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…

Power of an Aftertaste and Alto Moncayo Veraton Garnacha

My hubby’s New Year’s Resolution is to eat more vegetables. While I often cook dinners with loads of veggies, those used to be the only meal where the hubby would eat any leafy greens or fibrous foods. To help him with his resolution, he bought a Vegetable cookbook called, Lucky Peach Presents: Power Vegetables! Turbocharged Recipes for Vegetables…

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 Part II: A Tale of Two Pairings

I work part time at a wine store two nights a week, so leftovers and quick meals are crucial so that I have something to pack for dinner. Luckily, I had some leftover Chicken Cacciatore from the other night, so dinner was good to go. I heated it with up with some chopped zucchini as…

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…