Tasting Wine and Chocolate: Melt in Your Mouth Marvelous

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

Wild About Maremma, Italy’s Wild West

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

Beyond Tempranillo: Five Spanish Red Grapes to Discover

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

Melanie Sips the World: Rhône Valley Whites, Harmony in a Bottle

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

Black Bean and Corn Salad

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

Pét-Nat: The Perfect Picnic Wine

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.

Warm Salmon Salad with Asparagus, Farm Eggs and Fingerling Potatoes

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