2 Wines 3 Meals: Odfjell’s Armador Carmanére & Hacienda Lopez de Haro Rioja Crianza

There are times in a teacher’s life when the planets align, and all possible meetings that you could possibly have occur at the exact same time. Each day consists of at least one meeting, and the precious planning time that you once had is sucked away. It’s tiring. After a while, my mind and body become…

Curried Butternut Squash & Quinoa Soup, Horton Vineyard’s Rojo Xoco, & Viticulture 

During the week, the mister and I keep pretty busy. Between his schedule and mine, we rarely get to see each other until the weekend. It is always an unexpected joy when we actually get to hang out with one another on a Monday-Friday. Tonight, we had such an occasion, and we knew we would…

Epicurience Virginia Recap

This past weekend, I was able to attend an event that is every Virginia wine and food bloggers dream; Epicurience Virginia (thank you Virginia Winos!!!) This is an annual event where Virginia’s finest chefs and wine makers come together to make some of the finest pairings around. Education sessions are also put on to learn more about…

Crock pot Balsamic Chicken with Pears & Portobello w/ St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc

In 2012, my husband and I spent part of our honeymoon in Napa, CA. While he is not as much of a wine-o as I am, we wined and dined at some of the best restaurants and vineyards that Napa Valley has to offer. One of the vineyards that we visited was St. Supery. This…

Keeping it Classy: Champagne Pommery & Chipotle

This was very celebratory weekend. Not only was it my husband and my 5th wedding anniversary, but after 7+ years, my husband had finally turned in his dissertation!!! While the defense date is still unknown, my husband is already looking like more relaxed man. He has been very stressed writing the dissertation over the past few…

Chicken and Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Chianti

Chianti is (usually) big and bold. Really dry ones are beasts of a wine, which are full of tannins that are in your face. They can be a bit of a bully, overpowering whatever food you are pairing it with if not paired correctly. They can also be like Clifford, the big, red dog when pairing with…