Tascante Nerello Mascalese is an Energetic WOW!

Chef Andrew and I taste a wine that is new to our shelf, and new to our palates!  It comes from the island of Sicily on the slopes of Mt. Etna, an active volcano.  The wine is pure, energetic and so unique.  Chef prepares Seared Duck Breast with a Cherry Gastrique that is out...

Complicated Red Wine Celebrates Love!

Love and romance is alive and well!.  At least in my corner of the world. I say this with confidence, having just worked in my retail setting through a Valentine’s Day weekend.  So much champagne, chocolate, flowers, and ingredients for fabulous shared meals! No matter what you might think about Valentine’s Day being contrived, I could...

Franciscan Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Fights the Flu

Oh, what to do when influenza-b makes a visit to your home?Make some effing miso soup, of course! My goodness, sorry for the colorful reference, but since my soup recipe came from the F-bomb-laced cookbook, Thug Kitchen, (published by Rodale, Inc., no less!) I just couldn’t help myself!  Whether the irreverent cookbook invokes chuckles,...

Insurrection Wine with Sue and Chef Andrew’s Italian Meatballs

Chef Andrew and I taste the new Insurrection wine with spaghetti, Italian meatballs and some pretty interesting pasta…. What else does Chef Andrew add for extra depth of flavor?  Dark chocolate in a nod to the upcoming Valentine’s Day!  Amazing, as always! Also amazing is this big, dense, bold wine from South Eastern Australia!We...