Catfish Étouffée and Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc

Catfish Étouffée and Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc

I couldn’t wait any longer. I had been saving this beauty for about 6 months. The weather was hot and humid, and the meal was just right. Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc was waiting to be paired and opened. This Sauvignon Blanc (SB) from Marlborough, New Zealand should be on everyone’s “must drink” list. It’s out of…

Chirashi Bowl and Sake at Tachibana

Restaurant 101: Tachibana Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant

Whenever Mr. Grape Pairings and I want to celebrate and go out for a meal, we tend to go for sushi. We go all out with our orders, choosing a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Mr. Grape Pairings prefers the rolls, where as I go for the nigiri/sashimi meals. When Mr.…

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 decided to learn more about wine that I discovered that Chardonnay is just as diverse as other wines and can…

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…

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…

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…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and friends, to gorge and drink and indulge. From the appetizers to the meal, to the seconds to the desserts, everyone is enjoying themselves and their company. The best wines are brought out to drink with said foods, and again, people are enjoying themselves and their company.…

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…