Corsican Rosé at Pizzeria Otto

Posted on: July 27th, 2015 by
pizzeria otto kitchen

Hot damn, look at this beauty from Pizzeria Otto. I was briefly in Portland, Oregon, and wanted to check out this place since it came highly recommended from my pals Mary and Sean. I was overnighting at their house and it’s not too far away so perfect, right? (Confidential to Mary and Sean: Left you a [More]

Lambrusco Pairing: Parmigiano-Reggiano is Heavenly

Posted on: July 21st, 2015 by
Lambrusco Pairing Parmigiano Reggiano

Wine and cheese, blah blah blah. Ok, not so blah in the flavor department. Truth be told, I don’t like the vast majority of wine with cheese, especially red wines. (Sancerre and Crottin de Chavignol goat cheese, however, is my all-time favorite match.) But I recently experienced a game-changer thanks to a Lambrusco pairing that was [More]

Podcast: Summer Wines With Marissa A. Ross

Posted on: July 15th, 2015 by
marissa a. ross

I did a lot of things while in New York to attend the SAVEUR Blog Awards. But at the top of the cool list was hanging out with fellow nominee, Comedian and Writer Marissa A. Ross. (BTW, get out the broom because she swept the wine category, taking home both the Reader’s and Editor’s Choice!) If [More]

What Red Wine Pairs With Salmon?

Posted on: July 13th, 2015 by
salmon and morels

Living in the Pacific Northwest, pairing salmon with Oregon Pinot Noir is a big thing. And a good thing. (Hi, Martha.) But can you consider, for a moment, an alternative? Red Wine For Salmon? Try Beaujolais Go Gamay, go! I love you so. The grape that makes the wonderful red wines of Beaujolais is so choice. [More]

A White Wine to Pair with Gravlax

Posted on: July 9th, 2015 by
salmon gravlax westward seattle

I spent a warm hour or so indoors* at Seattle’s Westward during our recent run of 90 degree weather and wanted nothing to do with any food that would come to me heated. Luckily this restaurant had two things that cooled me down: Gravlax and Jane Ventura Blanc Selecció 2014 You know I love Jane Ventura’s Cava. (Read all about [More]

Le Brun Cidre from Brittany: Cider Love

Posted on: July 6th, 2015 by
Le Brun Brut Cidre

Let’s talk about cider. It’s hot: the weather and the beverage. What could be more perfect than fermented apple juice? I was recently sent a couple sample bottles that are perfect for summer love. Or lurv. Whatever. What makes them so seasonally delightful besides their obvious refreshing ways? Well, how about their low alcohol content? [More]

2014 La Bastide Blanche: A Plaque in the Rosé Hall of Fame

Posted on: July 1st, 2015 by
La Bastide Blanch Bandol Rosé

What, you haven’t toured the hallowed, be-pinked grounds of the Rosé Hall of Fame? And the spectacle contained within? Ok, me neither. Because it doesn’t exist. Except…IN MY MIND. I love rosé so much. It’s a year-roundable wine; drink it in the winter. But, naturally, when things heat up, rosé coverage blows up. And I am [More]

Tinder, Oak, and Chardonnay

Posted on: June 24th, 2015 by
Tinder Match

When it comes to California Chardonnay, you can go in many different directions. From lean to opulent, there is a wide spectrum of styles. And Jordan Winery, encompassing 1,200 gorgeous acres of Alexander Valley, really tickled my fancy with how their Chardonnay flag flies. I’ve been enjoying Chardonnay from Jordan for the last few vintages and they really [More]

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