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…

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…

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…

Chicken 'n Waffle Taco with Birichino Zinfandel

Chicken and Waffle Tacos w/ Saint Georges Birichino Zinfandel

By nature, I am a compulsive planner. I make to-do lists for my to-do lists. If I make plans to do something with friends, I need to lock down the specifics immediately. I even lesson plan at least a week in advance (which for all of you who are not teachers, we often plan a day…

Top 5s: Chardonnays for People Who “Don’t Like Chardonnay”

I’ll admit, I used to be one of those people who said they didn’t like Chardonnay. Too much butter! Too many oaky tastes! I want to drink wine, not eat shortbread cookie dough! It wasn’t until I decided to learn more about wine that I discovered that Chardonnay is just as diverse as other wines and can…

Top 5s: Hooray for Rosé!!!

Yay!! It’s Rosé season! Rosé might be my favorite kind of wine. It is so versatile and can pair with almost any food. Rosé is the pretty one of the wine group, looking gorgeous with whatever she is paired with. She (because let’s face it…Rosé is clearly a female) is always fashionable, and people eagerly await her…

Top 5s: Chardonnays for People Who “Don’t Like Chardonnay”

I’ll admit, I used to be one of those people who said they didn’t like Chardonnay. Too much butter! Too many oaky tastes! I want to drink wine, not eat shortbread cookie dough! It wasn’t until I took wine more seriously that I discovered that Chardonnay is just as diverse as other wines and can have…

Friends Make the Grapest Pairings :)

This past Sunday, Mr. Grape Pairings and I had some friends over. These are the kinds of friends that you don’t get together with as often as you would like, but when you do, time is irrelevant, laughs are by the plenty, and you enjoy being with their company. To celebrate finally getting together, Mr.…

You Win Some, You Lose Some: Cline Cellar’s Ancient Vine Mourvèdre

I’ve been cut off from buying more wine. Currently, I have 30ish bottles on the wine rack, and I’ve been instructed by the hubby not to buy anymore until we drink what we have. Until this ban, I had been buying a bottle to go with my meals each week, even when there was a collection…