Cheddar-Stuffed Sweet Potato BBQ Turkey Meatloaf and Qupé Syrah

Cheddar-Stuffed Sweet Potato BBQ Turkey Meatloaf and Qupé Syrah

I saw the above picture when I was perusing for recipes. Salivating yet? When I saw this picture, I knew I had to make it. I mean, just look at it! Meat, cheese, barbecue sauce… all of these things are delicious. This recipe, much like all Ambitious Kitchen’s recipes, had to be delicious. After cooking and biting…

Educated Guess, Avery Quinn

Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon vs. Avery Quinn Zinfandel

Two wines. One meal. One epic battle. Who will win?   In this corner, we have Avery Quinn Zinfandel from North Coast, California. An affordable Zin, costing only about $10. Dried cranberries, dried cherry, and dried raspberry fill the nose, making the wine appear to be sweet and fruity. However, the palate has an oaky flavor, consisting…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Wine and Chocolate Tasting at Chain Bridge Cellars

I recently went to a class at Chain Bridge Cellars, a local wine shop. Chain Bridge Cellars not only has a great selection of wines, but they put on at least one class per month about a variety of wine topics. Some are meant to teach you about one specific varietal where as others will…