Rosa de Argentina is Divine

Oh how we all love the POP! of a Champagne cork! It loudly exclaims, “Let’s Celebrate!”. The truth is, the cork is only supposed to “sigh” upon proper removal, to retain as many of those exuberant bubbles as possible.  And, even as it screams for a celebration party, sparkling wine is just as comfortable at a quiet party of...

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Accompanies the Garden’s Bounty

There is no better time for the garden’s fresh produce than these hot, late summer days.Ripe tomatoes weigh down the vines, filled with their sweet sun-warmed juice. Zucchini ripens so fast, it can double in size in a day, if left on the vine.  Listen carefully, and you might hear it stretching its skin. Basil plants love...

Erath Oregon Pinot Noir Meets Quintessential Iowa

Sweet corn on the cob.  The first BLT of the summer with home-grown tomatoes.  Judging for the Iowa State Fair.  Roasting marshmallows over the bonfire. It was THE quintessential Iowa summer day and I drank in and savored every single detail. The day began with my annual trek to the Fairgrounds to judge wine for...