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

Super Fast, Super Good – Sausage and Potato Pan Roast with Dracaena Wines Cab Franc (and a few other match-ups!) #WinePW

The first week of December brought lots of excitement, including a spirited celebration of #CabFrancDay engineered and hosted by Lori Hoyt Budd of Dracaena Wines.  For those of us who love the grape as well as those who are new to it, Cab Franc Day served as an interactive forum in which we all expanded our knowledge.  We learned about new producers in classic regions; … Continue reading Super Fast, Super Good – Sausage and Potato Pan Roast with Dracaena Wines Cab Franc (and a few other match-ups!) #WinePW

Cabernet Franc – Brilliant Soloist, Essential Ensemble Member (#CabFrancDay)

  It’s Cabernet Franc Day! December 4 has been designated International Cabernet Franc Day – a move sure to please lovers of the grape, which is often overshadowed by its more famous offspring, Cabernet Sauvignon.  As one of the primary grapes of Bordeaux, Cab Franc shares top billing with Merlot in the soft, elegant wines of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, arguably the stars of Right Bank … Continue reading Cabernet Franc – Brilliant Soloist, Essential Ensemble Member (#CabFrancDay)

Carmenère:  A Case of Mistaken Identity or “What’s Franc Got to Do with It?”

  November 24th is International Carmenère Day!  Are you familiar with the history of this grape, most closely identified these days with Chile?  Well, it hails from the Médoc region of Bordeaux, for starters.  But back in the late 1800s, when the phylloxera louse laid waste to the vineyards of France, many winemakers set sail for South America in an effort to rebuild their dreams of … Continue reading Carmenère:  A Case of Mistaken Identity or “What’s Franc Got to Do with It?”

It’s August 25th – Celebrate with Saints Louis and Genesius!

Whenever I want to dash off a blog post but am unsure what to write about, I pull out my copy of Drinking with the Saints:  The Sinners’ Guide to a Holy Happy Hour.  Whether the date calls for observance of a Pagan festival like Lammas Day or the celebration of a patron saint, it’s always good fun.  Today I wanted to write, but wasn’t in … Continue reading It’s August 25th – Celebrate with Saints Louis and Genesius!

Guest Blogger: David Stannard of Paradise Rescued

Today I turn over the blog to David Stannard (@paradiserescued), proprietor of Paradise Rescued, an organic winery in Bordeaux which specializes in varietal Cabernet Franc wines.  (You might remember my recent report on his book, which recounts how he turned his dream of owning a vineyard into reality.)  Here he tells the story of his next venture, resurrecting and nurturing a long-neglected plot of Merlot … Continue reading Guest Blogger: David Stannard of Paradise Rescued

Paradise Rescued:  From Cabbage Patch to Cabernet Franc – A Review

Have you ever dreamed of owning a vineyard in France?  Of working the fields and tending the vines, the fruits of which magically alchemize into purple nectar of the gods?  Yes, I think many of us have imagined our way to such a place a time or two, only to be reawakened at our paper-laden desks by a shrieking telephone.  David Stannard, on the other … Continue reading Paradise Rescued:  From Cabbage Patch to Cabernet Franc – A Review