Morellino di Scansano: Drinking Sangiovese in Florence

Posted on: October 1st, 2015 by
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Hi! I am still in Italy, because I could not leave. Stay tuned for a lot more on Sicily, but right now I’m chilling in an apartment in the Sant’Ambrogio area of Florence. And was welcomed by the owner of this place with a half bottle of Morellino di Scansano. Here’s a view from my [More]

Around Sicily in Four Days: Preview My Planeta Wine Journey

Posted on: September 23rd, 2015 by
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A quick post to let you know that I am headed back to Sicily. As I’ve said before, when it comes to wine there is no place more exciting than Sicily right now. I’m traveling there on a media trip with Palm Bay International to visit the properties of Planeta. Here’s where I’ll be: La Beronia, [More]

Seven Hills Winery: Inside Washington Wine With Erik McLaughlin (Podcast)

Posted on: September 22nd, 2015 by
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Ever travel to Texas to have a conversation about Walla Walla, Washington? That was the case when I attended TEXSOM, a fantastic and wildly informative educational wine conference, and took some time to speak with Erik McLaughlin. He’s the Vice President of Seven Hills Winery, a historic name in Walla Walla when it comes to [More]

Los Angeles Podcast Festival: Audio On!

Posted on: September 17th, 2015 by
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I am really excited to be headed to the Los Angeles Podcast Festival this weekend. The lineup of stellar programming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday includes a Who’s Who of podcasters. And each day a ton of those folks are recording special podcast episodes so I’ll get to sit in the audience and absorb and enjoy. It should be most [More]

Tim Heath of Cloudy Bay: Iconic Sauvignon Blanc and More (Podcast)

Posted on: September 16th, 2015 by
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Talk about an awesome one-two New Zealand podcast punch. After speaking with Sam Neill of Two Paddocks on my last episode, I welcome Winemaker Tim Heath from iconic winery Cloudy Bay. It’s hard to overstate the impact of Cloudy Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc. The wine played a big role in putting New Zealand on the global wine map. It [More]

Palate Journal: Art Meets Food via Imagery, Imagination, and Illustration

Posted on: September 15th, 2015 by
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Many of you will know I have been a long-time fan of The Bookery Cook. It’s a wonderful website and stupendously cool cookbook brought to you by three Australian sisters: Jessica, Georgia, and Maxine. (The latter I met while leading a food and wine pairing seminar at the International Food Blogger Conference. There’s even a video of [More]

Cider and Food Pairing Guide for Washington Cider Week

Posted on: September 13th, 2015 by
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Hi there! It’s Washington Cider Week NOW through the 20th of September. I really dig this cider and food pairing guide that the folks at the Northwest Cider Association put together. To recap: Dry with pulled pork, oily fish, or sausage Semi-sweet with spicy Asian cuisine, pasta with white sauce, or blue cheese Perry with [More]

Raptor Ridge Oregon Tempranillo: New World Meets Wild West

Posted on: September 12th, 2015 by
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I didn’t think, upon receiving an assortment of samples from Oregon’s Raptor Ridge, that I’d find their Tempranillo a stand-out among the offerings. This Willamette Valley winery heads south to the Rogue Valley–practically in California–to source the grapes for this red wine. Though Spain’s Rioja region is the premiere destination for Tempranillo, Raptor Ridge’s Oregon version provides [More]