It’s International Grenache Day!

    “Grenache is for me, the wild, wild woman of wine, the sex on wheels and devil take the hindmost, the don’t say I didn’t warn you.”  –  Oz Clarke   I rather like Oz’s description of Grenache, the wine grape of many personalities.  Having spent a bit of time in Spain, I myself have fallen prey to her charms:  sometimes in the magenta-hued … Continue reading It’s International Grenache Day!

Tour de France by the Glass 2016 – Stage Fifteen, Bourg-en-Bresse to Culoz: Chickens, Bikes, and Wine

Wine As we verge upon the Alps, always a highlight in the Tour, we have an opportunity to visit some lesser-known wine regions and taste different styles of wines than we typically do.  Today’s stage puts us squarely within the Vins du Bugey appellation, in the southern Jura Mountains due west of Savoie, which received its AOC approval back in 2009.  While official status was … Continue reading Tour de France by the Glass 2016 – Stage Fifteen, Bourg-en-Bresse to Culoz: Chickens, Bikes, and Wine

Facing Off Against the Giant of Provence: Tour de France by the Glass 2016, Stage Twelve

  You’re not mad if you climb the Ventoux, but you are if you go back there.    (Provencal Proverb) Stage Twelve:  Montpellier to Mont Ventoux Because of dangerously high winds (>100 km/hr) forecast for Thursday, Tour organizers have modified the course for Stage Twelve.  Instead of finishing atop the Mont Ventoux which, on a good day, looks like a desolate lunar landscape, the race … Continue reading Facing Off Against the Giant of Provence: Tour de France by the Glass 2016, Stage Twelve

Tour de France by the Glass 2016: Stage Eight, Pau to Bagnères-de-Luchon

  Welcome to the Pyrénées! You know it’s going to be a tough day when the stage profile map looks like an upturned saw, with a few gigantic teeth.  Today’s stage features one of the most famous climbs ever to grace the Tour de France:  the Col du Tourmalet. It first challenged the peloton back in 1910 and has haunted them 83 times since!  This … Continue reading Tour de France by the Glass 2016: Stage Eight, Pau to Bagnères-de-Luchon

Lovely Recipes from the June Wine Pairing Weekend (#winePW)

Each month a group of wine and food writers gathers on Twitter to exchange creative menu pairing ideas.  This month the theme was Rosé, and the specific wine and food combos were totally inspiring!  Please scroll down to see the mouth-watering and hunger-inducing delights contributed by the group this morning.  Each of the links will transport you to the original post, where you can see … Continue reading Lovely Recipes from the June Wine Pairing Weekend (#winePW)

Where Sicily and Mendoza Meet: Stuffed Roasted Calamari and Perlita Rosado 2015.

Wine Pairing Weekend June 2016:  Rosé  #winePW This Saturday is my first experience with Wine Pairing Weekend (#winePW), which challenges food and wine writers to create inspired pairings around a different theme each month.  Big thanks to Nancy from PullThatCork.com for hosting this month’s gathering.   June’s focus is Rosé, a topic that could take us virtually anywhere!  As indicated by the title, my contribution is … Continue reading Where Sicily and Mendoza Meet: Stuffed Roasted Calamari and Perlita Rosado 2015.