Pairing is Hard! Garofoli Verdicchio Doesn’t Care

In a dead-of-winter night, I just wanted to drink good wine and eat comfort food.  After a day of work, that was to be my Saturday night. I sliced vibrant orange sweet potatoes and roasted them until they were browned.  They were topped with creamy goat cheese, thin slices of pear and crunchy walnut...

Chateau Recougne Bordeaux and Zoodling My Way to Comfort

A quiet Saturday night. Just me, my zoodler, and a bottle of satisfying wine… But let me back up. A week before, marked the start of celebrating.  Bubbles, upon more happy bubbles! Thick sweet frosting topping a decadent cake.  Restaurants serving small bites, then more restaurants serving huge breakfasts.  Wine events filled with more...

Creta Roble: Warmth and Romance on an Iowa Winter Night

I fell in love with Ambrosio–just the name conjures up rugged romanticism–when reading The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti.  It is the true story of a world-famous cheese made in the rugged landscape of Spain’s hot Ribera del Duero region.The cheese was said to hold magic, made by a man of mystery and intrigue,...

Tarima Monastrell and The Magic of Soup

Getting sick when the air temperature was -21F was good timing.  It gave me a very good excuse not to go out in the frigid, not-fit-for-humanity, conditions. As temperatures began to moderate, and my uncontrollable coughing was slowing down, we made soup.  A warming soup, chock full of all things immune boosting. At the...

Cupcake Red Velvet Wine: My Holiday Tradition

Holidays are simpler now that my kids are grown.  Still, there are lists upon lists.  Lines to wait in.  Receipts stacking up on the desk that give a sense of dread, even as I avoid tallying them up. The one thing that helps me transcend the craziness of the holidays is keeping a tradition....

J Cuvee’s Bubbles for my Happy Holiday

BUBBLES! The very word brings a happy smile. Happy bubbles are the quintessential pairing with any celebration. Bubbles have another lesser-known quality–versatility.  Champagne and Sparkling Wines are mixed with orange juice for brunch quaffing.  They can be enjoyed with desserts.  Try Champagne with potato chips–yes really! Or risotto. In fact, pair bubbles with almost any...

Clean Slate Riesling is a Dance Party On Your Palate

Aaahh this Clean Slate Riesling!  It’s a balance of honeyed sweetness and racy acidity, just dying to dance on your palate! Clean Slate comes from Germany’s revered Mosel region, where the hillsides are steep, the river is winding, and the temperatures are cool.  Grapevines are planted on the sunny hillsides where temperatures warm up...