Chateau Ste Michelle Gewurztraminer–Easy for You to Say!

“I want that wine… you know, the one that starts with a G.  It’s a really long name.” “Ah yes, Gew├╝rztraminer!”, I say, and they gasp at my effortless pronunciation. This is how it often happens at my store.So intimidating to say, but who cares? It’s so lovely to sip! Gewurztraminer (geh-VERTZ-trah-meen-er) originates in Germany and...

Di Majo Norante Sangiovese Saturday

Fall weekends in the heartland bring cool sunny days with brilliant blue skies, all-out corn and bean harvesting, and college football.  Friends and family gather to celebrate wins and accept losses. I traveled to visit my sons, driving past cornfields once bursting with tall stick-straight stalks, now brown and cut down to mere inches. We threw pizzas in the oven while cheering the...

Mer Soleil Silver Gets My Thug On

I am not a thug, but I play one in my kitchen.Thug Kitchen, that is.  It is one of my favorite vegetarian cookbooks, full of over-the-top flavors, all fresh ingredients, lots of irreverent cursing, and chuckles. We picked out an enchilada recipe filled with sweet potatoes, black beans, maple syrup and squash covered with a sauce...