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.

Jul 19, 2019

Fat Barrel Wine Reviews: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc

The Fat Barrel Wine Company is an importer of South African wines. I review their delicious yet affordable Cabernet/Shiraz blend and their Sauvignon Blanc.

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Jul 18, 2019

Acacia Winery – A by Acacia Chardonnay Wine Review

Acacia Winery produces a nice reasonably priced Chardonnay. Read our wine review of their A by Acacia Chardonnay and add your own comments.

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Jul 15, 2019

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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Jul 12, 2019

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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Jul 10, 2019

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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Jul 09, 2019

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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Jul 08, 2019

Spanish Wine Information: A Guide to Wines from Spain

Spanish wine information, from the different types of wine produced in Spain, wine regions, grape varieties and more. Check out this Spanish wine guide to increase your enjoyment of wines from Spain.

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Jun 28, 2019

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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Jun 19, 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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Jun 19, 2019

Wine Basics: The Beginner’s Wine Guide

This page covers wine basics, to help you extend your enjoyment of wine. This basic wine information includes types of wine, storing and serving wine, selecting wine, wine making, and food pairing.

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Jun 19, 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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Jun 07, 2019

Italian Wine Guide

This Italian wine guide will help you get the most out of Italian wines: the different types of wine from Italy, tips on reading wine labels, pairing Italian food and wine.

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May 28, 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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May 13, 2019

Firstleaf wine club's Chanme Mechant merlot

Last month an ad for Firstleaf Wine Club popped up in my Facebook feed, with an introductory offer for 6 wines for $20, so I decided to give it a try.

I was having some roast vegetables and pork for dinner, so thought I'd open the bottle of french Merlot: the Chanme Mechant 2017 Merlot from Pays d'Oc in the south of France.

Pays d'Oc is France's largest and oldest wine making region, near the Mediterranean. I thought the warmer climate might lead to a fruitier wine, but found the opposite to be true in this case.

Honestly, I wasn't a fan immediately after opening the bottle - the first sip seemed a bit flat and lacking in fruit. But 45 minutes later the wine had opened up, and I could taste under-ripe blackberries with a bit of spice. It was quite drinkable, but not my favorite Merlot. I like my Merlots a little fruitier. The touch of spice was quite nice, though.

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May 13, 2019

French Wine: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Chablis & more

Learn about French wine such as Bordeaux wine, Beaujolais, Burgundy wine, Chablis, Sauternes and Champagne. Find out about wine tours in France, gifts, regions & more.

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