Regional Rioja Pairings: Tempranillo, Viura, Rosado with bean kale soup, orange avo salad, rack of lamb, patatas bravas #WorldWineTravel

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For a Special Evening at Home: Bordeaux’s Sweet, Sparkling, Savory Surprises #Winophiles

Bordeaux: white, red, rose– and it comes in sweet and sparkling too!

What’s new, different, or surprising about the venerable, distinguished and well known wine region Bordeaux?

  • As of July 2019, to combat climate change, Bordeaux wineries can use four new red grapes: Marselan, Touriga Nacional, Castets, and Arinarnoa.
  • New white grapes allowed in Bordeaux are Alvarinho, Petit Manseng, and Liliorila.
  • Bordeaux wines come in in a wide range of styles and colors: still, sparkling, sweet, white, rose, and red.
  • Bordeaux wines can be affordable! They don’t have to be red tannic monsters that break the bank.
  • Bordeaux’s diversity of wines means there’s one for every occasion and menu!

In fact for a special evening at home, you can enjoy a range of sweet, savory, and sparkling wines paired with a romantic menu and barely break a $20 bill.

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Sushi and Wine? Totally Fine! Here’s 21 to Try in 2021 #WinePW

I write about food and wine, so it would be expected that my social media has pictures of both, right? And because we’re total cheese whores around here, there’s lot of photos of wine and cheese. Oh and oysters! After that, believe it or not, I take and post a lot of pictures of wine and sushi.

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My Top 20 Wine Stories from 2020

Reflecting on 2020, the year that wasn’t but still was, I was fortunate to travel around the world via my wine glass and ZOOM. On my virtual travels, and travels before the shutdown, many winemakers shared their stories. And with no where to go and nothing to do, I also found more time to write about the adventures in wine I’ve had including those that Sue Hill and I had in France in October 2019 when we visited for two weeks while in the country to compete for the US Wine Tasting team as well as a trip to Napa and Sonoma earlier in the year. Continue reading

Going with Lugana in 2021 #ItalianFWT

Colli Vaibo “Gemma” Lugana Riserva DOC

Like many wine writers, I’m asked all the time what’s my favorite wine. My response is always: what’s on the menu?

Because there are so many unusual and indigenous wines in Italy, choosing a favorite Italian wine is even harder, Continue reading

Happy New Year! Here’s 20 from 2020 To Try for 2021

Wines we loved in 2020 includes this sparkling Erbaluce imported by Verovino (sample)

In 2020, here on Wine Predator I published over 150 blog posts with over 222,000 words where we discussed the over 300 wines Sue Hill and I tasted and usually paired with food, writing about what worked and what didn’t.

Gotta say, just about every pairing we did in 2020 was a success so it’s challenging to choose. Lots to be grateful for.

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New Year’s Eve: 2020 24 Hours To Go! I Wanna Be Sedated

2020 24 Hours to go!

The sparkling wine is chilling, the glasses clean, and it’s time to say GOOD RIDDANCE to 2020! 

In 2020, when we had nothing to do and no where to go, can you think of a better song than “I Wanna Be Sedated” by the Ramones to ring in the New Year? 

20, 20, 20, 4, hours to go
I wanna be sedated
Nothing to do, nowhere to go, oh
I wanna be sedated
Just put me in a wheelchair, get me to the show
Hurry, hurry, hurry, before I go loco
I can’t control my fingers, I can’t control my toes
Oh no oh-oh oh-oh
Bam-bam-bambam bambam-bam-bambam, I wanna be sedated

No kidding!  Research shows that in 2020 we did wanna be sedated: Continue reading