You are Invited to Beaujolais with the French #Winophiles

This month French Winophiles visit Beaujolais. Are you a blogger or Beaujolais winelover that would like to join us? Here is your ticket…all aboard! Beaujolais is a wine region often noted for the late fall release of the new wine, which is celebrated and consumed during the year of its harvest. It’s called les Beaujolais Nouveaux (the new…

Wine For the Nights We Stay Home

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ~Edith Sitwell This article tells the story of my experience with Two Hands Wine. Also, priceless time at home with loved ones, wine worth…

Books for Winelovers

November is National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo in writer-code. During this month, writers are challenged to write a 50,000 word book. The NaNoWriMo community provides support, inspiration and tracking functionality. There have been several years that I’ve participated, and I’ve gone on to complete a partially-prepared-during NaNoWriMo story, the one that has emerged as my favorite…

Finding Jura

This article hunts down the mystery of Jura wines. Yes, a mystery…how very Halloween… On a dark and stormy night, just like this…. Wait, that isn’t how this goes. Try again…. On a sunny blue-bath-sky October afternoon, just like this…a woman searches in vain to find the answers that she needs. If only the ancient…

Evenings with Merlot

This article is all about Merlot, in conjunction with #MerlotMe and #WinePW, featuring two bottles from the Napa Valley. When I was a younger gal, an early wine drinker, my go-to wine was Merlot. I still remember walking into a Champagne bar and ordering a glass of Merlot instead of bubbly. Merlot proved, and still…

Harvest in Italy

This article captures a moment in time, fall grape harvest 2016, through the comments from Italian grape-growers and wine-makers. Italy has produced wine since antiquity. Each year the vineyard follows a similar, steady pattern of planting, pruning, harvesting. Fall brings the harvest of grapes and with it new promise for the just-in vintage. I’ve asked a…

Fall In Italy

This article drops the reader into Italy during the cooling and beautiful months of fall. Food, wine, harvest, travel, culture, methods, tradition… the #ItalianFWT group decorates their blogs with this fascinating setting: Fall in Italy. In a sweeping set of lifetime memories, some stand out clearly: harvest-scent. the touch of a turtle-neck. home-warm. early-night. smoke from…

Harvest in British Columbia

In this article I share an insider’s view of the 2016 grape harvest in British Colombia, Canada, from winemakers and grape growers. If pressed to guess, where in the world is the picture above? Where is Summerland? Where on Earth is Evolve Cellars located? HelloBC tells us: “Summerland (population 10,828) is an agricultural community with…

Harvest in Bordeaux

This article visits the regions of Graves and Entre-Deux-Mers as an example of the harvest season in Bordeaux. As I write this, estates harvest. They send their hands and boots to the vines as the grapes they’ve nurtured for months (from the vines they’ve nurtured for years) come into the winery. The harvest comes in…

The French #Winophiles in Bordeaux: Peek at Graves & Entre-Deux-Mers

The French Winophiles are touring the Bordeaux regions of Graves and Entre-Duex-Mers. Learn about Graves, according to Wines of Bordeaux as: “Dotted with Grands Crus classés and discreet vineyards, these terroirs enjoy high-quality soils and microclimates conducive to winegrowing.” And Entre-Deux-Mers, which is nested between two bodies of water. Wines of Bordeaux says: The Dordogne…

The Original Bubbly: Blanquette de Limoux

Looking for bubbles, sparkles and fizz? Don’t call it Champagne, this is Blanquette de Limoux, from Languedoc. Time to pop the cork! Earlier this year I wrote a piece for Palate Press about the Languedoc Outsiders, a group of winemakers from all imaginable backgrounds and locations who landed in Languedoc order to make. While researching the story,…

Go Ahead and Say It: Grüner Veltliner

This article encourages a glass of Grüner Veltliner, a food-friendly Austrian varietal, explored for Wine Paring Weekend #WinePW. I have a theory. People drink easy-to-say wines first. If they have to point to the wine list to order, they feel sheepish. No one wants to feel sheepish, so they order something they can pronounce. As an…

A Beginner’s Guide to Volcanic Wines

This article introduces Italian wine from grapes grown in volcanic soil. Volcanic Activity It’s one of society’s most fascinating and upsetting stories: Pompeii. …and the walls kept tumbling down, in the city that we love…grey clouds fall over the hills bringing darkness from above… ~Bastille, Pompeii From HISTORY: “Ever since the ancient Greeks settled in the area in…

Harvest in Provence

Here we enjoy scenes of the vendage, wine grape harvest, at Château Romanin in Les Baux de Provence AOP. I’ve had the great pleasure of enjoying the wines of Château Romanin during my visits to Provence. I still remember drinking my first bottle during a rainy spring evening in little cafè called Le Marilyn in…