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Valentine’s Day Poems and Matching Sparkling Rosés to Inspire

I don’t know much about poems let alone ones for Valentine’s Day. Luckily, I know Annelies from The Food Poet. We somewhat recently reconnected at the International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) in Seattle, and talked about doing a little poetry and wine collaboration. I’d like to say that when we talked at IFBC in September, [...]

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Olive Oil Poached Tuna Salad and Terredora di Paolo Rosé

When I’m not stuffing my face with burritos and pizza, I do occasionally eat a salad like this one with olive oil poached tuna I enjoyed for lunch at Agrodolce in Seattle. Sometimes I hear people say that salad is a “challenging” thing to pair with wine. You know what’s challenging? Climbing Mt. Everest. Salad [...]

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A French Sparkling Rosé That Evokes Emotion

Hey, did you hear I got nominated for a Saveur Best Food Blog Award? Yes, in the category of Best Wine or Beer Blog! This post was going to be about that exciting news. But certainly a fair number of people who haven’t read my blog before are going to discover it via Saveur. And [...]

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My Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Will be Cheap and Cheerful

While I wouldn’t blame you for finding this vintage postcard distressing, your selection of a Thanksgiving dinner wine should not put you under duress. Keep it cheap and cheerful. Sealed with a  screwcap? Even better. No fumbling for a corkscrew or someone who knows how to use it.  With that in mind, this year I’m [...]

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Italian Rosé Update: Il Chiaretto

Through the magic of the internet, my enthusiastic post about an Italian rosé called “Il Chiaretto” from producer Azienda Agricola San Giovanni found its way to the importer, A.I. Selections. I got a nice e-mail from their East Coast Manager, Birk O’Halloran, who was kind enough to let me share his additional comments concerning a [...]

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An Italian Rosé and a Fresh Summer Salad for Outdoor Dining

Would you look at this nice, sweaty-from-the fridge, Italian rosé? You just know it’s going to be lovely with a fresh summer salad and, most importantly, a group of friends. The bottle you see pictured, the Il Chiaretto from producer Azienda Agricola San Giovanni, comes in squat little bottle that has a sturdy presence on [...]

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Vin de Savoie Rosé is a Wine That Makes Afternoons Perfect

Though not familiar with Vin de Savoie rosé,  a wine hailing from the eastern edge of France touching Switzerland and Italy, I’m going to give any dry, pink wine from France a fair shake (and sip) when set in front of me. Especially when I’m at Bar Ferd’nand in the spacious and impressive Melrose Market, [...]

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Spindrift Cellars Oregon Rosé for a Thirsty Summer

I’ll admit to a strong predilection towards rosé from Southern France, particularly the regions of Provence and Bandol. But that doesn’t mean I’m immune to the charms of an Oregon Rosé, especially when it is as delightful as the Spindrift Cellars. Made from Oregon’s most famous grape, Pinot Noir, the Spindrift Cellars is textbook pleasure [...]

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Sunday Brunch With Bacon and Eggs Plus a Sparkling Rosé Discovery

A complete Easter Sunday brunch with friends should include not only bacon and eggs but also sparkling rosé. The Aimery Cremant de Limoux Brut Rosé is so totally in my wheelhouse. Pale and very dry, it cuts right through your smoky, eggy, cheesy, rich brunch fare with enthusiasm. If you’re wondering what the “1531” refers [...]

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A Contender for Best Rosé Wine in Washington State

I like my pink wine pale and austere. That’s why the 2011 Hedges Family Estate House of Independent Producers Rosé of Cabernet Franc (phew!) is going to the top of my list for best rosé wine in Washington. At yesterday’s ceremony for the Washington Wine Restaurant Awards, the savvy Washington Wine Commission made sure there [...]

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