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…

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…

Zucchini Noodles and Cauliflower Alfredo

Zoodles and Cauliflower “Alfredo” with Black’s Station Chardonnay

One of the reasons why I love pairing food and wine is because there are an infinite number of great matches. A meal can be paired with a great many wines, yet taste entirely different (and equally delicious) with each one. Take, for example, one of my all time favorite dishes to make, Zucchini Noodle…

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…

One of My Favorite Wine Pairings: Lentil Meatballs w/ Presto Sparkling Rosé

One of my favorite wine and food pairings are lentils and rosé. It is not a wine pairing that you probably think of in terms of classic wine and foods that go together, but in my apartment, I pair these two rather frequently (see here). The savoriness of the lentils go nicely with the citrus and berry…

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…

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…

A Healthy Lifestyle: Lentil and Rice Bowls with Eggs and Bacon w/ Bodegas Muga Rosé

I’m a little bit of a health and fitness freak. I work out six days a week. I cook healthy meals almost daily, and follow an 80/20 lifestyle. This means that I eat healthy 80% of the time and I allow myself to indulge 20% of the time. 80/20 means different things to people. To some,…

2 Wines 3 Meals: Odfjell’s Armador Carmanére & Hacienda Lopez de Haro Rioja Crianza

There are times in a teacher’s life when the planets align, and all possible meetings that you could possibly have occur at the exact same time. Each day consists of at least one meeting, and the precious planning time that you once had is sucked away. It’s tiring. After a while, my mind and body become…

Chicken and Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Chianti

Chianti is (usually) big and bold. Really dry ones are beasts of a wine, which are full of tannins that are in your face. They can be a bit of a bully, overpowering whatever food you are pairing it with if not paired correctly. They can also be like Clifford, the big, red dog when pairing with…