I was at lunch with my friend Jodi at Paradise Pantry in Downtown Ventura many years ago. I was painstakingly perusing the wines list, trying to decide on a flight or a glass or… and what was I going to eat and how would it pair… all the usual for me. She’s decided already, and quickly so I asked. “Oh, I’m ordering sauvignon Blanc,” she replied. “I always do. It’s always good and it always goes with what I want to eat– salads and seafood.” Continue reading
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Sonoma’s Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc Sings Spring with Pesto Halibut
Spring is in the air everywhere signaling that it’s time for Sauvignon Blanc with Sauvignon Blanc Day coming up each year on the first Friday of the month of May, and celebrated with events all weekend all over the world! We have two days of wines and pairings, with four wines from around the world tomorrow, and today, two from Sonoma’s Chalk Hill which is celebrating over 50 years of wine making, including iconic Sauvignon Blanc! Continue reading
A Special Brunch for all the Mothers: Biodynamic Champagne Roederer “Collection 243” with Quiche + Salad
Grape growers generally don’t just wake up one morning and go from farming conventionally using synthetic pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides, basically killing the soil (and in Champagne making the water some of the most polluted on Earth) and everything except the vines to farming sustainably by going organic, biodynamic and/or regenerative and renewing the ecosystem. Vines that have been farmed with fertilizer and other synthetics basically have been on drugs, often for their entire lives, which means the vines need to be weaned off the drugs, and the soil needs to be repaired. It’s a process, and along the way, farmers– who often at heart are really scientists with farmers who are winemakers more like mad-scientists– Continue reading
A Toast to #EarthDayEveryDay and Earth Activists Everywhere with Biodynamic and Organic Waterford Whisky + Bread Pudding
With Earth Day come and gone and Earth Month almost over, let’s toast to #EarthDayEveryDay and all who did so much for the Earth this month with Biodynamic and Organic Waterford Whisky! Here on Wine Predator, we love organic and biodynamic products — and we love our whisky because we do not live by wine alone! So I was thrilled when we were offered samples of these beautiful Irish Waterford Distillery bottles of whisky that are organic and biodynamic which we paired with bread pudding that Sue Hill made… and yes, with a whisky sauce and homemade whipped cream!
Robert Hall’s Deep Dive Into Differences In Farming Bears Successful Fruit: Sparkling, GSM, Cabernet Sauvignon + Pairings
What is regenerative viticulture all about? What’s the same or different between organic, biodynamic or regenerative organic? That’s what I was trying to explain to my husband after his query as we drove back from the Santa Paula Agricultural Museum following a panel discussion on the topic of regenerative agriculture. I explained about the three legs of the stool: people, planet, profits. To me, for wine, what it really comes down to is this: in biodynamic and regenerative organic vineyards and agricultural spaces, the land is much more ALIVE: cover crops enrich the soil full of microbial activity, the air is busy with beneficial buzzing insects and birds singing, the woods and other nearby natural spaces house diverse animals. The land is ALIVE –and so is the fruit. At Robert Hall Winery in Eastside Paso Robles, they are taking a deep dive into understanding the differences between being Certified California Sustainable Winemakers (which is an important first step) to their Regenerative Organic Certification by comparing these practices on 4o acres of their estate vineyards. Continue reading
Protect Earth with Chile’s Biodynamic Matetic EQ Sauvignon Blanc Paired with Chimichurri Blackened Halibut #WorldWineTravel
In 2023, we celebrate the 53rd anniversary of Earth Day– when the people of Earth first came together to officially recognize the gifts of the planet we call home, and marks the birth of the modern environmental movement. Over the past 50 years, we’ve made a lot of progress to protect out planet from pollution and resource extraction. Land is being protected, and rewilding efforts have returned animals to their homes, restoring ecosystems from soils to the skies. Organic produce and other products are easier to find– including in wine, thanks to a few pioneers in conservation, permaculture, biodynamics, agroecology, and regenerative organic viticulture.
Countering Paris Blues with French Rosé and Monte Cristo Seasoned Fontal Sandwiches for #Winophiles
Paris. The City of Light. Named after the Parisii, a Gallic people who inhabited it early in its history. Subject of countless works of art, including films. Home to street cafes– which in turn are home to stolen kisses, substantial sighs, sips of coffee, and nibbles of treats both savory and sweet.
I’ve been in Paris in the heat of summer Continue reading