Timpana

Timpana/Timpano/Timballo Night

Timpana/Timpano/Timballo (I can’t figure out which is the right word!), an Italian dish, is basically everything that is good in this world. Coming from Sicily and Malta, this recipe can feed an army. It is literally a pasta pie. The pie crust is pasta. The inside is layers of more pasta with all the goodness…

Halo Top and Pistachio

Sambuca Soaked Pistachios on Halo Top Vanilla Ice Cream

Sambuca is an Italian anise flavored liqueur. Anise is similar (though very different) from licorice. Flavored with star anise, this drink is usually clear and has a thicker texture. It is often served after dinner, as the anise flavors are a perfect to cleanse the palate after a meal. Often served with coffee or neat,…

Prosciutto, Melon, Bollo Chianti

Sometimes, I Wish I Were Italian: Chianti with Prosciutto e Melone

Do you ever feel like you should have been born in a different country? I feel like that all of the time. My maiden name is Roman, I tan well, I like wine and Italian food, I’m known to be loud, and I talk with my hands…you’d think I was Italian! Sadly, no. While I…

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…

Grilled Chicken with Caymus

Grilled Chicken, Salad, & Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

The other night, Laura Beth and her family were kind enough to host a lovely dinner for Dr. GP and me. Her family are big wine collectors and wanted to share some of their precious bottles with us. They have been collecting wine for a long time and have bottles that I never imagined being…

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 w/ Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva

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 are primarily made out of the Tempranillo grape, There can be a mix of other grapes, but it is usually almost all Tempranillo. There…

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…