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…

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…

Learn More About…Rioja (Meat Edition)

Today’s segment of “Learn More About” features:  Rioja Alta Tonight’s wine: 2010 Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva ($22) Tonight’s Meal: Quick Skillet Steak with Onions and Mushrooms (Skinnytaste) Fun Fact: Rioja is not a grape. Sauvignon Blanc? Grape. Chardonnay? Grape. Merlot? Grape. Rioja? Region. Rioja is a region in Northern Spain where the grape, Tempranillo, is grown. Most Riojas…

This wasn’t supposed to be a blog post! Elouan Rosé

*Quick update on life*  Why, hello everyone! It’s been a while! How he heck are you? Between traveling, being sick, being angry at the way current events are happening, and having endless commitments pretty much every day these past few weeks, I have had no time to blog. However, that quiet streak should change now that…

Italian Pulled Pork Ragu & Pearmund Cellar’s Black Ops Red

    This past summer, I visited Pearmund Cellars in Broad Run, Virginia with a friend. Without a doubt, it is one of the best Virginia wineries that I have been to. I don’t usually blog reviews about Virginia wineries because my blog is primarily about pairings, but I wish I had on Pearmund. Not…

A cozy week with Piedrasassi Syrah Part 1

Some wines are good, some not so good, some are even great. Very few wines are so exceptional that the heavens open, the gods sing, and you feel in complete Nirvana. This post is about one of those wines; Piedrasassi Syrah. For me, this was one of those OMG, life changing, where have you been…

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,…

Curried Butternut Squash & Quinoa Soup, Horton Vineyard’s Rojo Xoco, & Viticulture 

During the week, the mister and I keep pretty busy. Between his schedule and mine, we rarely get to see each other until the weekend. It is always an unexpected joy when we actually get to hang out with one another on a Monday-Friday. Tonight, we had such an occasion, and we knew we would…

Keeping it Classy: Champagne Pommery & Chipotle

This was very celebratory weekend. Not only was it my husband and my 5th wedding anniversary, but after 7+ years, my husband had finally turned in his dissertation!!! While the defense date is still unknown, my husband is already looking like more relaxed man. He has been very stressed writing the dissertation over the past few…