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…

Chili with Chile: Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili with Natura Chilean Carménère

Fall is my favorite season. I love it when the leaves change, when the weather gets brisker, and when pumpkin spice everything is everywhere. Most of all, I love fall foods, especially squashes and sweet potatoes. While the autumnal equinox has officially come and gone on the calendar, Mother Nature has decided not to comply.…

Eggs and Mapuche Sauvignon Blanc

I’m sorry…I really am. You all told me that it could be done but I didn’t believe you. Some of you even gave me recommendations, but I poo-pooed them all. You were all so encouraging, but I thought you were crazy. I’m sorry. Truly, I am. Forgive me? You were right all along. There is a wine…