Smoky and Sweet: The Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wines from 1000 Stories

You might have heard about the recent trend in red wine production in which full-bodied wines such as Zinfandel are aged in used bourbon barrels. It seems to go hand-in-hand with the millennials’ fascination for artisanal spirits and craft cocktails: wines exposed to a breath of American whiskey might appeal to their youthful palates, inspiring them to drink more wine. But what you might not … Continue reading Smoky and Sweet: The Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wines from 1000 Stories

Celebrating #SonomaStrong with the Wines of Balletto Vineyards (#WinePW)

During January, the Wine Pairing Weekend crew took up the cause of Sonoma Valley vintners, reminding our readers that, despite the fires that ravaged northern California last fall, they were open for business. Some of us attended the Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Rosa in November, constituting the first wave of writers to document the recovery process. Others of us did what we could from … Continue reading Celebrating #SonomaStrong with the Wines of Balletto Vineyards (#WinePW)

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Wines! (#winophiles)

Thanks to Lynn at Savor the Harvest and Jill at L’occasion, our French Winophiles group received four French wines to sample in anticipation of Valentine’s Day and our February event. Each wine has some connection to the love theme, and it was good fun finding the right pairings to accompany them. My husband and I enjoyed the wines over the course of a week: sometimes … Continue reading How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Wines! (#winophiles)

Donnachiara Montefalcione: Five Generations of Wine, Wolves, and Women in Campania (#WinePW)

The intrepid explorers of the Wine Pairing Weekend group are turning their attention this month to women in the wine industry. Our goal is to highlight the efforts of women who are blazing trails in the wine world, be they winery owners, winemakers, or industry movers-and-shakers. We’ll meet Saturday, February 10th, at 11 am ET on Twitter to discuss the exciting people we’ve met and … Continue reading Donnachiara Montefalcione: Five Generations of Wine, Wolves, and Women in Campania (#WinePW)

Drinking with the Saints: St. John Chrysostom, Defender of Wine

It’s been a while since I posted about one of my favorite activities – sipping alongside members of the haloed class. The Christian calendar is chock-full of fêtes dedicated to sacraments, feast days, and name days, so it’s only natural that some enterprising drinker would make the connection between religious observance and revelry.

Unfortunately, The Derv can’t claim credit for making that brilliant connection: that honor goes to Michael P. Foley, author of Drinking with the Saints -The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour. In his book, Foley has compiled a year’s worth of cocktails, beer, and wine suggestions to help celebrate your favorite patron saints Continue reading “Drinking with the Saints: St. John Chrysostom, Defender of Wine”

Warming Up with the Wines of Corbières and Minervois

The third week of January finds many of us in a post-fiesta fog – and a cold one, at that. Holiday cheer has given way to mid-winter gloom, and we long for the warmth of a blazing fire and a dish of hearty fare to keep us company. What better time to imagine ourselves in the South of France?

Join the French Winophiles bloggers on Saturday, January 20th, as we head to the sunny wine regions of Corbières and Minervois. Tucked in between the Pyrénées Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, in the far southwest of France, these towns provide the perfect refuge from icy evenings here at home.

If winter’s got you down, we have the perfect remedy: a virtual voyage to this sun-kissed corner of the Languedoc, home to high-quality wines and heart-warming cuisine that will make you forget about those single-digit temperatures. We meet on Twitter at 11 am ET, following the hashtag #winophiles. Continue reading “Warming Up with the Wines of Corbières and Minervois”

#WinePW Celebrates #SonomaStrong: Roasted Halibut with Grapefruit-Fennel Salsa and Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc

 

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In our first adventure of 2018, the Wine Pairing Weekend group (#WinePW) heads to Sonoma County. Our goal is to shine a spotlight on the men and women who drive the wine economy in this part of California wine country; to remind the world that, despite the fires that dominated national headlines last fall, Sonoma is indeed open for business. (Jill from L’occasion is our host this month, and you can read her invitation post here.)

While the fires raged, I watched the news with trepidation, desperately hoping that the wine community would prevail, and feeling powerless to do anything of consequence to help. I imagine many of you felt the same way. Working through our personal networks, our #WinePW blogging group has curated a list of organizations dedicated to restoring a sense of normalcy to those who’ve suffered. For those who still wish to contribute, I’ve included links to a few of them further down in my post, along with links to the posts from each of this month’s participating bloggers. Continue reading “#WinePW Celebrates #SonomaStrong: Roasted Halibut with Grapefruit-Fennel Salsa and Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc”