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.

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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

3 Wines from Sicily’s Etna Volcano Paired with Pork Sugo #WinePW

Sicily’s Volcanic wine region: Wines from Mt Etna paired with pork Sugo

Do you have a favorite little known and under appreciated region in Europe– a region that could use more attention and love? Continue reading

Kitá: When a Chumash Winemaker Meets a Spanish One and Sparks Fly (Part 2) #WinePW

“The seasons, changes of the land, and language of nature all speak to us. We have to listen; they are a vision of balance between our surroundings and ourselves. The earth is our mother. She nourishes us, that which we put into the ground she returns to us…” Kitá

In the Santa Ynez Chumash native language of Samala, “Kitá” means “Our Valley Oak.” The large gracious trees dot the Sant Ynez Valley, their extensive canopies providing shade and shelter with their acorns an important source of food for fauna and folk alike.

Sue Hill opens a bottle of Kitá Sparkling Roussanne under the oaks near Nojoqui Falls; Nojoqui is a Chumash word meaning “honeymoon place” or “meadow.”

As a testimony to the importance of the valley oak to the tribe and the ecosystem, Continue reading

Camins 2 Dreams: When a Chumash Winemaker Meets a Spanish One And Sparks Fly 1 #WinePW

Camins 2 Dreams winemakers Tara Gomez and Mireia Taribó in their Lompoc tasting room.

“Wine adds a smile to friendship and a spark to love,” says Italian novelist, journalist, poet and short-story writer Edmondo de Amicis (October 21 1846 – March 11 1908. 

Nowhere is this more true than at Camins 2 Dreams, which we learned last weekend on a winery visit “off the beaten path” with wife and wife winemakers Tara Gomez and Mireia Taribó. 

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Sushi and Wine? Totally Fine! Here’s 21 to Try in 2021 #WinePW

I write about food and wine, so it would be expected that my social media has pictures of both, right? And because we’re total cheese whores around here, there’s lot of photos of wine and cheese. Oh and oysters! After that, believe it or not, I take and post a lot of pictures of wine and sushi.

Even on National Wine and Cheese Day there’s pictures of sushi with wine! Continue reading

Cabernet Franc Thrives in California: Examples from Santa Ynez, Sonoma, El Dorado, Paso Robles #WinePW

CA Cab franc

While Cabernet Franc is best known as a Bordeaux blending grape, you’ll find it in France’s Loire Valley on its own, and more and more wineries around the world are showcasing Cabernet Franc alone including these four California wineries: Continue reading