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…

Pairing Wine with Meats @ The Downtown Grille in Charlottesville

Over President’s Day weekend, Laura Beth and I went to Charlottesville to visit wineries, UVA, and Monticello. It was quite a wonderful weekend, with temperatures I the 60s and perfectly sunny. You couldn’t have asked for a better weekend, especially in February! One night, we wanted to have a fancy schmancy dinner, and we decided…

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…

A Cozy Week with Piedrasassi Part 2

Tonight’s dinner featured some more juicy meat in the form of a beef burger with some of that leftover truffle cheddar cheese. Oh, that cheese. The truffle cheddar with the Piedrasassi Syrah might be one of the best pairings I have ever had. It doesn’t matter what you put the cheese on; as long as…

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…

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…