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…

2016 Early Mountain Vineyards Rosé

Everything Goes with Rosé

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

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…

King Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc

Learn More About: Virginia Cabernet Franc w/ King Family Vineyards

When people think of American wines, they often think of wines from California, Washington, or Oregon. While these three states make out of this world wine, I’m just waiting for the day that Virginia gets the same recognition because Virginia knows how to make some really good wine. One perfect example of a grape that…

Learn More About: Argentinian Malbec w/ Bodega Luigi Bosca

Malbec is a kind of grape that is grown world wide, but primarily in Argentina and France. It originated in France (Cahors), mostly used in blends (i.e. Bordeaux blends), but wasn’t really popular as a single varietal. It wasn’t until it started to grow in Argentina that Malbec as a single varietal really began to…

Nothin’ Says Lovin’ Like Pizza From the Oven (& Martin Ray Merlot)

I may be the luckiest wife in the world. Not only is my husband cute, smart, and funny, but he bakes homemade bread. That’s right…homemade! He makes it in all kinds of ways; boule, baguette, sourdough, with nuts, without nuts, with seeds, without seeds, you name it, he can do it. It’s like his baby.…

Does Beaujolais Really Go With Everything? Jean-Marc Lafont Fleurie Granits Roses

It has been said by many a wine expert that Beaujolais can go with any food that you put in front of it. Beaujolais is a region in France, and their wines are primarily made of Gamay grapes. The body is light, so it can stand up to fish, spicy sauces, and lighter dishes. The…

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.…

Tomato Pie Night!!!

Tomato Pie Night is one of the best nights of the year. Every summer, when the tomatoes are ripe and the basil is fragrant, my dear and wonderful friend makes the world’s best tomato pie. Beautiful layers of fresh heirloom tomatoes, basil, high quality olive oil, spices, provolone, mozzarella, and other fresh cheeses go into the…

Chicken Cacciatore Part II: A Tale of Two Pairings

I work part time at a wine store two nights a week, so leftovers and quick meals are crucial so that I have something to pack for dinner. Luckily, I had some leftover Chicken Cacciatore from the other night, so dinner was good to go. I heated it with up with some chopped zucchini as…