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…

2015 Pedroncelli Dry Rosé of Zinfandel #WineStudio

2015 Pedroncelli Dry Rosé of Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Pedroncelli has been making an “intentional” rosé of Zinfandel since the mid-50s!  Fruit for this wine is sourced  from  the Pedroncelli estate Home Ranch and Buchnignan Vineyard.   It is crafted by combining free run juice from early picked grapes (60% of the blend) and 40% saignée (juice drawn…

2015 Domaine Franck Millet Sancerre Rosé #Winophiles

The French Winophiles(#Winophiles) are doing a deep-dive into the Loire Valley region.  The Loire Valley is divided in to five distinct regions which are from West to East –  Pay Nantais , Anjou/Saumur, Touraine, and Centre- Loire.  We’ve previously explored Pay Nantais , Anjou/Saumur, and Touraine.  This month, we’re exploring the Centre (Upper)- Loire region.  I chose a Rose from…

A Taste of Villa Maria; First Sip of Summer #FirstSipNZ

Villa Maria’s First Sip of Summer Earlier this week I was invited to participate in the Villa Maria First Sip of SummerTwitter virtual tasting.  The “Tweet-Up” was an opportunity to be the first to taste the 2016 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc available in the United States around August, and the 2015 Villa Maria Private Bin Bubbly Sauvignon…

2015 Ellipsis Pinot Meunier Rose #WineStudio

2015 Ellipsis Wine Company Rose of Pinot Meunier Ellipsis Wine Company sources Pinot Meunier grapes are sourced from Christine’s Vineyard located in the Sonoma Coast AVA bordering Russian River Valley.  This is an “intentional”  rosé that’s a  blend of  90% Pinot Meunier, 5% Zin, and 5% Syrah. The grapes were picked at 24 brix and…

Chicken and Sausage Paella Paired with a Unicorn Rosé #WinePW

It’s National Rosé Day, and this month’s Wine Pairing Weekend theme is all about pairing foods with Rosé! Wine Pairing Weekend is a monthly collaborative event for wine/food bloggers started by David Crowley of Cooking Chat.  It’s a great way to find food and wine pairings that work (or learn from the ones that don’t); along with tips…

2015 Passaggio Wines Merlot Rosé #WineStudio

2015 Passaggio Wines Merlot Rosé Grapes for this wine were sourced from an area near the Carneros AVA.  Carneros is where the San Francisco Bay meets Napa and Sonoma to produce the finest cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sparkling wines.   Add Merlot to the list! The wine is a gorgeous pink color with appealing primary red…