An American In Saint-Émilion #Winophiles

This week the French Winophiles continues its virtual exploration of the Bordeaux Region with a visit to Saint-Émilion, which is located on the right bank of the Gironde estuary.  Merlot is the dominant grape in this prominent wine region, which also a UNESCO World Heritage site.  To truly understand wine, you must understand that ultimately,…

2014 Ironstone Vineyards Symphony Obsession #WBC16

Last weekend I attended the Annual Wine Bloggers Conference hosted by Lodi Wine.  The conference was a great opportunity for learning, networking and fellowship with my fellow wine writers and bloggers.  During the Friday Excursions Into Wine Country,  I joined a small group that hosted by  Ironstone Vineyards.  We visited Teichart Ranch located in the Sloughhouse AVA. After…

Time To Get My Wine Bloggers Conference On! #WBC16

I’m pleased to report that I’ll be attending 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference (“WBC”) later this week!  The WBC is being held August 11-14 in Lodi.  It’s my first Wine Bloggers Conference! There will be a few hundred online, print, citizen and industry wine writers who will be will be immersed in educational wine seminars, networking, grower and…

2015 Kir-Yianni Akakies Rosé

Yiannis Boutaris founded Kir-Yianni in 1997 with the vision to create a super-premium Greek wine estate. After more than 30 years of owning a controlling stake and running the operations of Boutari —the leading Greek wine brand— Yiannis decided to spin-off two of the best vineyards belonging to the Group in order to create Kir-Yianni….

The Ultimate #SundaySupper Hamburger and Hot Dogs Wine Pairing Guide

Some of my fondest memories in life come from a time when a hamburger or a hot dog (often both;-) was the quintessential summer eats  for me!   And whenever I reminisce about that time of my life,  one of the first thoughts that comes to mind  is the minutes before my favorite –  a cheeseburger (with…

An Exploration of Sherry; In the Glass And At The Table #WinePW

This month’s Wine Pairing Weekend is about Sherry, one of the world’s most complex, labor intensive, yet misunderstood and under appreciated wines!  I taste and pair the six types of sherry – five dry and a sweet “PX”! I have been a Sherry lover for many years.  My appreciation of sherry was inspired by two books;…

Caspri Luna Blu and Grilled Moroccan Chicken #ItalianFWT

Our Italian Food Wine and Travel (#ItalianFWT)  has explored each of Italy’s twenty regions.  Now, we taking deeper dive into Italy.  This month we explore Italian “orange” (skin-fermented white) wines.  I’m pairing the super natural and edgy 2012 Caspri Luna Blu IGT orange wine with Grilled Moroccan Chicken! What is Orange Wine? Essentially, orange wines…

2015 Angels & Cowboys Rosé #WineStudio

2015 Angels & Cowboys Rosé The Angels & Cowboys Rosé is a blend of Grenache Rouge, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Grenache Blanc sourced from Carneros, Alexander Valley & Dry Creek Valley.  The wine was crafted using the traditional Provençal method, including grapes bespoke for Rosé.  To preserve nature’s generosity along with old-world tradition, the grapes were…