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.

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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May 01, 2019

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 01, 2019

What type of wine goes best with salmon?

Most people say that a light white wine is the best choice with fish. Is that what you would select to drink with salmon? I think it probably depends

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Apr 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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Apr 21, 2019

Wine lover's Canvas Art Print matching set

Check out this wine lover's art print - a pair of matching canvas wall art, in our store:

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Apr 20, 2019

Just Add Wine store, Wine decor, Mediterranean kitchen

Check out the Just Add Wine store for wine theme kitchen decor, wine accessories, Tuscan decor, and Mediterranean Kitchen accents.

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Mar 29, 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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Feb 26, 2019

Sake - Japanese rice wine

Are you familiar with the Japanese alcoholic beverage, sake?

Sake is a Japanese rice wine, made from fermented rice. There are actually many different types of sake, from dry to quite sweet, with varying alcohol content. You can also find flavored sake's in asian markets.

I actually quite enjoy a sake margarita: blend dry sake with the juice of one lime, and a little orange juice or soda, and a couple of ice cubes. If you have it on hand, a little triple sec (any orange liquor like Cointreau) is a great, classic addition also. Enjoy!

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Feb 22, 2019

Wine not Move to Queretaro, Mexico

I just watched a House Hunters International episode about a couple making the move from Florida to the wine region of Queretaro, Mexico.

It is always enjoyable learning about new wine regions. And the houses they looked at for $500 per month with views over vineyard mountains were pretty spectacular!

Queretaro is about three hours or so north of Mexico City in the heart of Mexico. It's an up-and-coming wine growing region, with several dozen wineries in the area, making sparkling wines, tempranillo, syrah, and more.

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Feb 21, 2019

Wine themed decor - check out our store!

In our store you can find all kinds of wine-themed home decor and accessories, including placemats, kitchen linens, wall art, and much more. Check it out at the link below.

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Feb 05, 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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Jan 02, 2019

NEW 2019 Wine Country Wall Calendar

Pick up this lovely Wine Country wall calendar, new for 2019, from our Bonanza store (see link below the image):

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Dec 10, 2018

All About Pinot Noir Wine – How to Serve Pinot Noir, Wine Review, and More

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.

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Dec 10, 2018

Wente Sauvignon Blanc Louis Mel 2009 Wine Reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this Wente Sauvignon Blanc from Wente winery in California’s Livermore Valley. It was refreshing, crisp, and lightly fruity.

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