Rioja Crianza 2013 Marqués de Cáceres

Chicken Fajitas and Rioja Crianza 2013 Marqués de Cáceres

Hot chicken fajitas, fresh out of the oven! This photo was taken before I added piles and piles of cilantro This Rioja Crianza 2013 Marqués de Cáceres had so much going on! With flavors of strawberry, cherry, chocolate, cinnamon, and dried flowers (like a tea), and a body that was full,, and with medium tannins,…

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Shredded Chicken Tacos with Georges DuBoeuf 2017 Beaujolais Nouveau

The crockpot is one of my all-time favorite kitchen gadgets. It makes everything so easy! What are some of your favorite tools to use in the kitchen? Let me know in the comments below! Tonight I made some chicken tacos with a homemade avocado cream sauce. The entire recipe was adapted from Well Plated by…

Crockpot Chicken and Mango Salsa

Beaujolais-Villages and Crockpot Mango Salsa Chicken

One of my favorite, easy meals to make is making chicken in a crockpot with salsa. I shred the chicken when it’s done and use it throughout the week. I’ll put it on salads, in tacos, on flatbread, etc… I’ll usually choose a salsa that I haven’t tried before. It’s a different one each time.…

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 Wineries: 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…