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…

RdV Vineyards

Experiencing Virginia Wines: RdV Vineyards 

I’ve started this post over and over again. As I type, nothing seems appropriate for one of the most amazing wine experiences I have ever had. And that is just what it was…an experience. RdV Vineyards is dedicated not only making fabulous wine, but about making everyone have a memorable and enjoyable experience. In this…

Casanel Vineyards José Rosé

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Casanel Vineyards and Winery

This weekend’s birding/winery adventure brings us to Shenandoah University’s River Campus and Casanel Vineyards. These two venues are about an hour away, going to the end of the Dulles Toll Road and venturing further down route 7. You drive through small Virginia towns and beautiful hillsides. It’s a hike to drive all the way over…

Chirashi Bowl and Sake at Tachibana

Pairing Wine w/ Sushi @ Tachibana Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant in McLean

Whenever Dr. Grape Pairings and I want to celebrate and go out for a meal, we tend to go for sushi. We go all out with our orders, choosing a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Dr. Grape Pairings prefers the rolls, where as I go for the nigiri/sashimi meals. When Dr.…

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,…