Rosé Season!

Summer = Rosé Have you stocked up on Rosé for the summer?  Have you had a traditional (dry) Rosé?  If you thought Rosé was a sweet wine for beginners, please go find a bottle of real Rosé to sample.  You’ll be hooked! What is Rosé? With white wines the juice is pressed off the grapes … Continue reading

Rosé, Kitchen in the Market, Solo Vino: What’s not to Love?

Julie and I are big Rosé fans, so we don’t really need to be convinced.  However, when Kitchen in the Market teamed up with Chuck Kanski (of Solo Vino) the Twin Cities evangelist for Rosé, we couldn’t resist!  What followed was a night full of laughter, fun, Rosé and tasty food pairings.  Here’s a sample … Continue reading

“Jeff, are you from the moon?”: Rosé and Orange Wines

Have you had an orange wine?  They’re new to me, and there seem to be a few similarities to rosé, although I had never tasted them side by side. However, when I asked how orange wines compare to rosé at a winery tasting room (featuring an orange wine in their lineup), they looked at me … 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” Walla Walla – Mannina Cellars

Mannina Cellars is a new winery for us.  A Minneapolis friend (thanks, B.J.!) who knows our interest in food-friendly wines highly recommended we visit them while in Walla Walla.  As a wine touring destination, Walla Walla still has that “diamond in the rough” quality.  You won’t see signs like “Tour Bus Parking.”  The area still … Continue reading

Montinore Pinot Rosé & Peach – Chevre Salad

It’s the second half of August, and it has occurred to me that rosé season is rapidly coming to a close in Minnesota.  Wow, summer goes so fast!  Now we need to burn through our remaining rose before the close of the warm weather.  We can use a bottle or two at Thanksgiving, but there’s … Continue reading

A Summer Cheese Plate with Rosé

Confession: we spend a surprising percentage of our grocery budget at the cheese shop!  Once our interest in wine at the dinner table started to grow, we found that artisan cheeses were a natural partner before or after the meal. A proper cheese plate features a variety of textures and flavors.  You usually try to … Continue reading

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