Alma Negra M Blend is Cloaked in Darkness

Three ravens are just outside my window this morning, watching me with their beady black eyes. It is fitting that they are nearby as I write about the Alma Negra M Blend.  The wine is cloaked in darkness; the black label reveals only a shadow of a masked face.  Sinister, sneering, ghostly. The bottle label...

Ravenswood Besieged with the Talented Trio

Pumpkin Chili All you need: 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 small red onion, finely diced 1 green bell pepper, finely diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 cups cooked and diced chicken 1 cup canned pumpkin 2 (14.5 oz. each) cans Hunts No Salt Added diced tomatoes 1 (15 oz.) can chili beans 1 (15...

Troublemaker Red Wine Fits a Rabble-Rousing Weekend

The rolling hills of western Iowa are blanketed with perfectly rowed corn plants, all dried down and waiting to be harvested.  Tucked into the hills is the charming community of Ida Grove, where the annual “Wine & Bier Contest” is held.  We traveled there for this 38th annual meeting, where we were privileged to...

Bogle Phantom Appears on an October Day

These are the days that make so many declare Fall as their favorite time of year.  Sunday brought brilliant blue skies, warm temperatures and tall autumn grasses waving in the cool breeze. Night brought cooler temperatures and starlit skies along with a toasty warm backyard fire. It was quintessential October, so I chose a...

Michael David Inkblot Cabernet Franc Warms a Chilly Day

Sunday.  Gray day.It was the first cold, drizzly, hoodie-sweatshirt day of Fall.  Time to put away the patio wines of Summer. We welcomed the chill by firing up the smoker and opening a wine big enough to wrap us up in its warmth–same as my hoodie. Inkblot 2010, from Michael David Winery in Lodi,...