Carmenère:  A Case of Mistaken Identity or “What’s Franc Got to Do with It?”

  November 24th is International Carmenère Day!  Are you familiar with the history of this grape, most closely identified these days with Chile?  Well, it hails from the Médoc region of Bordeaux, for starters.  But back in the late 1800s, when the phylloxera louse laid waste to the vineyards of France, many winemakers set sail for South America in an effort to rebuild their dreams of … Continue reading Carmenère:  A Case of Mistaken Identity or “What’s Franc Got to Do with It?”

Grateful for Local Vintners and Seasonal Foods (#WinePW)

Each month a group of food and wine writers participate in the Wine Pairing Weekend, an on-line forum in which each of us creates a special food/wine menu around a particular theme.  For November, we’re talking about The Feast Nearby:  Grateful for Local Vintners and Seasonal Foods.  If you’d like to join the conversation, follow the #WinePW on Twitter this Saturday, November 12th at 11:00 … Continue reading Grateful for Local Vintners and Seasonal Foods (#WinePW)

Drinking with the Saints: Saint Hubert

With Halloween slipping by so quietly, followed by All Saints’ Day and then All Souls’ Day, I realized it had been a while since I drafted a Drinking with the Saints post.  So, with tongue in cheek and virtual pen in hand, here I go . . . . November 3rd is the feast day for Hubert, a Frankish nobleman who was one heck of … Continue reading Drinking with the Saints: Saint Hubert