Brunello di Montalcino: Chianti’s Burly Biotype Brother Paired with Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms #ItalianFWT

Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino is Chianti’s beefier older brother. Like Chianti, Brunello is made from the Sangiovese grape, but, you guessed it, from the Montalcino region in Italy AND Brunello is not its own completely separate grape but a biotype of Sangiovese, which means it’s genetically similar but still distinct. Sangiovese piccolo is grown in Chianti; sangiovese grosso goes into Brunello di Montalcino. Continue reading

Organic Domaine Bousquet: Argentine Agronomist Franco Bastias Grows Sauv Blanc, Chardonnay

a line up of 6 organic soon to be biodynamic wines from Domaine Bousquet

Meet Franco Bastias: Chief Agronomist at Domaine Bousquet– 
At only 11 years old, Franco Bastias worked beside his parents picking up stems and irrigating vines in Argentina’s Uco Valley. Growing up, he learned all about pruning, binding vines, maintaining trellises, and picking grapes. Twenty years later, Bastias serves as Chief Agronomist at organic Domaine Bousquet where he oversees a team of 50 (and up to 80 people at harvest), and he’s responsible for 618 acres of vines on the estate, plus 30-35 growers.

Bastias clearly didn’t get there the easy way. Continue reading

AmByth’s Natural Wines: Biodynamic Farming for the Future #WinePW

AmByth wines, olive oil, vinegar, and pairings

As we bounced along on the narrow, straight dirt road in our 1990 VW Westfalia camper van, with a very steep oak wooded hillside to the left, and a rolling dry cow pasture rising to our right, I was sure we’d gone the wrong way. The sign that said AmByth with the arrow? Maybe we should go back and check. And then the road came to an abrupt end in a clump of oak trees with a climb up to the right and the left. To the left was a green gate and another small sign: AmByth. 

“AmByth is the Welsh word meaning ‘forever’. We view it as our legacy,” states AmByth Estates founder Phillip Hart. 

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A+ Pairings for Asparagus, Arugula, and Artichokes with organic wines from Alsace, Australia, Austria, and Argentina #WinePW

A+ Pairings

  • There’s a wine for every food
    and a food for every wine!
  • The secret is in the sauce…
    and the preparation!

While some insist drink what you like, and pair the wine you like with the food you like BUT while you MAY like it, and everybody’s chemistry is different, some pairings are A+, others awful, and some just all right.

What I like isn’t always what Sue likes. She loves jalapeños, onions, celery; I don’t. In fact, I have a hard time digesting green peppers and onions. I’m not fond of celery, and I really find that celery seed has a strong flavor that hangs around and doesn’t do well with wine.

Over the years of pairing and writing about food and wine pairings has taught us a few tricks– especially when pairing wines with vegetarian dishes.


So Africa’s Organic Reyneke Syrah and Chenin Blanc with Instant Pot Persian Lamb Shanks #WinePW

Success often comes at a price, but at Reyneke, it’s important that their success does not cost the earth or people. So says Johan Reyneke. Instead, the goal of Reyneke wines is for both planet and people to flourish.

To achieve this goal, Reyneke ONLY produces organic and biodynamic wines– Continue reading

Slow Wine Guide USA New PRINT Edition and New 2021 Field Rep: ME!

The 2020 Slow Wine USA Guide covers 285 US wineries; Deborah Parker Wong is the US Coordinating Editor

“Speed became our shackles. We fell prey to the same virus: ‘the fast life.'”

“In the name of productivity, the ‘fast life’ has changed our lifestyle and now threatens our environment and our land (and city) scapes.

“Against those – or, rather, the vast majority – who confuse efficiency with frenzy, we propose the vaccine of an adequate portion of sensual gourmandise pleasures, to be taken with slow and prolonged enjoyment.” Carlo Petrini, SLOW FOOD MANIFESTO

Earth Day is Every Day,
so they say.
But it isn’t always easy
to live that way… 

Fortunately, there are Continue reading

#Winophiles Explore Organic Loire, The Garden of France: Preview with Carême “Spring” Vouvray

Carême “Spring” Vouvray

The Loire Valley in France offers languid riverside paths for walking and cycling, storybook castles for exploring and staying, forests for hunting deer and mushrooms, gravelly shoreline and hillside vineyards for wine grape growing, deep limestone caves for living, staying, and storing wine, plus lush fields for cultivating vegetables and raising livestock. Continue reading