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…

No Reservations Wine Tasting: Iron Horse Vineyards

Iron Horse Vineyards, renowned for their sparkling wines, is one of Sonoma County’s most beautiful, home-grown, family-owned wineries dedicated to producing estate-bottled wine. My wife and I do more than our fair share of wine tasting.  We’ve hit all the major wine regions in California (and a few minor ones too;-), along with some tasting…

Ten Favorite Under $20 Widely Available Sparkling Wines

For about a year now, I’ve  been contributing to Snooth’s Wine Writer’s Series.  My latest contribution to the Snooth Wine Writer series was the Holiday Sparkling  Bottle Pick List.  Myself and seventeen of the web’s best wine writers (not quite sure how I snuck in… but I’ll take it!) made no limit recommendations for sparkling wines for the…

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 Week;2008 Iron Horse Brut

Every Thursday I feature a wine I particularly enjoy, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out.  For this week, my Wine Of The Week is the 2008 Iron Horse Vineyards Classic Vintage Brut. The Winery Iron Horse Vineyards is a small, independent, estate, family owned wineries located…

T.G.I.F. Champagne And The Like…NV Mionetto Cartizze Prosecco

I drink more than my fair share of sparkling wine.  By my count, last year I enjoyed 50-60 bottles of sparkling wine.  Which type of sparkling wine I chose is driven by my mood, the food, and my budget.  I tend to like Cava, and Prosecco for my “weeknight” sparklers, while enjoying more expensive sparkling…

TGIF Bubbly; J Cuvée 20 Brut

My wife and I usually make it a point to drink sparkling wine on a weekly basis.  It’s typically Friday night…thus “T.G.I.F. Bubbly”  It’s a celebration of sort, to the end of the work week. And hey we love bubbly…so why wait for a special occasion? This week’s selection is the J Vineyards and Winery…

Wine Pairing Recommendations For Global Street Food #SundaySupper

This week’s #SundaySupper theme is all about Global Street Food. You know – that ready-to-eat food served up at mobile street carts, food trucks, movable market stalls, and food parks. One of the things I love about living in the San Francisco Bay Area is its diversity.  It’s a (mostly) delightful, if sometimes quirky mash-up of…