Off to Loire: Saumur-Champigny and Tritip Summer Salad #Winophiles

On Bastille Day, July 14, Sue Hill and I competed in a battle of palates in the US Open Wine Tasting Championship. Much to our surprise, we won second place and the opportunity to travel and compete in the World Championships which this year will be held in the Loire (more here). As you can imagine, we are VERY excited! While the Championships take place on Oct 12 , we are a planning on spending almost two weeks in France, with at least several days exploring the Loire and staying near the Château de Chambord where the World Wine Tasting Championships are slated to take place.

Known as the heart of France and as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Loire Valley provides visitors experiences rich in culture and history, natural beauty, magnificent châteaux, great wine.

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Summer in a Glass: Sauv Blanc from Touraine, Sancerre, Santa Paula CA

3 Sauvignon Blanc from Loire and Ventura County, CA

So how did we really win a spot on the US Open Wine Tasting Team AND a trip to Loire, France in October, where, with ay luck, we will taste sauvignon blanc to our hearts content for at least a day or two?

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For the Love of Lugana #ItalianFWT

On the first weekend of October, the Italian Food Wine Travel group AND the Wine Bloggers’ Conference will be experiencing a LOVE OF LUGANA!

Because Lugana DOC will be pouring their wines at the 2018 Wine Bloggers Conference this weekend in Walla Walla WA AND I’m hosting the Italian Food Wine Travel group as we check out this wine and region with a twitter chat on Sat Oct 6 from 8-9am Pacific Time using these hashtags

#Lugana #LakeGarda #VinoLuganaDOC

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Let’s Do Brunch! #WinePW May 13

Brunch = sparkling wine!

Instead of England’s early Sunday dinner, a postchurch ordeal of heavy meats and savory pies, why not a new meal, served around noon, that starts with tea or coffee, marmalade and other breakfast fixtures before moving along to the heavier fare?

By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday-night carousers. It would promote human happiness in other ways as well.

“Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting.” Beringer wrote. “It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.”

— William Grimes, “At Brunch, The More Bizarre The Better” New York Times, 1998[7] (from Wikipedia’s Brunch entry)

Whether you stay up late carousing or you’re trying to figure out what to do for Mother’s Day, let’s do brunch this month for Wine Pairing Weekend! Continue reading

PS I Love You Hits The Road; Reviews of Petite Sirah by Cantara, Back Patio

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This Sat. Feb. 6, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m,

10 Participating Wineries
will share their Petite Sirah wines

 Vina Robles Hospitality Center
Paso Robles, CA

Barr Estate Winery

Berryessa Gap Vineyards

Cantara Cellars

Clayhouse Wines

Graveyard Vineyards

Gustafson Family Vineyards

Red Soles Winery

Robert Biale Vineyards

Le Cuvier Winery

Vina Robles Winery

PS I Love You’s signature February event “Dark & Delicious” is on the road!

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Get on the Good Foot Via Twitter Events

Did you miss me? After a rather long holiday hiatus, it’s time to “Get on the Good Foot” again and get my blog on!1510871_10152440148100924_2187829704039238759_n

First up: ever wonder how in the world to participate in a Twitter event?

I know I talk about doing wine twitter tasting often on this blog because I do a few of them each month (for example #WineStudio on Tuesdays and #WineChat on Wednesdays). But what exactly are the nuts and bolts?

This has come up because an online community that I am part of “Healthy 2015” is using Dr. Mark Hyman’s book, The 10 Day Detox Diet.

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Because his The Blood Sugar Solution Paperback edition came out 12/30/14, he is hosting a New Year’s discussion on health, wellness, recipes, food, nutrition and all things health TODAY at 4pm PST.

And he invites us to bring our comments and questions and to get ready to win some prizes including signed copies of the Blood Sugar Solution book to participants chosen randomly!

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