Wine Pairing

Montinore Estate Pinot Noir and Maple Chipotle Salmon

Celebrating Biodynamic Wine with Montinore Estate Pinot Noir #winePW

This month’s Wine Pairing Weekend (#winePW) challenge comes from host, Gwendolyn Alley. She thought Earth Month would be the perfect time for our group of wine and food enthusiasts to explore the world of biodynamic wine. Brilliant idea, Gwendolyn. The principles of biodynamic farming are complex and interdependent, but worth understanding. It isn’t necessary to understand every detail of biodynamic […]

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Odfjell: Organic (and Biodynamic) Wines from Chile

Today’s tasting takes us on a virtual trip to Chile for a sip of three wines made using grapes that are farmed organically and biodynamically. The winery’s story includes a Norwegian ship owner, Norwegian Fjord horses and very old Carignan. Sounds interesting, no? We received these wines as tasting samples. Dan Odfjell (odd-fee-yell) made his fortune in the shipping business. […]

Valentine’s Day Wines for Every Meal, Almost

Tomorrow is the big day. Roses will be sent, boxes of chocolates received and meals enjoyed together. Whether you’re celebrating with a partner, your spouse, friends or on your own, your Valentine’s Day needs wine and we’re here to help with that. We have five wines to suggest for just about every Valentine’s Day meal and every palate. We received […]

A Selection of Bodega Garzón Wines

Uruguay: A Wine and Food Sampler #winePW

This month’s Wine Pairing Weekend theme takes us to Uruguay, a wine destination that we’ve only briefly explored. Beyond Tannat we have little experience with wines from Uruguay, so this was a welcome opportunity to learn by doing. The theme this month comes to us courtesy of Jill from L’Occasion who is hosting this month’s gathering. The first thing that […]

Three dry German wines paired with Chicken Piccata

A Preview of Our German Wine Exploration for Wine Pairing Weekend #winePW

The anticipation is building for this Saturday’s Wine Pairing Weekend (aka #winePW) Exploration of German Wines. Behind the scenes we’ve all been very busy. Food and wine pairings have been prepared. Bloggers have taken photos of their delicious pairings, done their research and written posts about their experiences. We will all publish our posts between Friday, December 7 and 8:00 […]

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It’s Fall and We’re Still Grilling

Grilling in the fall takes on a very different feel than in summer, even in California. Gone are long, leisurely and warm evenings. This time of year sunset comes quickly and a sweater may be required when tending the grill. And a head lamp. No matter, we still occasionally pull out the grill and when we do we need wine […]

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Failla Hudson Vineyard Syrah & Moroccan Lamb Tagine #WinePW

The theme for our November Wine Pairing Weekend (#WinePW) event remembers the devastating wildfires that have struck many wine regions around the world recently. The topic for this month’s wine and food pairings comes from Gwendolyn Alley who blogs at Wine Predator. The title of her invitation post: Together We Rise: Wines from Fire Struck Regions in CA, Chile, Spain, […]

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Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

I’m a white wine drinker regardless of the season. This time of year I begin adding red wines into the rotation, but my preference is always for white wines. So, needless to say, I was happy to receive a tasting sample of Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Chardonnay to share with you. Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards is a 1300-acre property that […]

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A Sampler of Kenwood Vineyards

Kenwood Vineyards is a winery name you no doubt recognize. The Sonoma County winery has been making wine since 1970. We’ve enjoyed Kenwood wines over the years, but haven’t tasted many recently. We recently received a selection of Kenwood Vineyards wines as tasting samples that provided an opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with the wines of Kenwood Vineyards. Kenwood Vineyards began […]