Monthly Archives: May 2012

Beyond Beer for Barbecue

Did you know there are more daylight hours during the month of June than in any other month? That is, of course, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, get ready for the darkest month of the year. But we pr…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

There’s More to Idaho Than Potatoes

Known for its breathtaking wilderness and perhaps more famously for its potatoes, Idaho also is home to a fast-growing wine industry and award-winning wines. Nestled between the Rocky Mountains and the Snake River, the Idaho wine regions nurture t…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Pairing Wine With Tomato Sauce

When learning how to cook, one of the first “recipes” we typically are taught is for spaghetti. It makes perfect sense, since preparing spaghetti is, basically, an extension of learning how to boil water. We cook the pasta in very hot water, and w…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes, Wine Tips

Willamette Valley Ready to Roll Out the Barrels

You know the summer wine touring season has arrived when “Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country” takes place in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The 22nd annual event begins Saturday and runs through Monday. This year, more than 150 wineries—some open t…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Green Winegrowing…Without Even Trying

One of the hallmarks of “green” winegrape growing—whether it’s organic, sustainable or biodynamic—is the exclusion of chemical pesticides from the vineyards. Chile has been a leader in “green” winegrowing almost by default, and it has its unique g…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Saturday Night (and Monday Morning) in Toledo, Ohio…

So I’m sitting at the Toledo Mud Hens game on Monday, lamenting the lack of a comprehensive “wine list”, when the guy sitting next to me with his two sons strikes up a conversation. I could see his sons, so I got out my cell phone and showed him p…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Mexican Hen Dog Trumps Wine at Ball Game

When what you do for a living also happens to be a passion, you’re in a good place. I thank my lucky stars every day that my No. 1 (non-human) passion—wine—is something I get to write about on a regular basis. My vinous radar is always on, looking…

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Good Wine in Unexpected Places

At many concert venues and most ballparks, when it comes to beverages, beer is the star and wine is an after-thought—if it’s thought of at all. You know the kind of wine you get at awards banquets or convention functions? Typically, it’s mass-prod…

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Riding the Rails: From the Coast to Colorado

Yesterday, we hopped aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train for a trip through one of the most beautiful valleys on Earth, which you can read here. Today, we’re heading down the coast of California, where the Santa Barbara Vino Train is just the ticket…

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All Aboard the Wine Train!

May 12 was National Train Day, with Amtrak staging celebrations at its stations in New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles. “Trains have always been an important part of America’s transportation legacy, and Amtrak has been America’s r…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log
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