Sue’s Top 10 Memorable Meals and Wonderful Wines of 2022

Orange wines for summer times with tasty bites

Does it feel like we’re being surrounded by Top 10 Lists of 2022? And yet, here comes another one! Every year I ask my fellow Wine Predator Sue Hill to tell me her Top 10 wines but she can’t give me her Top 10 Wines she says because the experience of the wine is always so intertwined with the meal. So I asked her to send me her Top 10 Favorite Blog Posts we’ve created in 2022. Continue reading

Top 10 Sparkling Moments of 2022

Clink different with sparkling wine secrets from around the world

Happy New Year! On New Year’s Eve, more than any other except maybe a wedding day, all minds go to sparkling wine. Sparkling wine is one of my favorite beverages and I drink it all year– and not just on special occasions! So as I’m preparing Top 10 2022 lists from Sue and I, I thought I’d take a look to see what we did with sparkling wine in 2022 and I came up with this Top 10 Sparkling Moments for 2022: 

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It’s Party Time! Try Uruguay’s Vermut Flores and Italy’s Organic Corvezzo for Cocktails

Chile’s Vermut Flores and Italy’s Organic Corvezzo for Cocktails

“I don’t like wine,” said my friend Maria. “It tastes sour, like vinegar. But I do like wine cocktails!”   As much as I love wine, the idea of making a cocktail with it seems a waste of good wine.   However, there is much more to making cocktails with wine than putting gin in it like one guy did on a date saying “I know you like wine but it doesn’t do much, so here” as he poured gin into my red wine which I was enjoying with my steak just fine. Wine as a component might also offer a lower alcohol alternative to a more powerful drink– just the opposite of what that long ago date wanted. Continue reading

For the New Year, New Wine: Discover Sandro de Bruno Durello DOC Dynamic Durella Sparkling Wine

Durello DOC’s Dynamic Durella Sparkling Wine from Sandro De Bruno

Looking for an unusual traditional method sparkling wine that offers complexity, minerality, elegance, and age worthiness? How about one that is so unusual most people have never heard of the grape or the place where it’s grown? Located in the Veneto region of Italy in the hilly biodiverse pre-Alps next to a national park and museum featuring marine fossils found nearby, volcanic high-elevation Continue reading

Happy Holidays 2022!

Wishing you the joys of the season!

IT’S FINE I’M FINE EVERYTHING IS FINE! Well, here we are smack dab in the holiday season! While Solstice, Hanukah, and Christmas may be past, the days are getting longer, we’re in the 12 Days of Christmas, plus Kwanzaa, AND New Year’s Eve is on the horizon! Not to mention Continue reading

From Otago with Love: Organic Loveblock’s Pinot Noir Paired with Duck Breasts #WorldWineTravel

Loveblock’s Pinot Noir

Some gatherings are large and some are small– especially when it comes to holiday gatherings! Sometimes you may be planning on two or three people and suddenly there’s five or six or more. That’s where an expandable cheeseboard, a salad, and something special like family style sliced duck breasts with mushroom rice pilaf served in a roasted squash come to play with wine with screw tops from New Zealand’s Loveblock winery: a Pinot Noir from Otago in the southern part of the South Island and a bottle of their Sauvignon Blanc Tee.  Continue reading