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.…

The Duck Says “Quack” and the Carnivor Cabernet says “Roar!”

When we visit my in-laws for Christmas, we often cooked Christmas dinner. One year, we did a German spread, with wursts, homemade pretzel, homemade sour kraut, etc… This year, my husband and I decided to cook something different, something we never cooked before, and something that we had to continue to research in the middle…

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…

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…

Crock pot Balsamic Chicken with Pears & Portobello w/ St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc

In 2012, my husband and I spent part of our honeymoon in Napa, CA. While he is not as much of a wine-o as I am, we wined and dined at some of the best restaurants and vineyards that Napa Valley has to offer. One of the vineyards that we visited was St. Supery. This…

Tomato Pie Night!!!

Tomato Pie Night is one of the best nights of the year. Every summer, when the tomatoes are ripe and the basil is fragrant, my dear and wonderful friend makes the world’s best tomato pie. Beautiful layers of fresh heirloom tomatoes, basil, high quality olive oil, spices, provolone, mozzarella, and other fresh cheeses go into the…