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Vinho Verde and Vision Boards

I was asked by a doctoral candidate, “which wines pair best with writing." My answer was simple, “I don’t drink when I write.” Writing, for me, requires focus and control. Before I put fingertips to keyboard, my process is to take some time to dream about the story I want to tell. “I don't drink when I write but I do when I dream.” Which Wines Pair With Writing? Creating a vision board is one of the methods I use to...

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier, 2019 3/18/20

This Week’s Wine of the Week, is the Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier, 2019. I am super excited to share this wine with you as I have been a fan of this winery since the late 1990s. Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier and other wines from this winery were a part of my portfolio when I was a wine sales representative. When the winery sent a DM asking if I would consideration featuring this as a wine of...

Gérard Bertrand Wine of the Week- 3/11/2020

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Marianne Fabre-Lanvin & Co (MFLNCO) hosted a lunch at the Ritz Carlton Chicago’s Torali Italian Steak House to reintroduce the Chicago market to the iconic wines of Gérard Bertrand.  In attendance were Chicago press, Sommeliers and wine buyers. I was excited for the invitation and requested an interview with Venessa Queyranne, Sommelier and Gérard Bertrand Brand Ambassador. Link to video interview. Read about the Gérard Bertrand and the lunch bamazing lunch served at the...

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Wine of the Week- Mount Peak 2015 Gravity Red Blend

This week's Wine of the Week; Mount Peak 2015 Gravity Red Blend. A big bodacious red wine blend from the famous Monte Rosso Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, California. Get ready for delicousness! Wine: Monte Rosso was first planted in 1886 and is known for producing award winning wines made from Zinfandel, Semillon and Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2016 Gravity is a blend of Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. 2015 Gravity Red Blend Region: California Grapes: Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon...

Cocktail Hour: Barrell Bourbon

This week, we are cheating on wine and featuring one of our favorite cocktails made from barrell bourbon for cocktail hour. This cocktail was featured on Fox 5 DC. Check out the segment and see the recipe below. I am feeling a little blue and needed something to lift my spirits, so last night, I treated myself to cocktail hour with a "Barrell of Laughs" cocktail. I usually reserve this punch for large parties, but, oh well, I had a...

Wine of the Week: 2017 Chateau Rocher Calon 1/8/2020

Wine: 2017 Chateau Rocher Calon Montagne St. Emilion Region: St. Emilion Bordeaux, France Price: $20 Grapes: 95 % merlot 5% Cabernet Franc Taste: The wine has a velvety, plush mouthfeel, soft tannins with dark fruit, chocolate and herbal notes. Fun Story: One of my most memorable wine e experiences was when I tricked one of my I-Don’t-Drink-Fucking-Merlot Friends into drinking Merlot (mentioned in this video). I brought the wine of the week to her house, decanted (when should you decant wine? read this article). and...

Wine of the Week 11/13/2019

Wine: Louis Pommery, Brut California Region: California Grapes: Chardonnay (96%) Pinot Noir (4%) Price: $23 Taste: Classic California sparkling deliciousness. Baked green apple and grilled peach on the nose. The   wine is creamy on the palate and mirrors the nose with flavors of apples, peach, plus crisp pear, citrus and Nilla wafers on the finish. Pairs with: Great for brunch, with fried foods (chicken, shrimp, fish) quiche and egg souffle, and a day with your girlfriends. FYI: This sparkling wine is produced by the Champagne Pommery House in Reims,...

Wine of the Week 11/6/19

Wine: Tablas Creek Vineyard 2017 Esprit de Tablas Blanc and 2017 Esprit Rouge Region: Paso Robles Taste:  Tablas Creek Vineyard 2017 Esprit de Tablas Blanc $45 This wine smells of romance; fresh white flowers, sugar, spice, and everything nice. It indulges the mouth with an abundance of zests; green apples, citrus, honey, anise, and striking salinity. Delicious Pairs with: Lobster, rich fish dishes, Asian foods, grilled veggies. Thanksgiving Grapes: 68% Roussane, 17% Granche Blanc, 7% Picpoul Blanc, 4% Clairette Blanche, 4% Picardan Notes from the Winery: Roussane provides a richness and...

Wine Notes 9/25/19: DOMAINE PIERRE GUILLEMOT SAVIGNY-LÈS-BEAUNE BLANC “DESSUS LES GOLLARDES” 2015

Wine: Domaine Pierre Guillemot SAVIGNY-LÈS-BEAUNE BLANC “DESSUS LES GOLLARDES" 2015 Region: Burgundy, France Grapes: 70% Pinot Blanc and 30% Chardonnay Price: $45 Taste: This wine has an appealing chalky texture with flavors of papayas, lemons and apricots. Pairs with: This wine is exceptional. A real conversation starter. Open this when you’re looking for an interesting thought-provoking wine to share with friends. FYI: Most white wines from Burgundy are Chardonnay dominant. Domaine Pierre Guillemot uses mostly Pinot Blanc to create this unique blend. To learn more about wines from Burgundy, read...

Wine Notes 9/18/2019: Leuta Tau Toscana 2013

Wine of the Week- Wine: Leuta Tau, Toscana, 2013 Region: Tuscany, Italy Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah Price: $29.00 Taste: Full bodied, commanding with a rich velvety quality. Notes of cherries, balsamic, dark chocolate, worn leather and the zing of paprika. Pairs with: Date night! This is the wine to serve with a romantic steak dinner by a fireplace or while watching Usual Suspects for the twentieth time. FYI: This wine is known as a Super Tuscan. These wines that are blends of non-indigenous grapes...

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