Food and Wine Blog

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.

Jun 09, 2020

Blackstone Pinot Noir Wine Review

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.

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May 19, 2020

Wine Reviews, Wine Recommendations

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.

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May 06, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions About Wine - Wine FAQ

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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May 06, 2020

Wineries Open?

We were planning to come to the Napa/Sonoma area in mid-May. Will wineries and restaurants be open by then?

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Apr 15, 2020

Food and Wine Pairing: The Food Wine Guide

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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Apr 14, 2020

New York Wine Country: Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes Wines and More

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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Apr 08, 2020

Spanish Wine Information: A Guide to Wines from Spain

Get Spanish wine information: types of wine in Spain, wine regions, grape varieties and more in this Spanish wine guide.

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Mar 28, 2020

Guide to California Wines

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.

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Oct 30, 2019

Seven Top Wine Tasting Tips - Learn about Tasting Wine

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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Oct 21, 2019

Types of Wine: Types of Red Wine, White Wine, Sparkling Wine and More

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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Sep 25, 2019

Wine Information - Types of Wine, Food Pairing, Wine Gifts and more

Get wine information and resources - types of wine, food pairing, wine gifts, wine accessories, and more.

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Sep 12, 2019

Home Brew Wines

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

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Sep 06, 2019

Wine Basics: The Beginner’s Wine Guide

Learn all about wine basics: types of wine, storing and serving wine, selecting wine, wine making, and food pairing.

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Aug 27, 2019

Making White Wine - How is White Wine Made?

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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Aug 12, 2019

6 Tips to be a Wine Tasting Pro

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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