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…

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…

Top 5 (+1 Bonus!): Reds to Drink with Netflix Bingeing

Don’t deny it; you’ve done it too. If you subscribe to Netflix, you have at one point or another binge watched a show to the point where your eyes are bloodshot. I’ve done it numerous times; Friends, Frasier, The New Girl, Making a Murderer, Scandal…the list keeps going. With every snow day, I begin a new…

Nothin’ Says Lovin’ Like Pizza From the Oven (& Martin Ray Merlot)

I may be the luckiest wife in the world. Not only is my husband cute, smart, and funny, but he bakes homemade bread. That’s right…homemade! He makes it in all kinds of ways; boule, baguette, sourdough, with nuts, without nuts, with seeds, without seeds, you name it, he can do it. It’s like his baby.…