Top 5s: Chardonnays for People Who “Don’t Like Chardonnay”

I’ll admit, I used to be one of those people who said they didn’t like Chardonnay. Too much butter! Too many oaky tastes! I want to drink wine, not eat shortbread cookie dough! It wasn’t until I took wine more seriously that I discovered that Chardonnay is just as diverse as other wines and can have…

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…

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Early Mountain Vineyards Part One

Over President’s Day Weekend, my friend, Laura Beth, and I went to Charlottesville to go vineyard hopping. Every so often, we need a break from city life to go out in the country and try the many wonderful wines that Virginia has to offer. We usually go to places around Leesburg, so it was nice…

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: King Family Vineyards

It couldn’t have been a better day at King Family Vineyards in Crozet,VA if we had planned it. It was February, 70 degrees, and perfectly sunny with white, puffy clouds. We’re talking puffy like the kind of clouds you drew in 1st or 2nd grade when you drew and landscapes. Pixar could have used these…

You Win Some, You Lose Some: Cline Cellar’s Ancient Vine Mourvèdre

I’ve been cut off from buying more wine. Currently, I have 30ish bottles on the wine rack, and I’ve been instructed by the hubby not to buy anymore until we drink what we have. Until this ban, I had been buying a bottle to go with my meals each week, even when there was a collection…