Surprising Pairings with Bill Summerville

Bill Summerville + Kitchen in the Market = whirlwind evening full of food & wine pairings, laughter and learning.  Bill will be back for another twist on wine & food pairing in January, hopefully I’ll see you there! Bill is a managing partner and the sommelier at La Belle Vie, generally considered the finest dining … Continue reading

An Exceptional Pairing: Cool Climate Syrah & Lamb Chops

One of my favorite pairings is a cool climate Syrah with grilled lamb chops, and this one was exceptional: Anthill Farms Sonoma Coast Syrah and Star Thrower Farm lamb chops.  Wow! I had planned a vegetarian dinner for Meatless Monday, but I realized Julie had an evening commitment.  It was my chance for lamb chops … Continue reading

Wine & Veggies? Yes!

Put together a group of food & wine bloggers, a fun bistro/wine shop, and a vegetarian challenge and you have a guaranteed evening of fun! The Fortify! Minnesota food bloggers group was the common link between the people in this fun evening.  Nicole Navratil, Nick Kolnik, and Allison Wagner organized the evening and posted an … Continue reading

A Favorite Winery – Wind Gap Wines

When you pull up to Wind Gap you might wonder if you are at the right place. You made it to Forestville, a sleepy little town near Santa Rosa, CA.   You see an old fruit processing factory and there won’t be a tour bus anywhere in sight.  In fact you’ll have to call ahead … Continue reading

Stuffed Squash – round two & Peterson Cabernet Sauvignon

I think I have my next pairing challenge: find an all vegetarian meal that really needs a Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah as a partner at the table.  This post is a step in that direction, although it’s a step sideways as well. The Rulo Cab was interesting with the stuffed squash on Meatless Monday.  We … Continue reading

Domaine Rouge-Bleu Dentelle & Braised Chicken

If you’re a red wine drinker looking for a wine to go with lighter foods,  Domaine Rouge-Bleu Dentelle may be just the ticket.  This Rhone blend of Carignan and Grenache was perfect with a cheese plate, braised chicken and roast acorn squash! Upon opening, Dentelle has a very earthy aroma.  It dissipates in 15 minutes … Continue reading

“Our Grand Meander” Walla Walla – Gramercy Cellars

This was our second visit to Gramercy Cellars and they hold a special place in our heart.  Last year, when our son turned twenty-one in Walla Walla, we called Gramercy and had their L’idiot du Village (modeled after a Cotes du Rhone) delivered to Peter.  Funny…he hasn’t had it yet as he’s saving it for … Continue reading

“Our Grand Meander” Columbia Gorge AVA – Memaloose

Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge have a soft spot in my heart.  The Columbia Gorge is a world class venue for windsurfing and kiteboarding; I’ve been here many times windsurfing with a group of friends.  This time, however, Hood River was our stopover for a couple days to learn more about Memaloose and … Continue reading

What pairs with Ryme Aglianico?

Aglianico has been a new experience for me this summer.  This one comes from Ryme Cellars, a small winery in Sonoma.  I hadn’t opened this one earlier because it has an alcohol listed at 15.8%, and that often translates to a really big, rich wine.   Now that the weather in Minnesota has cooled off … Continue reading

Madden’s Food & Wine Weekend

If you have a short attention span and just want the take away, here it is: Mark your calendar for 2013, the last weekend in August before Labor Day with “Hold for Madden’s Food & Wine Event”.  My wife, Julie, and I attended the 2012 event last weekend, and we had a great time.  Maybe … Continue reading

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