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 and food/wine pairing ideas.
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.
There was an interesting question raised by a visitor on the Wine Spectator site which is something I've often asked myself also:
Why isn't more wine sold in plastic bottles?
After all, plastic bottles are unbreakable and lighter.
The challenge, of course, is that wine may be stored for a long time in its bottle - often for years. Plastic is actually more porous than glass, and some air can leak in, oxidizing the wine over several months.
All about Pinot Noir wine: how to serve Pinot Noir, wine reviews, Pinot Noir history, food pairings and more. Pinot Noir is a light red wine that pairs with many types of food very well.
Check out the Mediterranean Kitchen store for wine theme kitchen decor, Tuscan decor
Learn about Italian Pinot Grigio wines, including how to serve Pinot Grigio, reviews, & other useful information. Pinot Grigio is the most popular Italian white wine & can be enjoyed with most food.
Discover information on French wine such as Bordeaux wine, Beaujolais, Burgundy wine, Chablis, Sauternes and Champagne. Find out about wine tours in France, wine gifts, wine regions and more.
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.
With the warmer weather, it's time to try a sweet, refreshing dessert wine: Moscato.
Moscato wine is made from the Muscat grape, and can be either dry (common in France) or sweet.
Today, I tried an affordable Italian Moscato from my local grocery store for under $10: Serafio Moscato.
It's a nice golden yellow color. A light floral aroma. Bold sweet flavor, with honey, cantaloupe, and citrus, with a nice tangy grapefruit finish.
You can drink this not only as a refreshing dessert wine, but it could also go well to balance spicy food.
At my Bottle King this week, they had the 90-point French “Les Ligeriens” Rosé D’Anjou on sale for $7.99 a bottle.
I love a glass of super-cold, refreshing French Rosé wine in the summer (rosé wines from France are nothing like the “red zinfandel” rosés that we know in the US), so I decided to pick up a few bottles.
This was a delicious rosé at a great price. Medium dry yet fruity with a lovely citrusy zing to it, this one had a little more sweetness than many French rosé wines. I taste grapefruit, tart peach, and cherries. Best drunk extra cold on a hot day. Personally, I love a French rosé as an aperitif before dinner on a hot summer day.
So try a French rosé wine. You’ll be surprised!
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.
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.
Argentinean wines are rapidly increasing in popularity, and with that the Malbec grape - Argentina's flagship varietal - has been moving from practically unknown to a favorite among many wine drinkers.
Bodega Astica is a winery in the Cuyo region of Argentina, and in the Mendoza subregion. Astica produces some of the most affordable yet reliably delicious Malbec coming out of Argentina today. I picked up a couple of bottles of Astica Malbec 2011 from my local grocery store at just $4.99 each.
The first thing that struck me was the wonderful deep red-violet color of this wine, typical of Malbec. The aroma is fruity, with plums and dried cherries. That was followed by a full, sweet mouth feel, lots of berry flavors (black currant, blackberries, black cherries, a little plum), and finished with some nice, medium tannins, with notes of spice and smoke. A surprisingly drinkable wine for $5 per bottle.
This wine is still quite youthful, so I think it's worthwhile to set some aside for aging.
Astica Malbec would pair well with roast meats (especially game), grilled steak or lamb, and full-bodied cheese such as cheddar, pecorino romano. Also nice with really dark chocolate.
According to the winery, "Astica is a dependable source of high-quality Argentine wines at a low price. Vibrant, eye-catching packaging fits with the meaning of Astica, which is an indigenous word for 'flower' in Argentina. The wines are produced from hand-picked fruit in the Cuyo Valley and vinified in a fresh, fruit-forward style. Red core with violet edges. Round and full of sweet fruit on the palate. Food Match: roasts, red meat, grilled meats, beef, BBQ."
The bottle's wine label says "Astica means flour in our native Indian language and this wine was made in their honor. Malbec is the flagship red varietal from Argentina, and our Astica malbec has all the tipicity of the variety: red color with violet hues and very sweet in the mouth. It pairs very well with grilled meats, but also with pasta and mild to spicy cuisine."
Give this red Malbec wine from Argentina a try. I think you will be surprised how good a $5 bottle of wine can be.
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.
We're getting into the summer, and Champagne (or any dry sparkling wine) can be a great choice for a refreshing aperitif. But what is the best appetizer or snack to pair with Champagne?
Personally, I love smoked almonds and/or cheddar cheese with a nice, dry sparkling wine. Both add a buttery, salty complement to the dry acidity of the wine.
You can also go with a traditional stalwart pairing with Champagne: smoked salmon. Combined with tart capers that can be a really yummy lunch treat.
For some more ideas on food and wine pairing, check out the link below.
I picked up a bottle of Castalvero Cortese 2008, an Italian white wine made from the Cortese grape, on sale recently at my local wine shop. Well chilled, it made a delicious, citrussy, refreshing aperitif.
This is not a well-known wine grape. It is grown in Northwestern Italy in the Piemonte area.
The first thing I noticed about the wine was its light, greenish yellow color. The aroma is quite citrussy, with a lot of grapefruit and a touch of sweet melon.
The taste was nice and light and refreshing - quite tart without being overly acidic. Lots of citrus, especially grapefruit, with some minerality. It's quite a dry wine, although there's a hint of initial sweetness on the tongue, followed by the tart, citrussy finish.
For more on Italian wines, including the Cortese grape, follow the link below.