At our November Fine Wine Divas event, we explored the wide variety of South American wines tasting from Chile to Uruguay to Argentina. It's a vast country of wine regions to explore. This great map from Wine Folly is perfect guide for finding your way around. As we learned, the South American wine industry is [...]
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Champagne, Sparkling Wines ... always make any occasion festive! But it is a very complicated subject. What makes Champagne, Champagne? And what's the difference between Champagne and Sparkling Wine? During our March Fine Wine Divas event, we set out to explore the subject. Here are some of the highlights and the group favorites. What is [...]
Virginia's top wines were named a few weeks ago with 2013 Virginia Wineries Association's Governor's Cup top honors going to Barboursville Vineyards' 2009 Octagon 12th Edition. Virginia currently ranks fifth in the number of wineries in the nation with 230 and 93 of the wineries submitted 377 red and white entries for this year's competition. Barboursville [...]
I'm always a big fan of sparkling wine, special occasion or none. And the holidays are the perfect time to bring out ANY bubbles. Last week, I attended an "I Brake for Bubbly" tasting at The Curious Grape, a local wine bar and shop, for a great tour through the sparkling wine world....Austria -> Chile [...]
Planet Wine, one of my neighborhood wine shops in Alexandria, Virginia, started Wednesday evening wine tastings, in addition to their usual Saturdays. I noticed on Twitter,Â Siema Wines, a local importer/distributor I like, was going to be featured on Wednesday so I stopped by for what turned out to be a tasting of fun and different [...]
My goal at Sunday's 36th Annual Virginia Wine FestivalÂ was two part...1)Â Buy a few great examples of Virginia wine for my upcoming girls' weekend, and 2) Discover a few new Virginia wineries I haven't tried.Â Success on both fronts!! The two-day event held in Centreville, Virginia (about 30 miles west of Washington, DC) brought together 40+ [...]
My goal at last weekend's Viginia Wine Expo was to taste wines from many of the wineries I'd heard about (I hit 15 wineries and sampled 88 wines) and find some favorites (I did!). Yesterday's post covered Blenheim Vineyards and DuCard Vineyards. Here are three more favorites. *Afton Mountain Vineyards: On the southeastern slope of [...]
Vinitalia! Â This is about my favorite wine shop in Amsterdam and just turned me on to some great new Italians! Vinitalia is a great little shop in the center of Amsterdam owned and run by Andrea. They have an exclusive collection from vineyards of Italy and their knowledge comes from years of personal experience from [...]
One of the great things about a West Coast Book Launch Tour (for my new book, KeeKee's Big Adventures in Paris, France) is there were great travel and wine experiences to be had...from Washington to Oregon to California! We started in Seattle which meant Washington wine. Just into town, a friend gave us a bottle [...]
This little country in southeast Europe sits between Romania and the Ukraine not far from the Black Sea and is home to a region that has been making wine for thousands of years! Attending Taste of Washington, DC last fall, I came upon an eight table wide sampling station of Moldova Wine hosted by the [...]