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.

Sep 12, 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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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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Aug 08, 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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Aug 02, 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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Aug 01, 2019

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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Jul 31, 2019

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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Jul 30, 2019

Italian Pinot Grigio Wines – How to Serve & Enjoy Pinot Grigio

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.

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Jul 24, 2019

Tequila Drinks & Cocktails

These tequila drinks ideas give you a lot of options beyond the traditional margarita.

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Jul 24, 2019

Happy Tequila Day!

Well, July 24th is international Tequila Day. How do you prefer to drink your tequila?

For me, a traditional margarita with lots of lime and not too much sugar (and hold the salt on the rim) is my preferred tequila cocktail.

But there are also lots of other cocktails you can make using tequila. This article gives you a few different options:

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Jul 23, 2019

Understanding Italian Wine Labels

Confused about Italian wine labels? Get tips on how to understand the Italian wine label, Italian wine classification and what key information to look for or to avoid.

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Jul 22, 2019

Understanding a French Wine Label

Reading a French wine label can be a challenge for those used to New World wines which label by the grape variety. This key information on French wine labels will help you better understand them.

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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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