Effingham Manor Winery

Exploring Virginia Wineries: Effingham Manor & Winery

Finally! After at least a year of waiting, Effingham Manor & Vineyards has opened! If you live in Virginia, you may have heard of Pearmund Cellars. Effingham is the sister winery to Pearmund, both of which are owned by Chris Pearmund. Chris is legendary in Virginia wine, and when Laura Beth and I found out that…

Chrysalis Vineyards

Exploring Virginia Wineries: Chrysalis Vineyards and the Norton Grape

Every weekend in October, I have been visiting a Virginia winery to celebrate Virginia Wine Month. So far (knock on wood!), the weather has been perfect. A little warm for fall, yes, but the sun has been shining and the leaves are almost at peak foliage. The views are absolutely breathtaking! It was on a…

Prosciutto, Melon, Bollo Chianti

Sometimes, I Wish I Were Italian: Chianti with Prosciutto e Melone

Do you ever feel like you should have been born in a different country? I feel like that all of the time. My maiden name is Roman, I tan well, I like wine and Italian food, I’m known to be loud, and I talk with my hands…you’d think I was Italian! Sadly, no. While I…

Virginia Wineries

October is Virginia Wine Month!

Hooray! It’s October! It’s the first full month of fall, it’s my anniversary month <3, and it’s Virginia Wine Month! Virginia is home to the very first vineyards in the United States. In 1607, colonists in Jamestown grew the first vineyards producing the first wines of America. They were weak and not any good, but…

Pumpkin spice grocery run

Top 5: Wines to Pair with Pumpkin Spice

It’s fall, so that means one thing…Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING!!! Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Spice Bagels, Pumpkin Spice Candles, Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream, Pumpkin Spice Cereals, even Pumpkin Spice Pizza! I, for one, can not get enough pumpkin spice, even in the 90 degree weather that DC has been having! Pumpkin Spice is truly an American…

Skillet Chicken in Tomato-Chipotle Sauce

I Don’t Always Drink Liquor, but When I Do…

…it is usually tequila. Maybe it’s the burning sensation that I like when it goes down, I’m not quite sure, but every so often I crave something other than wine. I like it neat: not in a margarita, not in juice, not even with salt or a lime…plain and simple. I don’t know much about…

Paradise Springs

Experiencing Viriginia Wines: Paradise Springs

Paradise Springs is one of my favorite wineries to visit in Northern Virginia (Clifton, to be exact). When I am in the mood for good wine but not in the mood to drive, Paradise Springs is my answer. Not only is it close to DC (it’s actually the closest winery to DC), but the wines are delicious.…

One Hope 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and Skinny Taste Buffalo Turkey Cheeseburger

Drinking for a Cause: OneHope Cabernet Sauvignon

OneHope Wine is a company that makes you feel good about drinking. Proceeds from each purchase go to a charity or cause that is specified on the bottle. Each wine label donates to a different cause, ranging from saving the planet, to providing to clean water, to helping children with special needs, to providing funding…

Umami in Asian Cuisine

Top 5: Wines with Umami

Just recently, I wrote a post about umami. Before reading further, I highly suggest that you take a gander in order to understand what it is. Umami, one of the flavors that our taste buds can detect, can be tricky to pair with wine, especially with Asian cuisine. Take a look at the map that I cropped…

Stir-fry and Grüner Veltliner

Umami, Stir-fry, and Grüner Veltliner

If you’re like me, you may have heard of umami, but have no idea what it is. Umami is one of the five tastes that we can detect with our taste buds (the other four are saltiness, sweetness, sourness, and bitterness). It is savory, brothy, and almost meat-like. Foods that are rich in glutamate, an…