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…

Wine Pairing Weekend To Explores Grüner Veltliner #WinePW

Get ready to explore Grüner Veltliner for the next Wine Pairing Weekend (#WinePW), coming September 10th! Many moons ago, when I first because seriously interested in wine,  Grüner Veltliner (Velt-LEEN-er) was trending.    While the wine  had been consumed in Austria forever, it didn’t gain favor in the international market  until 2002.   That year Jancis Robinson,…

The Ultimate #SundaySupper Hamburger and Hot Dogs Wine Pairing Guide

Some of my fondest memories in life come from a time when a hamburger or a hot dog (often both;-) was the quintessential summer eats  for me!   And whenever I reminisce about that time of my life,  one of the first thoughts that comes to mind  is the minutes before my favorite –  a cheeseburger (with…

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…

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…

Chablis:The Spirit of Chardonnay – In The Glass And At The Table

I love minerally, acid-driven white wines. They are refreshing and delicious on their own, and a great companion for a wide variety of foods at the table. So, I was thrilled when I received four sample bottles of Chablis from Pure Chablis a couple of months back. About Chablis Pure Chablis is a trade organization that…

Wine Pairing Recommendations For #SundaySupper Regional Specialties

This week, the Sunday Supper taste makers are celebrating regional food specialties. Foodies believe there is no better way to get to know an area than to experience what the “natives” eat.  The Sunday Supper family is sharing more than 40 wonderful dishes they grew up eating or learned to love while visiting or living in…