#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”

Wine, Food, and Family: The Gift of Memories (#WinePW)

It’s time for the Wine Pairing Weekend crew to gather again, and this month we’re sharing pointers on Giving the Gift of Wine. We’ll discuss tips on picking the perfect bottle for the wine lovers on your list, as well as holiday-worthy menus featuring delicious pairings. And if you’d like to join the conversation and contribute a few ideas of your own, meet us on … Continue reading Wine, Food, and Family: The Gift of Memories (#WinePW)

Reacquainting Myself with an Old Friend: #MerlotMe #WinePW

During the month of October, the Wine Pairing Weekend bloggers (#WinePW) set their sights on American Merlot, using their tasting and writing skills to remind the world just how good it is.  Many of us started out loving Merlot, enjoying the ripe fruit and silky tannins that make it go down easy. It’s a charming wine and makes such an amiable partner at the table that it’s difficult to understand how it fell out of favor.

Yes, Miles from the movie Sideways threw a forestful of shade on the wine when he professed his abhorrence of it. But those of us who knew the truth about Merlot weren’t swayed by his opinion. We scoffed at his disdain for the grape, especially when he later professed passion for a trophy French wine dominated by Merlot. We dismissed his generalization as rubbish, but how much Merlot were we actually buying? Speaking for myself, not much. Why?

Maybe I’m an outlier but, although I considered myself a fan of Merlot, not much made its way into my shopping cart. Where was the disconnect? Looking back at my wine journey over the past 15 years, I think I can identify the root of my inconsistent approach: an abundance of choices. Pursuing that theme, I guess you could call it Fear of Missing Out on the latest, weirdest wine capturing the attention of the hip sommeliers across the country. There was nothing wrong with Merlot but, in my quest to track down obscure grapes and taste the latest “must-have” wine, I simply forgot about it. Merlot, the trusted friend, loyal to the end, even after being relegated to second-class status. I don’t deserve you. Continue reading “Reacquainting Myself with an Old Friend: #MerlotMe #WinePW”

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)

Dinner Time and Wine: Three Pairings for Sparkling Rosé (#winepw)

We’ve just flipped the calendars from July to August, and you know what that means – only a few weeks left to enjoy the relaxed pace of summer. But before we jump back into reality, let’s linger in our beach chairs dallying over the final plot twists of a book or watching a few more sunsets. There’s no hurry; after all, the refrigerator is stocked, … Continue reading Dinner Time and Wine: Three Pairings for Sparkling Rosé (#winepw)

Spring Brunch: A Trio of Salads with Fresh Wines to Match (#WinePW)

What’s your go-to plan for Mother’s Day weekend? My guess is that it involves brunch, a meal that is tailor-made for the holiday, giving Mom the perfect reason to get her hair done, don that new dress, and dote adoringly on her grandchildren. Maybe you’re going out, or maybe you’ve invited the family to your house for a mini reunion. If you’re hosting, I’ve got … Continue reading Spring Brunch: A Trio of Salads with Fresh Wines to Match (#WinePW)

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)