Celebrating L’Amour Du Vin With French Wine At The Table #Winophiles

The theme for this month’s French Winophiles is  L’amour– French wines with a name or concept reminiscent of love. When I received these sample wines (as always, opinion are my own), I immediately saw the connection between L’Amour (love) and the Saint-Amour from Beaujolais, and the Rosé from D’Anjou in the Loire Valley. The connection between…

Easy #ValentinesDay Three Course Champagne Pairing Dinner Featuring Bruno Paillard Brut Premiere #Food and #Wine Pairing

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love!  And when I think of a celebration, I think of Champagne! Chances are you that you’ve been enjoying Champagne for toasts or as an aperitif, but it’s such a food friendly wine (the most food-friendly in my book) it can take you from a toast, through appetizers, on to the…

#Food And #Wine Pairing: Blandy’s Madeira Sercial 10 Years Old and Sushi

One sip of Madeira and I asked myself “why don’t I buy and drink this wine more regularly?” That  question was the first thing that popped into my head when, after five years (according to my tasting notes) I opened a bottle of Blandy’s 10  Year Malmsey  Madeira a few weeks ago. It was one of two sample…

A Taste of Valtellina: 2014 Ar.Pe.Pe. Rosso Superiore Paired With Wild Mushroom Ragout over Creamy Polenta #ItalianFWT

When you travel, do you tend to visit and place once, and then want to try a new place?  Or are you more comfortable returning to a beloved destination again and again?  Of course, it likely depends on your experience with a place. Well after making a virtual visit to Valtellina last year, I’m delighted…

Lodi Chronicles; Get To Know Lodi Petite Sirah

As you may know if you follow this blog,  I’ve been contributing to Visit Lodi! Conference & Visitors Bureau blog.  Visit Lodi is the official travel website for Lodi, California.  From time to time I share the blog posts I’ve written for Visit Lodi  here.  My latest piece written for Visit Lodi is entitled Get to Know…

What Grows Together, Goes Together – Slow Cooker Cassoulet Paired With Affordable Occitanie Wines #Winophiles

This month the French Winophiles are exploring Occitanie – formerly Languedoc-Rousillion; and  in particular the AOPs of Minervois and Corbières.   And what better way to explore a wine region that simultaneously exploring its gastronomy. Certain wines are always paired with certain dishes because they come from the same “paese” or region, and therefore have traditionally been served…

Wine of the Day: 2014 Lumen Wines Grenache

 …definitely one of the best Grenache in recent memory for me! This wine is 100% Grenache sourced from Martian Vineyard (54%) and Camp 4 Vineyard(46%) in Northern Santa Barbara County.  It was fermented in open top vats and aged in small oak barrels Color – Translucent ruby Aromas – Enticing rose petals, cranberry, strawberry pie, wet clay and a…

Sparkling Wine Dinner Series; Ferrari Brut Paired with Creamy Seafood Risotto

Sparkling wines are the ultimate wine of choice when it comes to celebrations of special occasions.  But sparkling wines are too often neglected,  and vastly underappreciated when it comes to pairing them with food throughout a meal – from appetizers to dessert. I strongly believe that sparkling wine has a bigger role to play at…