Tempranillo: The “Authentic Protagonist” of Bodegas Cepa 21 Vineyards

Winemaker José Moro has much love for Tempranillo despite the fact that it “doesn’t stand out for anything but has everything.” Moro’s words point to the paradox inherent in the wines made from Spain’s famous black grape: while they don’t tend to tickle the nose with exotic aromas or leave an immediate and indelible impression on the palate, they are some of the loveliest wines … Continue reading Tempranillo: The “Authentic Protagonist” of Bodegas Cepa 21 Vineyards

At the Corner of #Dinner Time and #Wine: An Easy Weeknight Pairing that Won’t Break the Bank

Just because it’s Tuesday and the boss kept you late doesn’t mean you have to settle for take-out or leftovers for dinner. If you’ve got a reasonably well-stocked pantry and some basic staples in the fridge, you can whip up something special in no time. Something wine worthy, in fact. Personally, I’ve got a bigger problem with the first criterion, as I find almost all … Continue reading At the Corner of #Dinner Time and #Wine: An Easy Weeknight Pairing that Won’t Break the Bank

A Feast for the Senses: Viognier and Indian Spices (#Winophiles)

There’s a reason French wines are held in such high esteem: for years they served as the benchmark against which all other wines were compared. After all, it was the infamous Judgment of Paris in which several American wines outshone their French counterparts that catapulted California wine onto the world stage. And, let’s face it: whichever wine first tempted us to explore the wonders of the … Continue reading A Feast for the Senses: Viognier and Indian Spices (#Winophiles)

Cross-Cultural Food Pairings for French Wine (#Winophiles)

The French #Winophiles are off and running this weekend, headed for destinations unknown. Yes, we will keep our focus on French wines, as usual. But this month we’ll scan the globe in search of delectable food pairings from other cultures. Are you ready to pack your bag and hit the road with us? Be sure to stash a few bottles of your favorite French wine … Continue reading Cross-Cultural Food Pairings for French Wine (#Winophiles)

Need a Go-To Wine? Go to Beaujolais! (#WinePW)

Need a Go-To Wine? Go to Beaujolais! Life is complicated. How many times have we heard this phrase lately? It applies to every aspect of our daily existence, from project deadlines to carpool schedules. I don’t know about you but I find myself searching for any tactic that streamlines or simplifies the grind: something that propels me to the finish line at the end of … Continue reading Need a Go-To Wine? Go to Beaujolais! (#WinePW)

French Wine Is the New Black – French #Winophiles

You know the saying: “<Insert Trendy Thing Here> is the new black.” Meaning that it’s hotter than hot, coveted by those in-the-know, and welcomed, perhaps even de rigueur in chic circles everywhere. Sounds a bit like French wine, n’est-ce pas? Have you ever seen a quality wine list without at least a few bottles from France? There’s a reason French wines are held in such … Continue reading French Wine Is the New Black – French #Winophiles

The Enduring Allure of Champagne (French #Winophiles)

Champagne.  Uttering the very word evokes a visceral response, one that sparks the neurons and magically transports us to another place and time.  Sure, there are other sparkling wines, and many of them are high-quality sippers at that.  Cava, Crémant, Franciacorta, Prosecco, Moscato – each of these prompts images of gaiety, happiness, and light.  But only Champagne (that word again!) instantly connotes celebration, conviviality, and … Continue reading The Enduring Allure of Champagne (French #Winophiles)