On Grill: Salmon, Squash, Stone Fruit; In Glass: Square Peg Pinot Noir for #WinePW

Grilled veggies, grilled stone fruit smoked trout salad, grilled Copper River Salmon paired with Square Peg Pinot Noir

I don’t know about you but there’s something on our grill almost every night– and something in a glass to go with it!

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A toast to Rose Day with Cote Mas Brut!

Tomorrow is the second Saturday of June — which means it is Rose Day!  Cheers!

Join us on June 10 in celebrating this festive, pretty in pink wine! Go sweet like my grandma or dry like the traditional style from Provence France or explore the world of Rose and its many variances in style, sweetness, color, technique of production, and grape!

This month on #WineStudio, we are once again going pink! On Tuesdays from 6-7pm PST, we are tasting wines from four different regions starting with France, traveling to Spain on June 13, then two sites in California: Mendocino and Napa.

6 June – We were joined on twitter by fourth-generation vine grower and first generation vigneron Jean-Claude Mas who says “Languedoc is a destination for fine rosé, thanks to the wide variety of soils and ideal varietals.” We tasted Coté Mas Rosé Aurore​ 2016 Sud de France $11 and  Arrogant Frog Rosé 2016 Languedoc $10 (and compared them to two wines from Lodi)  plus 

Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux Rosé Brut NV St. Hilaire Languedoc $16 which is a great wine to toast Rose Day with!

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Rose Wine from Lodi and France: Pair With Grilled Tuna, Fruit for Taco Tues

Taco Tuesday! Rose Day! Judgment of Lodi! #WineStudio!

What do these have in common?

  1. Rose Day is the second Saturday of June; in 2017, that is Sat. June 10.
  2. Last weekend I was on a press trip to Lodi CA where I bought a case of wine, including four bottles of ROSE!
  3. Lodi Wine Commission recently did a blind tasting that compared Lodi wines with those from other parts of the world to see how they measured up; read Nancy Brazil’s report on it here. 
  4. We bought a whole tuna in May so that we could make tuna tacos for Taco Tuesday to pair with rose.
  5. #WineStudio this month features rose, and on June 6, we had three samples from Paul Mas.
  6. #WinePW has a grillables theme that got us going on the grill.
  7. The blind tasting we did of five rose wines from around the world was FUN!

So for this month’s Taco Tuesday post, we celebrated rose day early with a comparison of two rose wines from France with two rose wines from Lodi a las the Judgement of Paris aka the Judgement of Lodi and paired them with grilled ahi tuna with grilled fruit. Read on for the results!

yes that’s a tuna taco

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June Wine/Brew/Music Festivals to check out in Ojai, LA, Santa Barbara

The next three weekends in June each have a fun wine festival in Southern California that YOU should attend!

First up, on Sunday June 11 from 11:30 (for VIPs) to 4pm  is OJAI’s Wine Festival presented by Rotary Club of Ojai-West now in its 31st year! This is Sue’s absolutely most FAVORITE WINE FESTIVAL; Continue reading

Anselmi’s Passito Dessert Wine IS Dessert! Biscotti? OK! #ItalianFWT

For this month’s Italian Food Wine Travel prompt about Sweet Wine from Italy, we decided to keep to do something different and keep it simple! As regular readers know, we usually go ALL OUT with multi course meals and several wines for our regular monthly features about Italian wine and food on the first Saturday of the month, a general prompt for wine pairing on the second Saturday, and French food and wine on the the third Saturday of the month.

But this time, partly because of our busy schedules, we decided to just let the wine shine and so Sue picked up a chocolate almond tart and a tarimisu torte from Trader Joe’s. Unfortunately, the wine didn’t really play well with these choices.

And honestly, Anselmi – 2011 I Capitelli is so good it deserves to be left alone!

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Behind the Wine in Lodi CA: In the Mood with Michael David Petite Sirah


Hello Lodi –again! and no I don’t feel stuck at all — instead I feel grateful! Last summer when I was here in Lodi for the Wine Bloggers Conference, I was suffering a great deal of pain in my heels. Turns out, I had STRESS FRACTURES in both feet following an intense Sierra backpack trip! As you can imagine, I didn’t get out and around as much as I’d like.

And so I am thrilled today to be here in LODI for a “behind the wine” experience!

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What’s Up for June; What Went Down in May!

Cheers! Sue and I hosted Italian Sparkling wine in May for B#ItalianFWT

Lots going on here at Wine Predator Land so I thought I’d start the month of June off with a round up of last month and what to look forward in the coming month! In May, I published 14 blog posts (that’s almost one every other day!) and in June I plan to publish 10-12 blog posts (2-3 a week).

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