Thirsty Thursday Twitter Tastings 6/27 with #AlsaceRocks & #WFMwine

Today, Thursday June 27from 4-6pm  is one heckuva  Thirsty Thursday! We’ve got 8 bottles of wine to open, taste and tweet about!
Annie AnyDay, Que Syrah Sue, and I plus a few more friends will be popping corks and posting notes Continue reading

Discover Why Riesling From #AlsaceRocks

What comes to mind when you think about  Riesling? Sweet? Or too sweet?

Guess agaWebin!

What about Alsace?

If you’re a typical American, I’d bet you probably don’t know that…

Alsace is a region in the Northeastern corner of France, right next to Germany and above Switzerland with 38,300 acres of vines, with over 13%  organic or biodynamic, making the region one of the greenest in France. In 2011, Alsace produced 12.5 million cases of wine.

Alsace has 13 different and very distinct types of soil from volcanic to limestone to clay, the most diverse terroir in France. 

Alsace is in the rain shadow of the Vosges Mountains making it the second driest region in France with around 20 inches of rain per year. Alsace also experiences a lot of sunshine with 1,800 hours annually. Warm days and cool nights allow for slow ripening, which produces complex, aromatic and balanced wines.

Alsace produces mostly white wines: still, sparkling, and sweet, but also Pinot Noir.

Crémant d’Alsace makes up 24% of the production and is produced in the tradition method from Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir (all Crémant d’Alsace Rosés are 100% Pinot Noir) or Chardonnay (only for Crémant production).Yum! Read about the Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace we opened for Mother’s Day!

So what should you pair with that Riesling from Alsace now that you know that it’s not necessarily sweet? Continue reading

Which Wine Goes With Which Cheese?

576237_10151378942482017_811538110_nWhich cheese should you pair with which wine? Which wine goes with which cheese?

This wine/cheese pie chart from Wine Fetch offers a few ways to answer that question.

I’m preparing for a Twitter tasting of four Rieslings from Alsace on Thursday  from 4-5pm (more on that in tomorrow’s post!) so Annie AnyDay and I were discussing today what we should fix to pair with them.

Since Paradise Pantry is now open Continue reading

Getting Around: Fun Wine Map of California

MetroMapCADon’t you just love this wine map of California by DeLongWine.Com? This is one in a series of Wine Maps with these regions available currently:

They’re $25 unframed or $100 framed; I think they should turn them into boxed note cards or postcards! In fact, I’m going to suggest to them to do postcards of California for the Wine Bloggers Conference in 2014 in Santa Barbara for the gift bags.

They also offer a number of  free resources including Wine Tasting Note Forms.

This map is part of a series of fun posts using infographics, tables, charts, and maps. Here’s an infographic about the evolution of PR. Coming up: a pie chart about how to pair wine and cheese, and an inforgraphic about reisling. And then I hope to have my series of posts about Tinhorn Creek in BC ready to post!

Check out an infographic about ME here!

The Evolution of Public Relations: The Infographic


I don’t know about you, but I love Infographics and various graphic representations of data.

In fact, I am so enamoured of them that I’ve signed up for Vizify which has made an infographic about ME which you can see here.

I’ve come across a few great ones recently so I’m going to post a series of them.

Today is “The Evolution of Public Relations” which I found here.  I appreciate how this infographic emphasizes permission marketing and social media strategies including blogging.

Tomorrow is a fun variation of a wine map of California.

Then I’ve been holding onto a handy pie chart that pairs wines with cheeses so that’s next.

Finally, I’ll post an infographic about Riesling in advance of the Alsatian Riesling twitter tasting that I’m participating in on Thursday.

And then I hope I will have my series of posts about Tinhorn Creek in British Columbia ready for publication…

Karma & London Calling

ahoyChelanAs I’m moving into my 10th year of marriage, my son is heading into 5th grade, I’m in my 15 year of teaching writing at the community college level, I’m 12 years into a 30 year mortgage, and I’m almost done with my second year of my PhD (about to earn a second Masters, this one in Depth Psychology), I sometimes see  opportunities and say, hmmn, I wonder, I wish. What if.

Shoulda coulda woulda. Continue reading

Today’s #LambruscoDay: Time for Summer’s Fizzy Fun Red Wine!

Will Lambrusco, that delightful bubbly red wine from Italy, be the next Prosecco, that delightful white bubbly wine from Italy that took the US by storm nearly 10 years ago?

Kitten Likes LambruscoWe’ll see!

In the meantime, the perfect time to check out Lambrusco is today Friday June 21, 2013–the first day of summer and Lambrusco Day!

I was sent a sample of the IL Mionetto Lambrusco so Annie and I opened it up yesterday in anticipation of Lambrusco Day. Annie said,

“This is a lot of fun for 10 Bucks!”

And I agree! Continue reading