Umami in Asian Cuisine

Top 5: Wines with Umami

Just recently, I wrote a post about umami. Before reading further, I highly suggest that you take a gander in order to understand what it is. Umami, one of the flavors that our taste buds can detect, can be tricky to pair with wine, especially with Asian cuisine. Take a look at the map that I cropped…

Pairing Wine with Small Plates @ Zaytinya in Washington, D.C.

Small-plates, or tapas-styled restaurants are becoming increasingly popular. Most of the time, the menu features Spanish or Mediterranean cuisine. You can order a variety of vegetable, fish, and meat dishes, ranging in flavors and cooking methods. With such an assortment of foods prepared in all kinds of different ways, how are you supposed to choose…

One of My Favorite Wine Pairings: Lentil Meatballs w/ Presto Sparkling Rosé

One of my favorite wine and food pairings are lentils and rosé. It is not a wine pairing that you probably think of in terms of classic wine and foods that go together, but in my apartment, I pair these two rather frequently (see here). The savoriness of the lentils go nicely with the citrus and berry…

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…

Keeping it Classy: Champagne Pommery & Chipotle

This was very celebratory weekend. Not only was it my husband and my 5th wedding anniversary, but after 7+ years, my husband had finally turned in his dissertation!!! While the defense date is still unknown, my husband is already looking like more relaxed man. He has been very stressed writing the dissertation over the past few…