Giant Turkey Meatball and Rubus Zinfandel

Giant Meatball, Zinfandel, and What to Pair with Italian Marinara When You Don’t Have Italian Wine

While I love meatballs, they can be a pain to make. In one batch, there may be about 40 meatballs, and each one needs to be individually tended to. They each need to be rolled and then turned every so often in the skillet in order for them to cook. Half of the time, while…

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…

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…

Pairing Wine with Meats @ The Downtown Grille in Charlottesville

Over President’s Day weekend, Laura Beth and I went to Charlottesville to visit wineries, UVA, and Monticello. It was quite a wonderful weekend, with temperatures I the 60s and perfectly sunny. You couldn’t have asked for a better weekend, especially in February! One night, we wanted to have a fancy schmancy dinner, and we decided…

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…

Tomato Pie Night!!!

Tomato Pie Night is one of the best nights of the year. Every summer, when the tomatoes are ripe and the basil is fragrant, my dear and wonderful friend makes the world’s best tomato pie. Beautiful layers of fresh heirloom tomatoes, basil, high quality olive oil, spices, provolone, mozzarella, and other fresh cheeses go into the…