Experiencing Virginia Wines: Early Mountain Vineyards Part Two

Previously, on Experiencing Virginia Wines: Early Mountain Vineyards Part One And now, the second time we went to Early Mountain Vineyards… Like I said, Early Mountain Vineyards is conveniently located on the way to and from Washington, D.C, so of course, we had to stop on our way back home for the full tasting. This…

Baked Fish and Chips with Black’s Station Chardonnay

Every Saturday morning/early afternoon, I go grocery shopping. It is one of my favorite times of the week. I get to have some quality “me” time, see what’s new in food, feast on samples, but more importantly, I hit the wine stores who are also serving samples. Samples are one of my most favorite things…

Learn More About…Rioja (Meat Edition)

Today’s segment of “Learn More About” features:  Rioja Alta Tonight’s wine: 2010 Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva ($22) Tonight’s Meal: Quick Skillet Steak with Onions and Mushrooms (Skinnytaste) Fun Fact: Rioja is not a grape. Sauvignon Blanc? Grape. Chardonnay? Grape. Merlot? Grape. Rioja? Region. Rioja is a region in Northern Spain where the grape, Tempranillo, is grown. Most Riojas…

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Barboursville Vineyards and the Octagon Tasting

Visiting Barboursville Vineyards will always be a memorable experience for me because it was my first vertical tasting. If you are ever lucky enough to experience a vertical tasting of wine, I highly suggest doing it. For those of you who do not know (and I was one of you until about 2 weeks ago),…

Restaurant 101 @ The Downtown Grille

Over President’s Day weekend, Laura Beth and I went to Charlottesville to visit wineries, UVA, and Monticello. It was quite a wonderful weekend, with temperatures I the 60s and perfectly sunny. You couldn’t have asked for a better weekend, especially in February! One night, we wanted to have a fancy schmancy dinner, and we decided…