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.…

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Early Mountain Vineyards Part One

Over President’s Day Weekend, my friend, Laura Beth, and I went to Charlottesville to go vineyard hopping. Every so often, we need a break from city life to go out in the country and try the many wonderful wines that Virginia has to offer. We usually go to places around Leesburg, so it was nice…

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Barboursville Vineyards and the Octagon Tasting

Visiting Barboursville Vineyards will always be a memorable experience for me because it was my first vertical tasting. If you are ever lucky enough to experience a vertical tasting of wine, I highly suggest doing it. For those of you who do not know (and I was one of you until about 2 weeks ago),…

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…

Italian Pulled Pork Ragu & Pearmund Cellar’s Black Ops Red

    This past summer, I visited Pearmund Cellars in Broad Run, Virginia with a friend. Without a doubt, it is one of the best Virginia wineries that I have been to. I don’t usually blog reviews about Virginia wineries because my blog is primarily about pairings, but I wish I had on Pearmund. Not…

Chicken Cacciatore w/ Sicilian Red Blend

The crockpot is my lifesaver. It is my get-out-of-jail-free card, or my attempt at gourmet when I don’t feel like cooking. Today (Wednesday) was my last day of summer freedom before going back to work tomorrow, and I wanted to spend the day doing what I will not be able to do during the school…

Snow Days and Neflix Binge Watching

I do not pair all of my wines with food. Sometimes, I pair wines with my mood, the day, or whatever it is that I am doing. Back in February 2016, DC encountered a blizzard that we lovingly called “Snowzilla.” We had about 2 feet of snow, not including the snow piles. Snow plows got stuck, most side…