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)

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.”

Dinner Time and Wine: Three Pairings for Sparkling Rosé (#winepw)

We’ve just flipped the calendars from July to August, and you know what that means – only a few weeks left to enjoy the relaxed pace of summer. But before we jump back into reality, let’s linger in our beach chairs dallying over the final plot twists of a book or watching a few more sunsets. There’s no hurry; after all, the refrigerator is stocked, … Continue reading Dinner Time and Wine: Three Pairings for Sparkling Rosé (#winepw)

Will the Tour be Won Today? #TDF2017 Stage 9 Moves from the Jura to the Alps

Saturday’s race saw a young French rider, Lilian Calmejane, win his first stage in the Tour de France. I was on the edge of my seat watching him climb those last few kilometers, fighting his legs as they cramped up and threatened to quit. When he crossed the finish line 30 seconds ahead of his closest competitor, it seemed as if all of France rejoiced! But that’s nothing compared to what race organizers have planned for Sunday. Check out the profile map:

Profile Map Stage 9 TDF2017
Glad I’m not riding this one! (Map: http://www.letour.com)

In all my years following the Tour, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a stage with three HC climbs. In case you’re not familiar with cycling lingo, the hardest climbs are assigned a rating, with 4 being the “easiest,” 3 a bit harder; 2 harder still, and 1 among the most difficult. But then there is that last tier: Hors Catégorie (HC), or uncategorized, for ascents that are so tough they can’t be compared with the others. Continue reading “Will the Tour be Won Today? #TDF2017 Stage 9 Moves from the Jura to the Alps”

Spring Brunch: A Trio of Salads with Fresh Wines to Match (#WinePW)

What’s your go-to plan for Mother’s Day weekend? My guess is that it involves brunch, a meal that is tailor-made for the holiday, giving Mom the perfect reason to get her hair done, don that new dress, and dote adoringly on her grandchildren. Maybe you’re going out, or maybe you’ve invited the family to your house for a mini reunion. If you’re hosting, I’ve got … Continue reading Spring Brunch: A Trio of Salads with Fresh Wines to Match (#WinePW)

Happy Cinco de Giro Derby Day!

This weekend affords wine lovers many excuses to celebrate with a glass of something delicious in hand. Friday, May 5th, best known to imbibing revelers worldwide as Cinco de Mayo, also happens to be Sauvignon Blanc Day. So if tequila shots chased by cold, Mexican beer aren’t your thing, why not pour yourself a few fingers of crisp Sauvignon Blanc? (Bonus points awarded if you’ve … Continue reading Happy Cinco de Giro Derby Day!