Real Neat Blog Award

Many thanks to Kristin, for nominating The Swirling Dervish for this award.  She has a pretty neat blog herself, Maisie the Newfie and Company, in which she shares her daily adventures with Maisie and Annie, her two Newfoundland dogs.  Each post is humorous and heart-warming, especially if you’re a dog lover, but even if you’re not.  Kristin’s blog is special to me because my first … Continue reading Real Neat Blog Award

Do You Know This Sexy Beast?

October’s #WineStudio set sail for Australia last week, under the stewardship of Tina Morey of Protocol Wine Studio and the folks at Two Hands Wines of Australia (McLaren Vale and Barossa, to be specific.)  By all accounts it’s shaping up to be quite an adventure, with tastings representing each of the winery’s three tiers:  the Picture Series, Garden Series, and Flagship Series.  If you want to … Continue reading Do You Know This Sexy Beast?

Cold Weather Comfort Food via #WinePW

  It’s a chilly, rainy Sunday in New York City, and that makes me want to curl up on the couch with a fluffy blanket, watch football, and – the best part – enjoy the enticing aromas emanating from the kitchen, where a pot of something delicious simmers on the stove.  And after October’s Wine Pairing Weekend (#WinePW) Twitter chat, I’ve got lots of ideas about what to … Continue reading Cold Weather Comfort Food via #WinePW

Mercy Mondays and Merlot – October #WinePW

  It’s that time again – the first Saturday of the month, when a group of wine and food enthusiasts come together to discuss menu pairings based on a particular theme.  October has us focusing on #MerlotMe, an exercise in which we try out new bottles of an old favorite – Merlot.  Jeff Burrows from FoodWineClick! is our host this month, as we don our … Continue reading Mercy Mondays and Merlot – October #WinePW

Three Cheers for Cirò DOC

Italy’s 20 regions boast many beautiful wines and a host of delicious foods to accompany them.  And, even if we’ve never set foot on Italian soil, most of us have become familiar with popular tourist destinations like Florence, Rome, Venice, and Milan.  The more adventurous among us may have traveled to central Italy’s Adriatic coast, or perhaps to Piedmont in the far northwest.  Maybe even … Continue reading Three Cheers for Cirò DOC

Malbec Mea Culpa – #WineStudio

Have you been to Argentina?  My toes haven’t yet touched down in any part of South America but, thanks to Protocol Wine Studio I feel like I’ve just come back from a month-long wine internship in Mendoza.  As she does each month, Tina Morey put together a diverse group of wine writers from around the country and hauled the lot of us (virtually, of course) to … Continue reading Malbec Mea Culpa – #WineStudio

Spanish White Guerrilla, Part Two: Verdejo

  In a previous post I talked about the revolutionary wine project undertaken by Castillo de Maetierra to boost the image of white wines from Rioja, Spain.  Through the creation of Valles de Sadacia, a separate Protected Geographic Indication with its own locally determined wine-making standards, the founders sought to reimagine white wine’s place in Spain’s first Denominación de Origen.  At the heart of their strategy … Continue reading Spanish White Guerrilla, Part Two: Verdejo