Yearly Archives: 2012

I’m All Over My Man’s Belly With Sparkling Wine and Food Pairing

Very excited to get to write a guest post about one of my favorite subjects (sparkling wine and food pairing) on my friend Pamela’s blog, My Man’s Belly. I leisurely perused many of Pamela’s recipes to find everything from cauliflower tabbouleh to pita chips with ranch seasoning to raspberry scones, and then picked an appropriately [More]

Posted in sparkling wine | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

To Bordeaux: Wine, Markets, Bicycling, and Boat Rides

I’m leaving shortly on a media trip to Bordeaux sponsored by Planet Bordeaux (the Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur Vintners’ Association). This will mark my first time in Bordeaux, home of arguably the most famous, collectible, and valuable wines in the world. But this is just a fraction of the wine produced in Bordeaux. I’m looking [More]

Posted in Bordeaux | 4 Comments

2010 Waters Tremolo: Sweet Notes of a Washington Red Wine

What does it take to produce a truly unique Washington red wine? In the case of the the 2010 Waters Tremolo it’s the combination of a challenging vintage and a winemaker who has been waiting to accept the challenge. Though my preconceived notion of Eastern Washington is that it is a never-ending kiln of searing [More]

Posted in Washington | Tagged | 8 Comments

I Dare You to Saber Champagne With Your iPad

  Would you risk your iPad to saber Champagne? No, you don’t need an actual sword to remove the cork (and the top of the bottle). This short and sweet video, which I owe Maxine* of The Bookery Cook a debt of gratitude for sending my way, stars Benoit Tarlant of Champagne Tarlant. He shows [More]

Posted in Champagne | Tagged , | 8 Comments

An Okanagan Valley Gewurztraminer Rules the Roost

I was so impressed with a sample bottle of an Okanagan Valley Gewurztraminer made by Red Rooster Winery that I contacted the winemaker, Karen Gillis, to find out more. You can see the bulk of my interview with her on Foodista. Here are a couple bonus questions, focusing on next year’s Wine Bloggers Conference in [More]

Posted in British Columbia, foodista, WBC13 | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A Concrete Egg Hatches a Haywire Wine

What does a concrete egg have to do with wine? I was curious to find out when I received a sample bottle of the 2011 Haywire Winery Pinot Gris that stated “Raised in Concrete” on the front label. So I contacted the co-owner of this British Colubmia winery, Christine Coletta, to ask her about this [More]

Posted in British Columbia, foodista, WBC13 | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

BC 101: Introduction to British Columbia Wine Country

One of the best parts of attending the recent Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland, OR, was getting to meet so many fellow bloggers. So I wanted to note that a highlight of my visit to Phelps Creek (besides the scenery, food, and wine) was the company of many interesting people along for hay rides (!) [More]

Posted in British Columbia, WBC13 | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Six Dollar Ticket to a Hungarian Gruner Veltliner Sequel

Rarely is a sequel good as the original. Even rarer? When it’s better. So I’m considering the 2011 vintage of the Floriana, a Hungarian Gruner Veltliner (!), to be the The Godfather: Part II or The Empire Strikes Back of inexpensive Hungarian Gruner Veltliner. If you got a chance to read my thoughts about the [More]

Posted in Hungary, Trader Joe's | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments