My Love-Hate Relationship with Loire Whites – French #Winophiles

Warning: This is a rant, but it does have a happy ending.  I hope you’ll read on. One-Two Punch Knocked Me Out In preparing for our French Winophiles virtual visit to Touraine in the Loire, I was hit by a double dose of love-hate for Loire Valley whites.  First, I must say two things: I’m … Continue reading

Spring Arrives with Chilean Sauvignon Blanc and a Sautéed Scallop Salad

Errazuriz and Los Vascos Sauvignon Blancs with seared scallop salad

Get Ready for Spring! It seems that even in Minnesota, spring is upon us. Actually, in Minnesota, spring comes and goes several times before jumping right into summer.  We are always ready to pull out warm weather recipes and wines at a moments notice to take advantage of a warm, sunny day! Today I’m sampling … Continue reading

Langhe e Roero Primi: Tajarin al Sugo di Gorgonzola

Week 2 Challenge: L’ouvo e il Primo (Egg in the 1st Course) We’re on to week 2 in this year’s food blogging/photography challenge from the Tourist Union of the Langhe and Roero (details here, in Italian). Our week 2 challenge this year is to use eggs in a Primi course.  The natural choice here is … Continue reading

#SauvBlancDay w/ Shrimp & Citrus Sauce

tangent sauvignon blanc shrimp with fresh citrus sauce

Happy #SauvBlancDay ! I have got to be crazy.  Julie and I board an airplane to Europe this afternoon.  We should’ve had takeout pizza last night.  But today is #SauvBlancDay, and Sauvignon Blanc is Julie’s favorite wine.  We joke that every day is #SauvBlancDay for her!  I had to find an “easy, quick” recipe so … Continue reading

Fish in Parchment: Viognier or Sancerre?

Our final Viognier test will be with a light dish: fish in parchment.  Medium bodied Viognier or light bodied Sancerre; which will pair the best? We’ve tried Viognier with heartier fare and spicy foods, now we’ll challenge it on the opposite side. Matello Deux Vert Viognier 2010 ($28 from the Winery) Eye: Nice rich yellow … Continue reading

“Learn to Love Beets” Pizza

Beets on Pizza?  Why? Growing up, beets were a regular item at our dinner table.  Let’s just say I did not grow to be a fan.  When I left home to go to college I thought: “I never have to eat beets again!”  After 35+ beetless years, I decided I should really give them a … Continue reading

Terroir 101 – Ladera Vineyards Tasting at Sunfish Cellars

Terroir is a frequent topic of conversations with wine drinkers and wine marketers, but what is it really about? In it’s simplest form, terroir is described as a wine tasting uniquely like the place it was grown, including a reflection of the particular soil and growing conditions that particular season.  Terroir can be obscured by … Continue reading

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