So I recently became a founding member of The California Fruit Wine Company. What does this mean? I get a monthly shipment of their wine (just like any other wine club). But why is this company different from others? This company has one HUGE difference from other wineries…their wine is made from fruits other than grapes! Say whaaat?! Yep, its true! I recently got my first shipment and tried my very first wines made from something other than grapes. Here are my thoughts…CONTINUE READING
So a couple days ago I was planning dinner and wondering what I type of food & wine pairing I could do with a Pinot Grigio I had recently received to sample. My mind quickly went to something simple and filled with refreshing ingredients as that is what I want to pair a Pinot Grigio with. Anyways, I threw together an Al Fresco Pasta that was so delicious and paired so perfectly that I had to share. I hope you enjoy this food & wine pairing as much as we did. P.S. It is INCREDIBLY easy, yet, impressive (not to toot my own horn haha).
I will forever continue my quest for finding some of the greatest small-production, family ran wineries out there. I just LOVE it! I recently came across one such winery, Milano Family Winery, and I have fallen in love with everything about this winery. I wanted to share with you my thoughts on this place and its wines in the hopes that you will join me in supporting some of these smaller wineries.
Please note that I consider “smaller” wineries to be those that you are not likely to find in your local grocery store or in restaurants.
With Labor Day comes the end of summer sales! Most people think of clothing, electronics, cars and furniture but I think WINE. Here I have linked some of the best deals I could find. Happy Labors Day!
When looking for a new winery to try I always look for a smaller, less well-known place. For some reason I tend to find the best wines at such places! Hidden gems, if you will. When I first began drinking wines I tended to stick to the larger, more commercialized wineries because, for one, they were easily accessible in my grocery stores. But, also, because they were the one’s written all over the web, hundreds of reviews on Yelp, and all over social media. However, in more recent years, I have found that I really, really enjoy finding wines from wineries that produce a far smaller case number, therefore, in my mind, are more exclusive. This search recently led me to Nimble Vineyards.
I have been putting my palette to the test recently with wines from regions I am not 100% accustom to. I love Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Rhone style wines but rarely do I drink something straight from France but that is about to change. Last night I paired an Italian dinner and a French wine and both were exquisite! Try this super easy, yet, bound to impress recipe.
Hosting parties is one of my absolute favorite things to do, especially when it is a wine tasting party! A couple weeks back I hosted A Blind Wine Tasting Game and with it came some delicious accouterments. I stuck with some of the traditional wine pairing dishes but did it in a unique way. I had different “bars” or “stations” set up allowing everyone to create their own dishes. The stations for this wine tasting event were: a pasta bar, a charcuterie station, and a crostini bar.
Looking for something fun and unique to do at your next girls night, birthday party, holiday gathering, or a random Tuesday? That involves wine, naturally? Well, I recently hosted a blind wine tasting party and turned it into a game so I thought I would share it with you all as it was a big hit! Funny story…I thought I had pretty much made this game up myself and was super proud of myself as my creativity level is zero. Well, turns out this game (or variations of) are all over the internet hahaha. Oh well. Anyways, here we go…
Blind Wine Tasting
1- First, decide how many varietals you want to taste. I used Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, a Red Blend, and a Zin.
2- Get some type of pouring container, like above, for each varietal. If you do not want to go out and buy anything you can always just slip a brown paper bag over the actual wine bottle. That way no one can see the label.
3- Label each container/bag with its number. For example: Sauvignon Blanc was #1 so I put 1 on the pouring container and a 1 on the bottom of the Sauvignon Blanc bottle (that way I did not forget in which order the wines were).
4- Fill each container with its corresponding wine.
5- Each guest is to be given a piece of paper where, in this case, they numbered 1-6.
6- Finally, begin with the first pour and each guest is to taste it and write down their answer. Continue on until you have completed the blind tasting.
7- Once the blind wine tasting is over tell the guests which wine each number was…whoever gets the most correct wins a bottle of wine!
With the blind wine tasting I, also, served each guest a cheese plate with jams that paired perfectly with each wine. During the game the guests, also, guessed the type of cheese they were trying. The purpose of this was in case there was a tie for how many wines guessed correctly then I would need a tie breaker…whoever guessed the most wines AND cheeses won. Next week I will post on my cheese and jam plates.
Of course, all of this was served with some PHENOMENAL food. Early next week I will post about all the fabulous food stations we made but here is a sneak peak…
Recently I have been trying really hard to learn about proper wine & food pairings. Well Taylor, over at ProFlowers, has written a guest blog for me on nothing other than chocolate & wine pairings! Is there anything better? I LOVE chocolate and I LOVE wine. The two together? Unstoppable. Hope you guys enjoy their guide and learn as much as I did about proper wine and chocolate pairing. Anyways, I will let Taylor take it from here…
Butternut Squash & Ricotta Stuffed Shells With Browned Butter and Sage Sauce
I am all about trying to find the perfect wine & food pairing lately and I think I found another keeper. For years I have been making this AMAAZZZING recipe and each time I put a new twist on it. For example: this time I made it vegetarian…a rarity in my house but other times I add sausage. It is WAY easier than it sounds and you can omit nearly any of the ingredients if you do not have them or are already a glass or two of wine deep and can’t head out to the store hahaha. Hope you enjoy this wine & food pairing as much as I do!