Patrick Bottex “La Cueille” Bugey Cerdon Rosé #Winophiles

The December theme for the French Winophiles is “French Fizz”.   Our group of writers and bloggers are  exploring sparkling wine from all over France.  When I saw the theme, I knew I wanted to try a new to me sparkling wine from France.  But what to try?  I’m a shameless Champagne whore.  And I’ve had…

Wine of the Day; 2015 Peter Zemmer “Rollhütt” Pinot Noir

2015 Peter Zemmer “Rollhütt” Pinot Noir  – If you’re looking for an Old World Pinot Noir for under $20 …look no further! This wine hails from the Suditrol sub-region of the Alto Adige DOC, which borders Austria and Switzerland in northern Italy.  Grapes for this wine were sourced from vineyards in the immediate vicinity of…

Wine of the Day: Bruno Paillard “Première Cuvée” Brut Champagne

Bruno Paillard “Première Cuvée” Brut Champagne – “refined, ebullient, and impeccably balanced…“ This wine is a multi-vintage blend of more than 30 crus, each vinified separately.  It is composed of Pinot Noir (45%), Chardonnay (33%) and Pinot Meunier (22%); part of which (20%) was in barrel for the first fermentation.   It includes between 20-50%…

Exploring Cru Beaujolais: A Great Everyday Red Wine #Winophiles

This month the French #Winophiles take a virtual trip to Beaujolais.  Between Beaujolais Nouveau and Thanksgiving, Beaujolais seems to mostly be a seasonal wine.  But it can be more than in a seasonal (holiday) wine.  I explore its possibilities as an “everyday” red wine. My inspiration to explore Beaujolais as an everyday red wine came…

Livermore Valley’s Taste Our Terroir’s; Quest For Pairing Excellence

I attended the 2016 Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association; Taste Our Terroir – The Quest For Pairing Excellence back in July.  I intended to blog about it before now.  You see how that  went. What is Taste Our Terroir? Taste Our Terroir is Livermore Valley’s  preeminent food and wine festival.  The affair, held each July, spans four…

Wine Pairing Weekend Explores Grüner Veltliner; In The Glass And At The Table

David B. Crowley of Cooking Chat kicked-off Wine Pairing Weekend in June 2014.  On the second Saturday of each month, a group of bloggers who are passionate about the way good wine enhances a meal come together to blog about a wine pairing they have done. Each month has a different Wine Pairing Weekend theme to…