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…

Cheddar-Stuffed Sweet Potato BBQ Turkey Meatloaf and Qupé Syrah

Cheddar-Stuffed Sweet Potato BBQ Turkey Meatloaf and Qupé Syrah

I saw the above picture when I was perusing for recipes. Salivating yet? When I saw this picture, I knew I had to make it. I mean, just look at it! Meat, cheese, barbecue sauce… all of these things are delicious. This recipe, much like all Ambitious Kitchen’s recipes, had to be delicious. After cooking and biting…

Falls Church Farmers Market- North Gate Vineyards

Experiencing Virginia Wines: North Gate Vineyard @ Falls Church Farmers Market

The Falls Church Farmers Market has been around since the 1980s. While it’s no where near as grand as, say, Eastern Market, it is a dense farmers market for such a small area. During peak months, more than 50 vendors will be there. Some of them have been there since the market started. Talk about loyalty!…

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…

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…

Learn More About: Rioja w/ Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva

Fun Fact: Rioja is not a grape. Sauvignon Blanc? Grape. Chardonnay? Grape. Merlot? Grape. Rioja? Region. Rioja is a region in Northern Spain where the grape, Tempranillo, is grown. Most Riojas are primarily made out of the Tempranillo grape, There can be a mix of other grapes, but it is usually almost all Tempranillo. There…

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…

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),…