by Echelon Foods with a request to provide wine pairings for their Original Turducken. Never having prepared or eaten a Turducken before, I thought it sounded like fun!   Julie and I prepared an early mini-holiday Turducken dinner.  The question was: how does a Turducken differ from a traditional turkey dinner … Continue reading

Movie: A Year in Burgundy

A Year in Burgundy is a new documentary movie, available right now for pre-order on Amazon, iTunes, and several other VOD sources.  If you’re reading this blog, you will enjoy this film! The movie chronicles a year in the life of several winegrowers in Burgundy through the lens of Martine Saunier, a long time Burgundy … Continue reading

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