My Spring Obsession: Pink Wine!

Spring’s arrival brings Pink!  Pink sweaters…. Pink manicures….  Pink purses…. Pink hair… (No pink hair for me. I tried feathers once, that was wild enough!) But for me? Spring brings PINK WINE!   Pink is really not my favorite color, but I am fully on-board with the new trend of Spring releases of Rose’...

Black Ink Red Wine, And How I Fell In Love With An Octopus

I fell in love with the ocean years ago.  Many of us do. Its vastness makes our problems seem small. Its relentless lapping at the shore is more soothing than any meditation soundtrack. The show it puts on every evening at sunset is more beautiful than any image on a screen. My recent annual...

Let’s Get Irreverent! With Portugal’s Irreverente Wines

It’s not that I’m actually disrespecting Chardonnay or Merlot… I’m just momentarily turning away from them. Toward something new, out of the ordinary. Irreverente wines are not the usual Sunday-after-church, pot-roast-dinner kind of wines. No sir. These wines blend grapes you’ve never heard of, package them with splotchy artwork labels, and throw them at...

Enhance Romance! (With the Best Wine and Chocolate Pairings)

I hear it every year around Valentine’s Day.  “Wine and chocolate just go together!!” Well, no.  No they don’t. Wine and chocolate, if mis-matched, can be a bitter, bitter experience.  And ain’t nobody wantin’ bitter on Valentine’s day! Immediate romantic buzz-kill. Sooo… in the interest of romance, I gathered a collection of wines and...

An Arrogant Frog and his Veggies

Zucchini, yellow squash, even carrots, come to life when they are spiralized.  They twirl, they show off their colors, they escape from the bowl! With the twist of a handle, suddenly these veggies have energy! With fifteen minutes or so of spiralizing, I had a bowl full of energetic vegetables ready to eat for...

Birthday Bubbles with Argyle Vintage Brut

Bubbles can brighten any dreary day. Especially birthday bubbles! It was yet another gloomy day in Iowa’s long, desolate winter. But never mind, my birthday is approaching. Close enough that I felt like celebrating. You know, I love my bubbles! So with an ease of the cork, the bubbles were flowing and I could look...

La Crema Willamette Valley Pinot Noir: I Will Sleep!

I’m not sleeping well these days. Are you? I should stay away from social media and news programs. But knowledge is power, and I feel a need to fortify myself with information. Rather than being fortified, however, I am left with a feeling of impending doom. A retreat to the kitchen where I could...

Bubbles Beyond New Year’s Eve: Argyle Willamette Valley Brut

It started with a post from my friend Chef Andrew: https://www.hy-vee.com/meal-solutions/recipes/Sesame-Encrusted-Responsible-Choice-Tuna-Steaks-with-Asian-Slaw-(Get-Cooking)-R10731.aspx And then a plan: “Let’s make these tuna steaks for dinner this Saturday!” Then, a wine: Argyle Willamette Valley Brut! A post from NPR’s Bloglovin today discussed ways to use up those “unused champagne bottles from your New Year’s Eve festivities.” https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/bloglovin-food-3904551/9-champagne-cocktails-to-kick-off-new-year-5365199191 Who has...

Orin Swift Cellars Abstract; Who Needs a Warm Blanket?

The first deep cold of this winter season came blasting through this weekend. Windchills were recorded at 35F below zero.  Snowflakes were whipped horizontally by the wind. As the system pulled away, even the sun couldn’t disguise the cold that settled in behind.  It merely glinted off the ice that remained solidly on frozen surfaces....