Chili with Chile: Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili with Natura Chilean Carménère

Fall is my favorite season. I love it when the leaves change, when the weather gets brisker, and when pumpkin spice everything is everywhere. Most of all, I love fall foods, especially squashes and sweet potatoes. While the autumnal equinox has officially come and gone on the calendar, Mother Nature has decided not to comply.…

Book Talk: What to Drink With What You Eat

“‘Once you know how to do it, you don’t think about it anymore…yet learning it drove you nuts!’” (Greg Tresner of Mary Elaine’s at the Phoenician, comparing food and wine pairing to learning how to run a computer program). I recently bought the book,What to Drink with What You Eat: The Definitive Guide to Pairing…

Eggs and Mapuche Sauvignon Blanc

I’m sorry…I really am. You all told me that it could be done but I didn’t believe you. Some of you even gave me recommendations, but I poo-pooed them all. You were all so encouraging, but I thought you were crazy. I’m sorry. Truly, I am. Forgive me? You were right all along. There is a wine…

Sip and Salsa in Crystal City

This past weekend, Mr. Grape Pairings and I had tickets to a Crystal City event called “Sip and Salsa.” Sip and Salsa tickets included unlimited wine tastings of roughly 60 wines, unlimited food tastings from restaurants in Crystal City, live salsa music, and the cutest little wine glasses you’ve ever seen. Various vendors from different organizations in…

Two Rights Can Make a Wrong

Every Saturday, before I go grocery shopping, I plan roughly 3-4 meals that I will cook that week. I try to plan meals based on what is on sale, what I can get leftovers out of, and what is in season. Sometimes, I am creative enough to think of a theme or stick to one kind…

Tomato Pie Night!!!

Tomato Pie Night is one of the best nights of the year. Every summer, when the tomatoes are ripe and the basil is fragrant, my dear and wonderful friend makes the world’s best tomato pie. Beautiful layers of fresh heirloom tomatoes, basil, high quality olive oil, spices, provolone, mozzarella, and other fresh cheeses go into the…

Chicken Cacciatore Part II: A Tale of Two Pairings

I work part time at a wine store two nights a week, so leftovers and quick meals are crucial so that I have something to pack for dinner. Luckily, I had some leftover Chicken Cacciatore from the other night, so dinner was good to go. I heated it with up with some chopped zucchini as…