Crabless Cakes with 2016 La Galope Comte Tolosan Rosé

Gardein Crabless Cakes with 2016 La Galope Comte Tolosan Rosé

My friend Julian (Instagram: @baron_slick) uses many Gardein products in his posts, and they all look delicious! There have been numerous times when I’ve ask him for a recipe, and he tell me “It’s Gardein!” Really? I’ve had soy crumbles and meatless “chicken” patties from other companies before, and was left very underwhelmed. I was…

Rioja Crianza 2013 Marqués de Cáceres

Chicken Fajitas and Rioja Crianza 2013 Marqués de Cáceres

Hot chicken fajitas, fresh out of the oven! This photo was taken before I added piles and piles of cilantro This Rioja Crianza 2013 Marqués de Cáceres had so much going on! With flavors of strawberry, cherry, chocolate, cinnamon, and dried flowers (like a tea), and a body that was full,, and with medium tannins,…

Fish Chowder

Fish Chowder with 2016 Les Portes de Bordeaux

Making a yummy fish chowder tonight! Watch the process below! The broth of the fish chowder, very loosely adapted from a recipe by Simply Scratch, originally uses lots of old bay, thick cut bacon, clam juice, heavy cream, red potatoes, this Sauvignon Blanc, and parsley. I love a good comfort meal, but enjoy finding ways…

Mexican Meatball Soup with Casarena Malbec

Mexican Meatball Soup and Casarena Reservado Malbec

When my instagram friends, Tales of the Cork’s Greg and Geena, made a Mexican meatball soup a few weeks ago, I knew I wanted to make some. What could be better than meatballs, Mexican flavors, soup, and cheese when it is cold outside? Anything? I didn’t think so. Never having made this kind of soup…

Crockpot Chicken and Mango Salsa

Beaujolais-Villages and Crockpot Mango Salsa Chicken

One of my favorite, easy meals to make is making chicken in a crockpot with salsa. I shred the chicken when it’s done and use it throughout the week. I’ll put it on salads, in tacos, on flatbread, etc… I’ll usually choose a salsa that I haven’t tried before. It’s a different one each time.…

Giant Turkey Meatball and Rubus Zinfandel

Giant Meatball, Zinfandel, and What to Pair with Italian Marinara When You Don’t Have Italian Wine

While I love meatballs, they can be a pain to make. In one batch, there may be about 40 meatballs, and each one needs to be individually tended to. They each need to be rolled and then turned every so often in the skillet in order for them to cook. Half of the time, while…

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…

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…