Saturday I discovered three fun Italian wines in Sonoma...Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar in Washington, DC that is. ;) The first wine was over dinner (very good food by the way) and part of the Tiny Bubbles wine flight, a comparison of sparkling wines.Â The flights at Sonoma are generous pours so you really get a [...]
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Day one of our Sonoma Wine Country Weekend we spent in the Russian River Valley and Healdsburg visiting Iron Horse Vineyards, Pellegrini Family Vineyards and Seghesio Family Vineyards. Iron Horse Vineyards Our first stop was at this gorgeous hill top winery...as you approach on a dirt road you see the palm tree lined entrance in [...]
Epcot Food & Wine Festival is a great opportunity to discover new wines. Among the 28 wines and champagnes I sampled last week, here are three new interesting discoveries from Germany, China, and Portugal. Germany's Kloster Pinot Grigio You don't see many Pinot Grigios from Germany. This one was served at Epcot's Germany Weinkeller and [...]
Two new Italian wines exclusively for Disney Parks, Sogno d'Italia, were introduced at this year's Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Bottled by Placido in Tuscany and imported by Banfi Vintners, these easy drinkable wines will continue to be available after the festival at Enoteca Castello in Epcot's Italy and begin to be served in many [...]
On a flight now to Orlando for this 16th annual food and wine lovers dream festival! Our first visit last year was a blast and this year I'm looking forward to new experiences including: Epcot Wine School: I'm attending one of the five wine schools offered during the festival. Sunday's school is 'Bewitched, Bothered and [...]
In Seattle this week I've discovered two nice wines you might want to check out! Pasek Cellars 2007 SyrahÂ Pasek Cellars was started by Gene and Kathy Pasek in 1995. Located in Mount Vernon, Washington, their specialty is fruit wine but they ventured into Syrah. Grape Variety: 100% Syrah Aroma: Warm spice and berries. Taste:Â Extremely [...]
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+ [...]
Today is the launch of a new wine label, entwine, that makes pairing wine and food easy. From Food Network and California's Wente Vineyards, the initial line of entwine wines is now available nationwide with the 2009 vintage of four varietals, including Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, retailing for $12.99 each. Each wine [...]
As wine bloggers and industry leaders convene in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend for the Wine Bloggers Conference, I thought it appropriate to highlight the man many call the Father of the Virginia's modern wine industry. While Thomas Jefferson started it all at Monticello, Gabriele Rausse made Virginia wine country a reality. In 1976 the Italian [...]
Easter in Tuscany sounded perfect... and why not use this long weekend to finally visit Cortona, the quintessential hilltown made famous by Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun! The medieval tower standing above town on the hillside, the 16th century Medici fortress at the top of town, the steep narrow streets and alleyways you wander [...]