Alsace Pinot Blanc

I love Alsatian wine. All of it. Alsace is a magical region built by fairies, full of abandoned castles, delicious wines, flowery window boxes, sunny slopes, and did I mention castles? Anyhoo, Pinot Blanc is one of our lesser know Pinot mutations. When I say “mutation”, I mean just that! Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio…

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Alsace Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is one of those grapes that gets expensive real fast, so it’s always delightful to find a place that makes it a little more affordable! Pinot does great in cool climates, so it’s no wonder that it’s fabulous from Alsace. This is a very cool region, so it really only does well in…

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Loire Valley Cabernet Franc

I love Cabernet Franc. I love it from anywhere that grows it, but I love it most from the Loire. Cab Franc is Cab Sauv’s sleeker little brother. It has a ton of the same flavor profiles, black fruit, a green leaf thing, this graphite pepperiness that I adore, but the structure is a lot…

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Loire Valley Chenin Blanc (dry)

Chenin Blanc is one of the great noble grapes of France, even though many people have never heard of it! This fabulous white is a chameleon. It can do it all. Sparkling, still, dry, sweet (and everything in between), young, old, fruity, funky, Chenin Blanc is a star! It comes from the Loire Valley, a…

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A Cozy Autumn with French Wine

After last months fun but chaotic Tapas Party, I wanted to slow things down for us. Autumn is one of my favorite times at my local market, there is so much wonderful produce in season that you really can’t go wrong. Apples, squashes, cabbages, beets, pears, and we are still even seeing tomatoes! As I…

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September 2021

POST POWER OUTAGE PART 2 PAIRINGS: Tapas Party Rueda Verdejo Godello Rioja Reserva Priorat Manzanilla Sherry Albondigas Patatas Bravas Spanish Tortilla Croquettas Basque Cheesecakes

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Tapas Party

For this month’s theme we’ve gone to Spain! When we were trying to work out what to make, we decided on Tapas and then it just spiralled out of control from there. So this is why this month I’ve separated out the food and the wine. Ultimately, this is for a party, all the wine…

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Basque Cheesecakes

And because I can’t resist, dessert! These mini cheesecakes are not super sweet, in fact they are extraordinarily easy to scarf! Mini Basque Cheesecake Makes about 12 mini cheesecakes Ingredients 1 1/3 cup philadelphia cream cheese ½  cup mascarpone 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar 3 eggs 1 egg yolk 1 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla…

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Spanish Tortilla

This is a classic Spanish dish that really is perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Once you master it, you’ll make it all the time. Leftovers are the best. I’ve got these paired with the whites in this photo, but honestly this is the kind of dish that goes with everything! Spanish Tortilla Serving Size…

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Albondigas 2 Ways – Classic & Vegetarian

I’ve always loved these classic meatballs in a yummy red sauce! So we did the classic, and it was great, and then we also made vegetarian balls that I actually think are even better. This pairs beautifully with our Rioja and the Priorat! Albondigas Serving Size 6-8 Ingredients Albondigas 1 pd or 16oz ground beef…

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