Skillet Chicken in Tomato-Chipotle Sauce

I Don’t Always Drink Liquor, but When I Do…

…it is usually tequila. Maybe it’s the burning sensation that I like when it goes down, I’m not quite sure, but every so often I crave something other than wine. I like it neat: not in a margarita, not in juice, not even with salt or a lime…plain and simple. I don’t know much about…

Stir-fry and Grüner Veltliner

Umami, Stir-fry, and Grüner Veltliner

If you’re like me, you may have heard of umami, but have no idea what it is. Umami is one of the five tastes that we can detect with our taste buds (the other four are saltiness, sweetness, sourness, and bitterness). It is savory, brothy, and almost meat-like. Foods that are rich in glutamate, an…

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…

Anne & Amie Pinot Gris with Chicken Pasta Salad

Chicken Pasta Salad with Anne Amie Pinot Gris

Almost 99% of the time, when I plan my wine and food pairings for the week, I plan the meals first and then find a wine to go with them. So many wines can pair with a meal. I can usually find something on my wine rack that will go with what I am cooking.…

2016 Early Mountain Vineyards Rosé

Everything Goes with Rosé

It’s true. Everything that you can think of goes with Rosé. Why? Not a clue. Is it true? No idea. To be honest, this is just me making a declaration that has no credibility behind it other than my own research. Sure, maybe there is a reason why Rosé goes with everything, and maybe some wine…

Breaux Vineyards Tasting House

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Breaux Vineyards

*Reader, be prepared for a long post. This is not meant to quickly read during your lunch break. Get a glass of wine, change into your sweatpants, sit on the couch with your feet on the coffee table, and relax!* Boy, what a day! Mr. Grape Pairings and I just spent a wonderful morning and afternoon birding,…

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…

King Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc

Learn More About: Virginia Cabernet Franc w/ King Family Vineyards

When people think of American wines, they often think of wines from California, Washington, or Oregon. While these three states make out of this world wine, I’m just waiting for the day that Virginia gets the same recognition because Virginia knows how to make some really good wine. One perfect example of a grape that…

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…

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…