Warming Up with the Wines of Corbières and Minervois

The third week of January finds many of us in a post-fiesta fog – and a cold one, at that. Holiday cheer has given way to mid-winter gloom, and we long for the warmth of a blazing fire and a dish of hearty fare to keep us company. What better time to imagine ourselves in the South of France?

Join the French Winophiles bloggers on Saturday, January 20th, as we head to the sunny wine regions of Corbières and Minervois. Tucked in between the Pyrénées Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, in the far southwest of France, these towns provide the perfect refuge from icy evenings here at home.

If winter’s got you down, we have the perfect remedy: a virtual voyage to this sun-kissed corner of the Languedoc, home to high-quality wines and heart-warming cuisine that will make you forget about those single-digit temperatures. We meet on Twitter at 11 am ET, following the hashtag #winophiles. Continue reading “Warming Up with the Wines of Corbières and Minervois”

#WinePW Celebrates #SonomaStrong: Roasted Halibut with Grapefruit-Fennel Salsa and Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc


Geyser Peak SB and CS (2)

In our first adventure of 2018, the Wine Pairing Weekend group (#WinePW) heads to Sonoma County. Our goal is to shine a spotlight on the men and women who drive the wine economy in this part of California wine country; to remind the world that, despite the fires that dominated national headlines last fall, Sonoma is indeed open for business. (Jill from L’occasion is our host this month, and you can read her invitation post here.)

While the fires raged, I watched the news with trepidation, desperately hoping that the wine community would prevail, and feeling powerless to do anything of consequence to help. I imagine many of you felt the same way. Working through our personal networks, our #WinePW blogging group has curated a list of organizations dedicated to restoring a sense of normalcy to those who’ve suffered. For those who still wish to contribute, I’ve included links to a few of them further down in my post, along with links to the posts from each of this month’s participating bloggers. Continue reading “#WinePW Celebrates #SonomaStrong: Roasted Halibut with Grapefruit-Fennel Salsa and Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc”

Toast to the Good Life on #SangriaDay with Aimé Ruca Malen

Did you know that Wednesday, December 20th has been designated as Sangria Day? Well, I didn’t know it either, until the savvy folks at Gregory White PR asked if I wanted in on a festive idea that’s perfect for holiday entertaining. Of course I said yes! They have partnered with Bodega Ruca Malen from Argentina to create a fun, fruity, and time-saving party trick that’s … Continue reading Toast to the Good Life on #SangriaDay with Aimé Ruca Malen

Cremisan Wine Estate: A Week Night Taste of the Middle East

Cremisan Line Up

I’m in training. Every day I test my limits, pushing myself to go a little further than the day before; increasing my stamina to stay the course to the end. No, I’m not preparing for a marathon or triathlon. I’m in the process of becoming a New Yorker.

Lest you consider that a modest challenge, I assure you it is not. Denizens of the island of Manhattan thrive on competition: who will score the one empty seat on the subway? Who will grab the last package of arugula off the shelf, triumphantly sailing to the check-out line ahead of the others? You might think I’m exaggerating, but I kid you not.

My first exposure to life in the Big Apple was in 2010, when I took a job with an insurance company based in mid-town. Over the next few years I traveled to New York almost every week, staying just long enough to tire of its constant motion but never long enough to enjoy the vibrant spirit hidden underneath. Continue reading “Cremisan Wine Estate: A Week Night Taste of the Middle East”