Wine and chocolate have many similarities but pairing them can yield differences of opinion. My palate was tested at a chocolate and wine tasting hosted by the Bordeaux Wine School led by Master of Wine Mary Gorman McAdams and Pierre-Antoine Bollet of La Maison du Chocolat. Like most food and wine pairings, they recommended comparing... Read More
Cowboys and sandy coastlines were not the part of Tuscany I usually visit, which is more castles and cypress trees dotting the hills around Florence and Siena. But an autumn wine tasting excursion into the region’s southwest corner known as Maremma introduced me to a stunning natural preserve, pristine beaches, seaside villages, thermal baths and... Read More
Many Spanish wine lovers consider a Rioja or Ribera del Duero when looking for a full-bodied red wine. After all, some of Spain’s most sought-after and well-known red wines are from these two regions and their star red grape, Tempranillo, is the most widely planted throughout the country. However, more than 100 red and white... Read More
When many people think of Rhône Valley wines, velvety reds made from Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault come to mind. That’s not surprising since most of the wines produced in the Rhône Valley are red. However, the region’s whites are truly shining stars among realm of heavenly reds. White wines comprise only seven percent of the Rhône... Read More
Many food lovers visit Naples in Italy’s Campania region to try the world-famous pizza. You even see people at the airport eating their first slices from large pizza boxes after you leave the arrival area! We came to taste the wines of Mount Vesuvius and to visit Pompeii, which on August 24, 79 AD was... Read More
Malbec, a plump, dark-red varietal, often blended with Cabernet, has come out of the shadows and into the spotlight.
This easy recipe was adapted from Cynthia Stevens Graubart’s cookbook, “Sunday Suppers: Simple Fresh Menus for Sunday Gatherings.” Graubart is an award-winning cookbook author based in Atlanta. We included chopped celery for more crunch and color (chopped raw red peppers would work also). A little tequila provided some kick. Add chunks or strips of grilled... Read More
Fizzy, refreshing and lower in alcohol – that describes the perfect wine for a casual summer picnic. It also describes pét-nat, short for pétillant-naturel.
A meaty fish like salmon or tuna pairs nicely with a sparkling rosé. The wine’s deeper fruit notes and acidity complement the fattiness of the fish. This meal-in-a-salad is perfect for lunch or a light supper. The recipe is featured in Janet Fletcher’s gorgeous new cookbook, Wine Country Table: With Recipes that Celebrate California’s Sustainable... Read More