Monthly Archives: April 2010

Wheel Your Way Through Provence

     If you’ve ever been to “wine country” – in almost any state or country where winegrapes are grown — chances are you’ve encountered them along the wine trails and back roads: bicyclists.

     Perhaps you even have been one of those bicyclists.

     Riding on a two-wheeler certainly is a slower-paced way to soak in the scenery and scents provided by the vineyards…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Love Pinot Noir? This Festival Is for You

     It’s just a little more than two weeks away, but if there’s any way you could swing the trip, it would be sooo worth your while.

     “It” is the 13th annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival, presented by the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association in California’s Mendocino County. The festival is scheduled for May 14-16 all over the bucolic valley.

     The Anderson Valley has been described as “a hidden treasure of pastoral beauty, colorful history, and bountiful food and drink.” It’s all of that and more…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Wine Festivals Galore in Michigan

     There are wine festivals and there are wine festivals.

     In Michigan, they take their wine festivals seriously, with four big ones scheduled during the spring and early summer.

     The most unusual would have to be the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival, set for June 19…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

'Single Night' to Focus on Single-Vineyard Wines… and More

    They call it “Single Night” for more than a single reason.

     “They” are the Russian River Valley Winegrowers, and they’ve planned a very special evening for Saturday, June 5 at C. Donatiello Winery.

     The focus of the event will be…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Plan Ahead for Memorable Wine Experiences

     If you’ve been putting off that wine-focused vacation for whatever reason, it’s time to get out there and smell the roses… and sniff the wine.

     One of my great pleasures in this job is sharing wine-tasting opportunities with you, and this week here on, we have several to tell you about.

     Tomorrow, log on to learn about a special event in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley that will focus exclusively on single-vineyard wines….

Posted in Editor's Journal

A Recipe for White AND Red Wine Lovers

     Sharing a bottle of wine can sometimes be problematic if one person prefers white wines and the other prefers reds.

     Here’s a recipe to bridge the gap and create food-and-wine pairing peace in our time. Try it with Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir… or both.

     This recipe makes 5 servings…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Springtime Is Salad Time

     As the days warm up, we’re eating lighter and, hopefully, healthier.

     Here’s a tasty dish that can be whipped up in just minutes, and pairs

perfectly with a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

     This recipe makes 4 servings…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

How to Spend Your Tax Refund

     Have money coming back this year from Uncle Sam?

     Lucky you!

     Please send your checks or money orders to: Robert Johnson, Editor,, c/o of the Web site.

     (Just kidding!)

     If you’re planning a bit of a splurge with your refund, here are two suggestions…

Posted in Wine Cellar Notes

How to Beat the Tax Day Blues

     Exactly one week has passed since Tax Day 2010.

     And if you’re like many Americans, you wrote a check to Uncle Sam that you really would have preferred not to write.

     But life goes on, and let’s face it, wine is an important part of life. So, the next time you eat out, don’t settle for iced tea; have a glass or share a bottle of wine.

     Here are two ways you can do just that…

Posted in Wine Cellar Notes

Backyard Nibbling and Sipping

     As the days get longer, the opportunities for outdoor eating increase. Here’s a recipe for some tasty treats that match beautifully with sparkling wine or a well-chilled white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc, Gruner Veltliner, Vinho Verde or Chenin Blanc. It makes about 3 dozen nibblers.



* 10-oz. wedge chilled Brie
* 7.5-oz. jar sun-dried tomatoes (in oil), drained…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes
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