Pairing Wine with Small Plates @ Zaytinya in Washington, D.C.

Small-plates, or tapas-styled restaurants are becoming increasingly popular. Most of the time, the menu features Spanish or Mediterranean cuisine. You can order a variety of vegetable, fish, and meat dishes, ranging in flavors and cooking methods. With such an assortment of foods prepared in all kinds of different ways, how are you supposed to choose…

Zucchini Noodles and Cauliflower Alfredo

Zoodles and Cauliflower “Alfredo” with Black’s Station Chardonnay

One of the reasons why I love pairing food and wine is because there are an infinite number of great matches. A meal can be paired with a great many wines, yet taste entirely different (and equally delicious) with each one. Take, for example, one of my all time favorite dishes to make, Zucchini Noodle…

RdV Vineyards

Experiencing Virginia Wines: RdV Vineyards 

I’ve started this post over and over again. As I type, nothing seems appropriate for one of the most amazing wine experiences I have ever had. And that is just what it was…an experience. RdV Vineyards is dedicated not only making fabulous wine, but about making everyone have a memorable and enjoyable experience. In this…

Catfish Étouffée and Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc

Catfish Étouffée and Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc

I couldn’t wait any longer. I had been saving this beauty for about 6 months. The weather was hot and humid, and the meal was just right. Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc was waiting to be paired and opened. This Sauvignon Blanc (SB) from Marlborough, New Zealand should be on everyone’s “must drink” list. It’s out of…

Casanel Vineyards José Rosé

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Casanel Vineyards and Winery

This weekend’s birding/winery adventure brings us to Shenandoah University’s River Campus and Casanel Vineyards. These two venues are about an hour away, going to the end of the Dulles Toll Road and venturing further down route 7. You drive through small Virginia towns and beautiful hillsides. It’s a hike to drive all the way over…

Chirashi Bowl and Sake at Tachibana

Pairing Wine w/ Sushi @ Tachibana Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant in McLean

Whenever Dr. Grape Pairings and I want to celebrate and go out for a meal, we tend to go for sushi. We go all out with our orders, choosing a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Dr. Grape Pairings prefers the rolls, where as I go for the nigiri/sashimi meals. When Dr.…

Cheddar-Stuffed Sweet Potato BBQ Turkey Meatloaf and Qupé Syrah

Cheddar-Stuffed Sweet Potato BBQ Turkey Meatloaf and Qupé Syrah

I saw the above picture when I was perusing for recipes. Salivating yet? When I saw this picture, I knew I had to make it. I mean, just look at it! Meat, cheese, barbecue sauce… all of these things are delicious. This recipe, much like all Ambitious Kitchen’s recipes, had to be delicious. After cooking and biting…