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”
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”
For our first adventure of 2018, the Italian Food Wine & Travel group (#ItalianFWT) heads to Puglia, the high heel of Italy’s boot. Well known in the United States for its wines made from the Primitivo (aka Zinfandel) grape, it’s also home to indigenous varieties like Nero di Troia and Bombino Bianco, which are less familiar. There’s a lot to explore in this region which, … Continue reading Traveling to Puglia via South Florida: My Adopted Italian Grandparents
It’s early morning, December 24th, and I relish the quiet that surrounds me. As I sip my tea, I’m grateful for these few moments of solitude when I can still hear myself think; the delicious silence that muffles the city’s buzz, if only temporarily. I know it won’t be long before the sun wraps herself around Manhattan, gently nudging everyone back into holiday mode. Christmas Eve is here. Continue reading “An Enchanting Christmas in Madrid”
Did you know that Wednesday, December 20th has been designated as Sangria Day? Well, I didn’t know it either, until the savvy folks at Gregory White PR asked if I wanted in on a festive idea that’s perfect for holiday entertaining. Of course I said yes! They have partnered with Bodega Ruca Malen from Argentina to create a fun, fruity, and time-saving party trick that’s … Continue reading Toast to the Good Life on #SangriaDay with Aimé Ruca Malen
I’m in training. Every day I test my limits, pushing myself to go a little further than the day before; increasing my stamina to stay the course to the end. No, I’m not preparing for a marathon or triathlon. I’m in the process of becoming a New Yorker.
Lest you consider that a modest challenge, I assure you it is not. Denizens of the island of Manhattan thrive on competition: who will score the one empty seat on the subway? Who will grab the last package of arugula off the shelf, triumphantly sailing to the check-out line ahead of the others? You might think I’m exaggerating, but I kid you not.
It’s time for the Wine Pairing Weekend crew to gather again, and this month we’re sharing pointers on Giving the Gift of Wine. We’ll discuss tips on picking the perfect bottle for the wine lovers on your list, as well as holiday-worthy menus featuring delicious pairings. And if you’d like to join the conversation and contribute a few ideas of your own, meet us on … Continue reading Wine, Food, and Family: The Gift of Memories (#WinePW)