Anne & Amie Pinot Gris with Chicken Pasta Salad

Chicken Pasta Salad with Anne Amie Pinot Gris

Almost 99% of the time, when I plan my wine and food pairings for the week, I plan the meals first and then find a wine to go with them. So many wines can pair with a meal. I can usually find something on my wine rack that will go with what I am cooking.…

Zephaniah Farm Vineyards Farmhouse

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Zephaniah Farm Vineyards

Way back in October, my mother (aka “Mutti”) came to visit and we went to the Epicurience Wine Festival. We¬†tried many wines from many Virginia wineries. To be honest, I probably tried too much wine ūüėČ But there was one winery that stuck out to my Mutti, and that was Zephaniah Farm Vineyards. At that…

2016 Early Mountain Vineyards Rosé

Everything Goes with Rosé

It’s true. Everything that you can think of goes with Ros√©. 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 Ros√© goes with everything, and maybe some wine…

Falls Church Farmers Market- North Gate Vineyards

Experiencing Virginia Wines: North Gate Vineyard @ Falls Church Farmers Market

The Falls Church Farmers Market¬†has been around since the 1980s. While it’s no where near as grand as, say, Eastern Market, it is a dense farmers market for such a small area. During peak months, more than 50 vendors will be there. Some of them have been there since the market started. Talk about loyalty!…

Greenhill Winery

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Greenhill Winery and Vineyards

Another weekend, another winery! Today’s adventure takes us to Greenhill Vineyards near Middleburg, VA. I was dying to try Greenhill due to the fact that they won numerous awards, both¬†at the Virginia Governor’s Cup¬†AND at the¬†San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Not many Virginia wineries compete in California wine competitions.¬†If¬†a Virginia wine¬†can compete and win silver,…

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…

Breaux Vineyards Tasting House

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Breaux Vineyards

*Reader, be prepared for a long post. This is not meant to quickly read¬†during your lunch break. Get a glass of wine, change into your sweatpants, sit on the couch with your feet on the coffee table, and relax!* Boy, what a day! Mr. Grape Pairings and I just spent a wonderful morning and afternoon¬†birding,…

Chicken 'n Waffle Taco with Birichino Zinfandel

Chicken and Waffle Tacos w/ Saint Georges Birichino Zinfandel

By nature, I am a compulsive planner. I make to-do lists for my to-do lists. If I make plans to do something with friends, I need to lock down the specifics immediately. I even¬†lesson plan at least a week in advance (which for all of you who are not teachers, we often plan a day…