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…

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…

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…

Two Easy Summer Meals And Two California Rosés #WinePW

I adore Rosé wine!  Here’s why.   Rosés are such a versatile wines at the table, they give me a break from thinking about, or in some cases over-thinking food and wine pairings.  Consequently whether one is a professional, such as a sommelier or chef; wine enthusiast, or a novice, when it comes to food and wine…

Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng and Arrufiac? Oh My! #Winophiles

This month the French Winophiles are making a virtual trip to France’s Hidden Corner, the South-West (or ‘Sud-Ouest’ as the French call it) wine region!  Actually, we’re revisiting the region.  When we first visited a couple of years ago, I discovered the Perfect Wine For Liver And Onions! It was from the mostly overlooked Marcillac AOP, and…

Bordeaux Paired With Cajun and Italian Classics #Winophiles

If you’ve ever considered food and wine pairing principles, then you know the most tried, tested,  and found true principle of food and wine pairing is “What grows together, goes together”.  In other words, match the food and the wine of a place together.  For example, pairing Italian food with Italian wines, or a pairing oysters with…

A Walk On The Wild Side; 2012 Sandro Fay Costa Bassa and Pasta con Finocchietto Selvatico

My wife and I enjoy walking in our neighborhood.  Over the course of the past few weeks, each time we walked past this particular empty lot not from where we live, our olfactory senses was overwhelmed by fresh herbal aromas that hinted of licorice.  It looked like fennel to me.   And that’s what it…

Batting A Thousand for #OTBN Vol. 8 – A Celebration With Friends #winePW

 Seven bottles of wine for seven people…Twas a splendid OTBN17! Of all the wine “holidays” (Cabernet Day, Chardonnay Day, etc), Open That Bottle Night (“OTBN”) is my favorite.  That’s because it’s a great opportunity for fellowship around food and wine, and making memories with the special people in our lives. OTBN was created by former Wall Street Journal wine…