Cremisan Wine Estate: A Week Night Taste of the Middle East

Cremisan Line Up

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.

My first exposure to life in the Big Apple was in 2010, when I took a job with an insurance company based in mid-town. Over the next few years I traveled to New York almost every week, staying just long enough to tire of its constant motion but never long enough to enjoy the vibrant spirit hidden underneath. Continue reading “Cremisan Wine Estate: A Week Night Taste of the Middle East”

Wine, Food, and Family: The Gift of Memories (#WinePW)

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)

It’s #CabFrancDay! What’s In Your Glass?

December 4th celebrates one of the Swirling Dervish’s favorite grape varieties: Cabernet Franc. Many plaudits have been written about its superstar offspring Cabernet Sauvignon and, indeed, there are some excellent wines made from the grape. But I am more susceptible to the allure of a glass of Cab Franc.

Why? Let me count the ways . . . . Continue reading “It’s #CabFrancDay! What’s In Your Glass?”

Christmas Traditions: Feast of the Seven Fishes and Sweet Treats by the Dozen

How does your family celebrate Christmas? Is there a special meal involved, or a beloved tradition passed down from one generation to the next? This month, bloggers in the Italian Food Wine and Travel group share their holiday highlights, some old, some new, that make the season bright. As our name implies, we love to talk about food and wine, which is perfect for this … Continue reading Christmas Traditions: Feast of the Seven Fishes and Sweet Treats by the Dozen

Thanksgiving with a Spanish Twist: Turkey, Lamb, and the Wines of Navarra, Spain.

Navarro Line Up
Nothing like wine from Navarro DO to accompany a holiday feast.

A friend recently asked my advice in planning a Friendsgiving dinner – she lives far from her hometown and has decided to invite other friends to share the day with her. She’s quite accomplished in the kitchen and has decided to prepare all the courses herself, with the exception of dessert. Good for her!

Years ago, I used to host Thanksgiving at my home, inviting a rag-tag group of friends, family members, neighbors, and friends-of-friends unable to go home for the holiday. The mix changed each year, depending on who was where, and it led to some interesting interactions. But that’s a whole other post . . . . Continue reading “Thanksgiving with a Spanish Twist: Turkey, Lamb, and the Wines of Navarra, Spain.”

Thanksgiving for Two: Mushroom-Stuffed Pork Roast Paired with a Beaujolais Cru

As we head into the second half of November, two events immediately come to mind: Thanksgiving, also known as America’s National Day of Overeating; and the release of the latest vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau (aka France’s National Day of Exporting Headaches.) Because they’re neighbors on the November calendar, the two are often mentioned as potential partners at the table. I give a qualified endorsement to … Continue reading Thanksgiving for Two: Mushroom-Stuffed Pork Roast Paired with a Beaujolais Cru

Tour de France 2017 and Cono Sur Bicicleta Wines

If you read my blog during the summer months, you know that I love cycling. I used to ride a lot, just about every day in fact, until multiple sclerosis took the sight in my left eye five years ago. Since then, it’s been a stationary bike for me! But that hasn’t dampened my enthusiasm for watching the three Grand Tours – cycling’s biggest, baddest … Continue reading Tour de France 2017 and Cono Sur Bicicleta Wines