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.
The Loire Valley is France’s third largest wine-producing region: Continue reading
that moment when we found out we’d won second place and be going to France to compete in the World Wine Tasting Championships … photo by Heber Pelayo
We can hardly believe it. We beat out three members of last year’s winning team, and we came close to scoring enough points to be in first place.
It wasn’t easy, but we never felt pressured or overwhelmed.
How did we do it? Continue reading
With July 4 past, we’re solidly in summer BBQ season.
First off, let’s get something straight: there’s a difference between BBQ and grilling.
What pairs with paella?
This seafood saffron infused treat from Valencia Spain is rice that is cooked over an open fire which uses orange and pine branches as well as pine cones; this aromatic smoke infuses the paella. Cooking on the grill outside when it is too hot to be inside makes it excellent summer fare. You can also cut back on dinner dishes if you serve it the traditional way where you eat directly out of the paellera!
But what pairs well with these rich complex flavors? We set out to find out! Continue reading
When it comes to the sparkling wines of the world, Prosecco from Italy is sure to come to mind. Continue reading