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…

2016 Early Mountain Vineyards Rosé

Everything Goes with Rosé

It’s true. Everything that you can think of goes with Rosé. Why? Not a clue. Is it true? No idea. To be honest, this is just me making a declaration that has no credibility behind it other than my own research. Sure, maybe there is a reason why Rosé goes with everything, and maybe some wine…

What I bought at the DC Chocolate Festival

2017 DC Chocolate Festival Recap

Every year, some of the best chocolatiers in the DMV area (DC, Maryland, Virginia), as well as a few other states and countries, come together for DC’s Chocolate Festival. The event is located at the gorgeous Marriott Wardman Park, and is sponsored by The Chocolate House. The Chocolate House, which is in Dupont Circle, is home…

King Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc

Learn More About: Virginia Cabernet Franc (King Family Vineyards)

When people think of American wines, they often think of wines from California, Washington, or Oregon. While these three states make out of this world wine, I’m just waiting for the day that Virginia gets the same recognition because Virginia knows how to make some really good wine. One perfect example of a grape that…

Restaurant Pairing 101 @ Blue Seafood and Spirits in VA Beach

Finally, my spring break had arrived, and I cannot even describe to you how much I needed it. Lately, I had been feeling like I was in a constant pickle between life and work stressors. This spring break was exactly what I needed to recharge and get ready for what the rest of the school year will bring.…

Top 5s: Hooray for Rosé!!!

Yay!! It’s Rosé season! Rosé might be my favorite kind of wine. It is so versatile and can pair with almost any food. Rosé is the pretty one of the wine group, looking gorgeous with whatever she is paired with. She (because let’s face it…Rosé is clearly a female) is always fashionable, and people eagerly await her…

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 Pairing 101 @ The Downtown Grille in Charlottesville

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…

Restaurant Pairing 101 @ 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church

Pairing a wine with what you are cooking (or visa versa) while you are at home is one thing. You plan for specific meals with specific ingredients and can research into what wines you’d like to pair (again, or visa versa). To me, cooking at home is easier because you are in control. Pairing wine and…