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…

One Hope 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and Skinny Taste Buffalo Turkey Cheeseburger

Drinking for a Cause: OneHope Cabernet Sauvignon

OneHope Wine is a company that makes you feel good about drinking. Proceeds from each purchase go to a charity or cause that is specified on the bottle. Each wine label donates to a different cause, ranging from saving the planet, to providing to clean water, to helping children with special needs, to providing funding…

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…

Educated Guess, Avery Quinn

Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon vs. Avery Quinn Zinfandel

Two wines. One meal. One epic battle. Who will win?   In this corner, we have Avery Quinn Zinfandel from North Coast, California. An affordable Zin, costing only about $10. Dried cranberries, dried cherry, and dried raspberry fill the nose, making the wine appear to be sweet and fruity. However, the palate has an oaky flavor, consisting…

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…

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…

Learn More About: Argentinian Malbec w/ Bodega Luigi Bosca

Malbec is a kind of grape that is grown world wide, but primarily in Argentina and France. It originated in France (Cahors), mostly used in blends (i.e. Bordeaux blends), but wasn’t really popular as a single varietal. It wasn’t until it started to grow in Argentina that Malbec as a single varietal really began to…

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…

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…