Welcome to my food and wine blog. This blog highlights recent additions and updates to the website, as well as my tips on wine, wine reviews, wine theme decor, and food/wine pairing ideas.
Blackstone Pinot Noir comes from Blackstone Winery in Sonoma County, California. An economical, enjoyable wine with a bright ruby color. Refreshing, lightly fruity, with a hint of earthiness.
These wine reviews will help you select wines that are a good value for money, and pair them well with your food. Get wine recommendations and wine information, and share your reviews also.
Read our wine FAQ to get answers to all the most frequently asked questions about wine, ask your own questions, and participate in the conversation.
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We were planning to come to the Napa/Sonoma area in mid-May. Will wineries and restaurants be open by then?
This food and wine pairing guide helps you select the right food and wine to go together. The key to food pairing is to keep the wine and food balanced so that neither one dominates the palate.
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The New York wine country regions are home to some excellent wines, even though they are less well known than other regions. One example is the Finger Lakes wine country.
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Get Spanish wine information: types of wine in Spain, wine regions, grape varieties and more in this Spanish wine guide.
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An overview of California wines, from the different wine varieties, California wine regions and wineries, some of the best vintages, and recommendations on selecting wines.
Wine tasting can be intimidating for non-experts, but it doesn't need to be. These seven wine tasting tips will help you enjoy wine and not seem like an amateur.
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What are all the different types of wine, and what are their main characteristics? What food can you pair them with? What are the types of red wine, white wine, and others? Find out in this summary.
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Get wine information and resources - types of wine, food pairing, wine gifts, wine accessories, and more.
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Is it possible to purchase a home brew kit directly from a vineyard in the Carneros Valley, Napa, or Sonoma areas? I brew home wines, and I mostly purchase
Learn all about wine basics: types of wine, storing and serving wine, selecting wine, wine making, and food pairing.
The process of making white wine compared to red wine is not about the color of the grapes. White wine can actually be made from any color of grape.
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This blog post by OneHope Wine gives six great tips to help you feel more comfortable at your next wine tasting. These are their tips:
(1) Make sure to swirl and sniff your wine before tasting: it's not pretentious, it actually helps the wine taste better.
(2) After you swish and taste, you can either spit or swallow - the choice is totally up to you. I say swallow your wine, unless you're tasting a large number of glasses, but even then you can just choose to have a small sip of each.
(3) Take advantage of being at a wine tasting by asking questions. You'll learn more about wine, and it doesn't make you seem like an amateur. Your host or wine steward will probably love to tell you all about what you are sampling.
(4) Plan your wine budget before going. If the wine tasting is at a winery or a store, you will probably want to bring some bottles home with you. And some tastings have a small cover charge as well.
(5) Write down what you learn - there's nothing wrong about taking notes. In fact, that will help you the next time you're in your local wine store looking at all the shelves of wine trying to decide what to buy.
(6) Stay hydrated with water, and eat some small bites between tastings. Wineries will usually offer small bites to clear your palate and/or highlight the flavor of the wine, such as crackers, cheeses, or nuts.
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