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?”

Your Holiday Wine Plan, Part 1: Stock Up on Affordable, Everyday Bottles

As we cruise into November, we can be sure of a few things: Pumpkin Spice Everything will morph into Gingerbread Everything; our party schedules will have us on the go from morning until night; and we’ll get used to feeling stressed and excited at the same time. Yes, the holidays are right around the corner! (Ugh, my stomach just sank a little . . .) … Continue reading Your Holiday Wine Plan, Part 1: Stock Up on Affordable, Everyday Bottles

You Say Grenache, I Say Garnacha: A Toast to #GrenacheDay

“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 guise of a … Continue reading You Say Grenache, I Say Garnacha: A Toast to #GrenacheDay

Do You Know the Way to Vézelay? (#Winophiles)

Saturday the French Winophiles recount their favorite French memories – either long-ago trips that we’ll never forget or those we imagine when our wanderlust kicks up a fuss. Like most people who have been to France, I have both in my repertoire; but today I’m going back to 1993 and my first visit. My French boyfriend took me on a two-week vacation that began and … Continue reading Do You Know the Way to Vézelay? (#Winophiles)

Dreaming of France: What’s Your Story? #Winophiles

When was your last visit to France? Mine was in December, a trip I’d been anticipating for a decade-and-a-half. Truth be told, though, I had traveled the streets of Paris on many occasions over the years – every time I daydreamed to escape reality, I landed in the Place des Vosges with its exquisite shops, or on the banks of the Seine watching the bâteaux … Continue reading Dreaming of France: What’s Your Story? #Winophiles

Dreaming of France: The #Winophiles Share their Favorite Stories – Past, Present, and Future

When you think of France, what’s the first image that appears in your mind? Is it the statuesque splendor of the Eiffel Tower? Or maybe the lavender-imbued fields of Provence? Whether we’ve traveled to France or not, we have heard about her charms, seen photos of her beauty. As a child, long before I ever saw France with my own eyes, I dreamed about it, … Continue reading Dreaming of France: The #Winophiles Share their Favorite Stories – Past, Present, and Future

Talêgo Épicerie Fine: A Taste of Portugal in the Heart of Paris (#WinePW)

As we landed in Paris, I saw the drizzle of rain streak across my window. Why is it that every time I land at Charles de Gaulle it’s grey and miserable? You’d think it might have (ahem) dampened my enthusiasm for making the trip, but no, especially not this time. My husband and I had a special anniversary to celebrate, and it was Christmas. I’d … Continue reading Talêgo Épicerie Fine: A Taste of Portugal in the Heart of Paris (#WinePW)