Are You a Zinner? 5 CA Zinfandel With Eggplant Parmesan #ZinfandelDay

Are you a zinner?

We sure are! And not just on Zinfandel Day which is the third Wednesday of every November — just in time for Thanksgiving pairing ideas.

Sue is such a zinfandel fan that she may have a hundred or so bottles in her cellar from some of her favorites including Turley, Rangeland, and of course, Cantara where she is a tasting room manager. She’s a new fan of zinfandel from El Dorado county — she’s found that the altitude gives it something different. Continue reading

Go Grenache, Go Rasteau: 4 Paired with Lamb Daube #Winophiles


Rasteau is a small AOC in the Rhône region of southern France known for making sweet fortified wines, and since 2010, red wines. This means that in 2020, Rasteau will celebrate 10 years of Cru status for their dry reds.

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3 Rioja For #TempranilloDay: Rojo, Blanco y Rosado

When I think about Tempranillo, I think of a robust, red wine that I want to pair with lamb.

But when I went to the samples cellar to see what we had for International Tempranillo Day which is held annually on the second Thursday of November, I found I had one red from Rioja, two rosado of Tempranillo and Garnacha, plus a white blend with Tempranillo Blanco.

Hold the tapas! Tempranillo Blanco??

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MOOC on Wines and Vines starts Weds. Nov. 13

Created by four of France’s top agricultural science schools (Bordeaux Sciences Agro (Officiel) ENSATAgroSup Dijon and Montpellier SupAgro), and taught by four of their professors, a FREE Vine & Wine MOOC starts tomorrow Wednesday November 13 at 1pm UTC.

So if you want to learn more about vines and wines including

  • wine-making and sales
  • the biology of the vine
  • viticultural practices
  • oenology and the wine economy

without spending a fortune, then this FREE five week MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is for you! Continue reading

Harvey and Pepe: Sherry from Gonzalez Byass #SherryWeek


The first time I had sherry was late October 2009: I’d taken a red eye from LAX to Lisbon where I was whisked off to check in and dash down to dinner at the European Wine Bloggers Conference as the guest of Enoforum. As I tucked in to plentiful Portugeuse food and wine, I saw a few familiar faces from the Wine Bloggers Conference and met new folks who filled me in on what I’d missed on the first day.

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Don’t Mess with Texas: Two Reds from Bending Branch Winery Paired with Burgers #WinePW

My first experience with Texas wine that I recall was in France last month at the community dinner the night before the World Wine Tasting Championship where everyone brings wine from their own country to share.

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Looking for a SMOOTH wine? Napa’s Mellow Markham Merlot is for YOU! Happy #MerlotDay!

“Merlot is the first wine I fell in love with when I arrived in Napa. In my opinion, it is the perfect food wine,” says Markham winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls.

When people ask me for wine recommendations, I ask them what they like and what they’re eating. While they may not know what the menu might be, they do know one thing:

They want a SMOOTH wine.

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