Why You Should Learn to Love Lambrusco (Again) #ItalianFWT

Do you remember your first experience with Lambrusco? If you’re about my age, it probably involved a few illicit sips siphoned from an unsuspecting adult’s glass at a family party. Or maybe it was when you and your high school buddies pulled one over on the waitress at the local Italian festival, convincing her that, “Yes ma’am, we are definitely 21.” While we had no … Continue reading Why You Should Learn to Love Lambrusco (Again) #ItalianFWT

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!

A Week-Night Dinner in Sicily (#ItalianFWT)

This Saturday the Italian Food Wine Travel group is off to Sicily for an exploration of the island’s food, wine, history, and culture.  Why don’t you join us?  We gather (virtually) at 11 am eastern time, following the #ItalianFWT on Twitter.  On the first Saturday of each month the group focuses on a particular region of Italy, sharing travel tips as well as food and … Continue reading A Week-Night Dinner in Sicily (#ItalianFWT)

New Wines for a New Year: Wine Pairing Weekend Welcomes 2017 (#winePW)

I’m really excited about this episode of Wine Pairing Weekend:  all of us will be writing about wines we haven’t tried before.  That might mean trying a grape variety we’ve just learned about, or sampling a wine from an emerging region.  Gosh, it could be both!  Take a look at what has inspired our group of food and wine writers this month: Wine Predator wrote about … Continue reading New Wines for a New Year: Wine Pairing Weekend Welcomes 2017 (#winePW)

Grateful for Local Vintners and Seasonal Foods (#WinePW)

Each month a group of food and wine writers participate in the Wine Pairing Weekend, an on-line forum in which each of us creates a special food/wine menu around a particular theme.  For November, we’re talking about The Feast Nearby:  Grateful for Local Vintners and Seasonal Foods.  If you’d like to join the conversation, follow the #WinePW on Twitter this Saturday, November 12th at 11:00 … Continue reading Grateful for Local Vintners and Seasonal Foods (#WinePW)

Three Cheers for Cirò DOC

Italy’s 20 regions boast many beautiful wines and a host of delicious foods to accompany them.  And, even if we’ve never set foot on Italian soil, most of us have become familiar with popular tourist destinations like Florence, Rome, Venice, and Milan.  The more adventurous among us may have traveled to central Italy’s Adriatic coast, or perhaps to Piedmont in the far northwest.  Maybe even … Continue reading Three Cheers for Cirò DOC

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!