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Zweigelt – Pink and Natty and so satisfying

Hager Matthias Zweigelt Pet Nat on a bench outside
I’ve waxed poetic before about my favorite new wine spot in town Garagiste.  Well Eric and Mario have a wine club where they shoot out an email when they get in new wines.  Most are limited quantity, but all are amazing and fun.  When I...

Wine Events during a Pandemic

Wine Events online with Virtual tastings, Trade Shows and Seminars. Greg Brewer Winemaker, Mary Jane Evans on speaking on Spanish wines, Wines from Garagiste LV, Glasses from Ferguson's Downtown and Cheese from Cured & Whey
The world has changed. The current pandemic has thrown many of our plans into disarray, if not canceled them completely. When faced with this sudden change, we innovate and over the past months, I have seen quite a bit of innovation. This is a way...

Finger Lakes Riesling and Alsatian Salmon

Seneca Lake at Dusk, demerzel21, Adobe Stock
The group with Wine Pairing Weekend (#WinePW) is heading to New York.  To the Finger Lakes to be specific. On Saturday June 13th there will be a gathering on twitter following the hashtag #WinePW to discuss the region, it’s wines and our pairings.  We will...

Cava: Traditional Method Sparkling Wine from Spain

Cava Mestres 1312 and Beef dzik salad
Cava. Certainly at some point you have had sparkling wine from Spain.  Perhaps the first time it was from one of those sleek black bottles from Freixenet.   It’s time to go on another virtual trip traveling in a bottle to Spain, the home of Cava. ...

Valpolicella: More than Amarone

Bunches of ripered grapes ready to be picked up and will become a tasty wine like Valpolicella Amarone or Recioto
Valpolicella is primarily known for Amarone, but the grapes grown here are made into other wines. You will find red wines and Ripasso that are affordable and delightful. The Valpolicella Region This region sits North of Fair Verona and east of the beautiful Lake Garda...

Flowers for Julien – Beaujolais in May #Winophiles

Panorama of vineyards at sunrise Beaujolais France
When I was studying to become a Certified Specialist of Wine, I used certain tricks to be able to remember different regions or appellations.  When I tried to remember the Beaujolais Crus I used: St. Amour loved Julien, he gave her Chenas, and windmills and...

A Stunning Sunset View at First Ridge Vineyard

Sunset from the First Ridge Cellar Door in Mudgee New South Wales Australia
It was sunset of our only full day in Mudgee New South Wales.  We headed out to meet Col Millot, the Viticulturist at First Ridge Vineyard on the south east side of the Mudgee Valley.  While viewing the sunset from their cellar door, we discussed...

Lambrusco: A Virtual Visit and an Odd Pairing

Castelvetro di Modena hills at sunset. Castelvetro, Modena province, Emilia Romagna, Italy © stefanotermanini/Adobe stock
Lambrusco & Butter Chicken Today’s Sun Basket dinner was an easy, “heat and eat” Butter Chicken and Jasmine Rice supper. I went to research pairings for Butter Chicken, and came across this great post by Madeline Puckett. On Madeline’s site, Wine Folly, there was a...

Lowe Wine – Drought, Biodynamics and Soil

Bush trained vines at Lowe Wine in Mudgee Australia
The drought in Australia fueled the fires we saw the beginning of this year.   We talked with David Lowe at Lowe Wine about the drought and about bio-dynamics, a subject you know we are very interested in. The drought in Australia David says that the...

Spring, Pappardelle and an Illahe Viognier

Spring, Pappardelle with a Illahe Viognier
The sun was out on this morning. We spent a bit of time in the backyard, planning our upcoming #travelinabottle trips, and letting Loki enjoy the great outdoors for a bit. I may have even taken on a bit of a pink tinge. It was...

Finding Connections in the Northern Rhône

2016 JL Chave Selection Silène with the painting "Syrah" by Act2Art by RuBen
Connections I’ve only been to France once.  We were in Germany and during our week in Hamburg we took the train to Paris for a single day.  Up early, we arrived at the Gard du Nord train station and made our way to Le Sacre...

Thai turkey salad and Red Electra Moscato

Thai turkey salad with Red Electra Moscato
Day 28 of #flatteningthecurve The day started early, the sun had returned and I woke early.  After giving Loki some attention I made some coffee to Copeland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”.  A friend had recommended making coffee to this music as being a wonderful...

Easter Feaster! A last minute pantry pairing day.

Gnocchi, Viognier and curious cats
Planning a last minute Easter Dinner So I’ve been planning pairings recently and on Easter Morning realized that I had not even thought of an Easter pairing.  So…I dove in on a last minute #pantrypairing.  Immediately I thought of gnocchi and got a craving.  The...
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