7 Fun Facts plus Events for #ChampagneDay Friday, Oct 21

Did you know that the first #Champagne vineyards in the French region of the same name were planted by the Romans in the third century A.D?

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Exploring Flavors of Jura Food and Wine — Vin Jaune, Trousseau — with #Winophiles


So excuse me, but my ignorance is going to show a bit here…  this is how we learn, right?

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Oxnard Steampunk Fest Celebrates Whimsy with Beer, Wine Tasting


Jump on your airship and cast away to Oxnard CA for this weekend’s Steampunk Festival as Heritage Square celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Heritage Square with all that’s whimsical: music, costume contests, workshops, vendors, and more PLUS beer and wine tasting!


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We say #MerlotMe with savory squash soup, salad, grilled cheese sammies for #WinePW


This October for Wine Pairing Weekend we say #MerlotMe!

To help us out, a number of wineries in Washington, Oregon and California, including Napa Valley, have sent select wine bloggers bottles of Merlot so we can #MerlotMe all month and pair them with food.

Clearly this was a challenge for Que Syrah Sue and I were happy to undertake!


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Santa Barbara County Wine Country Celebrates Harvest 2016


Silent auction items at Santa Barbara Wine’s Celebration of Harvest 2015

We are in the midst of a four day Celebration of Harvest in Santa Barbara Wine Country this weekend from today October 7 through Monday October 10. While Santa Barbara is getting famous for its grapes, it offers much more agricultural wealth than just the kind you drink!

Special Santa Barbara Wine Country Events this weekend include dinners, open houses, seminars, Vintners Visa, and the highlight of the Celebration of Harvest Weekend, the Festival’s Grand Tasting on Saturday, October 8th with noon for early entry ($125) and 1:00 for general admission ($90).

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Regenerative Agriculture: Now in a beer can near you!

Did you know Patagonia, the revolutionary clothing company, is now trying to revolutionize food?


Just as Patagonia got people to think about the life cycle of clothing, and to get businesses to donate 1% of profits to the planet, Patagonia is now taking on FOOD. Because, as Yvon Chouinard shared last spring in Ventura, clothing companies are too slow in changing and the planet needs our help desperately. He argues that since food production is causing so many problems for climate, we need to change what we eat.


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Easy Fall Fun Flavorful Food with Italian Wines from a Castle!


Fall is harvest, and that means bountiful, hearty foods and flavors. As the temperatures drop, people are drawn to warm flavors that make you feel good inside. Hearty Italian wines pair wonderfully well with these hearty foods and flavors.

But you don’t need to do a full on complicated meal (like we did here)  to take advantage of the plentiful fall foods like squash and tomatoes.

For this month’s “fall” theme for the Italian Food Wine Travel prompt, we decided to take an easy uncomplicated route because our schedule was just too hectic to do anything more! On a recent weeknight,  Sue dropped by Trader Joe’s for raviolis and she made a sauce (recipe below) which we paired three wines from August’s #WineStudio that I was too sick to taste (plus a Prosecco!)


  • Castello di Magione 2013 Monterone Grechetto Colli del Trasimeno DOC
  • Castello di Magione 2014 Sangiovese Umbria IGT
  • Castello di Magione 2008 Morcinaia Colli del Trasimeno DOC

But these weren’t just any Italian wines. As this is a post for #ItalianWFT, I wanted Italian wines that had a nice travel story. And these do–they come from a CASTLE! And they have a great story that includes the Order of Malta which is active in 120 countries and is working hard on various relief projects including recovering from the devastating August 2016 earthquake.  

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