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…

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;…