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French Whites get me going! I love them so much and am certainly that girl in the wine aisle just waiting for someone to ask me for a suggestion! When it happens, I try to keep my cool but I am literally giddy because there’s nothing I love more than sharing my passions, especially when they are as delicious as this. Anything from France is a delight, but a crisp French White on a summer’s day is perfection, especially if you can sip it while in France. The origin of many of the most popular wines, these include Chardonnay, Sauvignon…

coqauvin

Consider this a bucket list item crossed off. From the name of the dish to the final product it exudes opulence and sophistication. Of course, any excuse to use wine in cooking, well, is an excuse I don’t need but if I have a reason I’m happy nonetheless. The night I made this dish, was perfect. I received a call from my dear friend Susan in Scotland just before I began cooking. Her melodious voice, so good to hear, was inspiring to me. You know those moments when someone tells you something you need to hear the exact moment you…

vineyardsonoma

I’m a sucker for the classics – the Old World Wines Wines from regions where winemaking first originated. Think of France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Bulgaria and Germany are Old World Wine countries that have been in the winemaking business for thousands of years. New World Wines are from countries where winemaking was imported during and after the age of exploration. Think, the US, South Africa, Chile, Australia, Argentina and New Zealand. Of course, the list is more expansive than this but these are the “big” names.

vinescalifornia

Guests are arriving and they could be bringing any array of bottles for the night or perhaps you have some to serve but are unsure of how cold or chilled it should be? My go-to for answers, Wine Folly, suggests the following: Does the wine taste too ‘hot’ aka alcoholic? Try cooling it down. It doesn’t have any flavor? Try warming it up! Wine serving temperature greatly affects what flavors and aromas of the wine you’ll smell. Personal preference also matters. If you like drinking everything ice cold, go for it, but check out what you might be missing at…

santoriniwine

Wine lists can be terrifying, even if you know a little bit about wine. The only information you get is the Producer, Wine Type, Region and Vintage. That doesn’t mean a ton to you if you don’t know anything about it but it actually holds all the information you need to decide. Let’s break it down: 2012 Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo Castorani Abuzzo  47  2012– the year it was produced (vintage). Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo- tells you what kind of wine it is by grape variety, region or wine name (implying the blend). Here, it is the type of grape used. Castorani-…

Cheers! I hope you have a glass of wine in hand and are ready to come on this journey with me to learn more about the wine we love so much and even about the wine we may not care for; Oakey Chardonnay, anyone?  We’ll be talking about the most common types of wine and expanding into the varietals. We’ll discuss regions and vineyards and bottles at different price points, wine pairings and good bottles to gift. Before you know it, you’ll be the one your friends go to for wine recommendations. My sources are varied but include the best…

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