It’s Mardi Gras: Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

I can’t believe we’re heading into the last week of February.  I mean, didn’t we just put away the party hats and noisemakers with which we raucously welcomed 2017?  Well, I hope you remember where you stored them because Tuesday is Mardi Gras, every penitent partier’s last chance for debauchery before the Lenten season begins.  Come Wednesday morning, we’re supposed to turn our thoughts to … Continue reading It’s Mardi Gras: Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

Barossa Old Vine Charter: The Oldest Vines in the World?

A while ago I had the extraordinary chance to attend a master class in the wines of the Barossa Valley Australia, specifically wines crafted from Old Vines.  The exact definition of Old Vines varies from place to place, but it has come to mean something particular here in South Australia.  More than just a chronological categorization of vines based on their year of planting, the … Continue reading Barossa Old Vine Charter: The Oldest Vines in the World?

Single-Vineyard Riesling from Max Ferdinand Richter (#winestudio Part 2)

  Last month, participants of Wine Studio, an on-line interactive education seminar hosted by Tina Morey, delved into the intricacies of Mosel Riesling.  During the first two weeks, we focused our studies on the lovely wines of Karthauserhof, a monopole property originally founded by Carthusian monks in the 11th century.  (You can read the details in my post HERE.)  But Tina wasn’t finished with us … Continue reading Single-Vineyard Riesling from Max Ferdinand Richter (#winestudio Part 2)

The Mysteries of Corsica (#Winophiles)

It’s Saturday and I’m taking off for the island of Corsica, or Corse, as it’s known in French.  Where better to chase away winter’s chill than this ruggedly beautiful chunk of land basking in the Mediterranean between Italy and France?  If you’re dreaming of warmer weather while the snow piles up outside, please join me and the other French Winophiles at 11 am eastern time, … Continue reading The Mysteries of Corsica (#Winophiles)

Winter Comfort Food for Those 80 Degree Days (#WinePW)

As I sit writing this post, my friends and family up north are wrapped in blankets, watching inches (feet?) of snow pile up outside their windows.  I’m sure the beastly weather will send many of them to the kitchen, where they will put on a pot of something delicious and heart-warming for later.  I can imagine the aromas wafting from the stove – perhaps it’s … Continue reading Winter Comfort Food for Those 80 Degree Days (#WinePW)

All Roads Lead to Riesling (#winestudio)

I may have co-opted the famous saying about perceived Roman dominance many centuries ago, but I feel it’s appropriate.  After all, Riesling has made quite powerful friends of late, namely the sommeliers who love to tout its unmatched affinity for a wide range of cuisines, not to mention its ability to age for decades without losing any of its famed balance and finesse.  But in … Continue reading All Roads Lead to Riesling (#winestudio)

Breaking Out of Barolo: Nebbiolo from Alto Piemonte (#ItalianFWT)

For the first time, I’m joining the Italian Food Wine Travel group for its monthly discussion of Italian culture, cuisine, and wine.  In a departure from the usual Italian-only focus, this month the bloggers will explore Nebbiolo from places outside the well-known vineyards of Barolo and Barbaresco.  You may also see Nebbiolo wines outside the traditional dry red table wine, as it is sometimes made … Continue reading Breaking Out of Barolo: Nebbiolo from Alto Piemonte (#ItalianFWT)