Category: Education

7 Things You Might Not Know…

My favorite beer wench, in fact, The Beer Wench, tagged me in her latest post, "7 Things You Might Not Know About The Wench." Although you might not know all seven of the "things" she lists, I actually knew quite ...

Romance, Hearts & Wine: Advice for Men on Valentine’s Day

We women love romance, I don't care what protestations we might make. So when someone asks, what is your first romantic memory involving wine, I can point to it most unequivocally, and tell you that it happened when the only ...

Wine Intelligence admits Bias, Ulterior Motives in “Wine Blogger Distrust” Release

Last week Wine Intelligence, the self-proclaimed "leading research-led strategy consultancy serving the global wine industry," released the following: Consumers wary of blogger recommendations, according to research Independent bloggers are one of the least trusted wine information sources in the UK, ...

Organic Wine Immersion at Millésime Bio 2011

We were among the 3200 attendees at Millésime Bio 2011 last week in Montpellier, South of France, sponsored by Sud de France and organized by our hosts the AIVB-LR (Association Interprofessionnelle des Vins Biologiques de Languedoc-Roussillon). Now in its 18th year, ...

Wines of the Loire Valley: Muscadet

There is a wine from the oft called "Garden of France" that is the perfect pairing for fresh seafood. So much so that whenever I reach into the wine chiller and suggest it, Joe chastises me, "No, that's for when ...

Wine for the Holidays: America’s Most-Visited Winery

There are plenty of people who do exactly what they're told. Who follow all of the rules. Who "know their place" from birth to death. The type of people who do not see a bullfighter's red cape when someone tells ...

Easy Turkey Brine

Longtime readers know that this time every year I extol the virtues of making a brine starting with a homemade stock. It is a time-intensive process, although not really hard to do. Not this year. I am going to try ...

Without Further Ado: Sacre Bleu

Wine usually starts in the vineyard, but this one started with a phone number. Galen Struwe lives in Minnesota. But it wasn't always so. Traveling with business colleagues from Florida some years ago he found himself in a Minneapolis restaurant for ...

Three Reasons to Divorce Your Wine Guy

People love to ask about our favorite local wine merchant.  Truth be told, we don't have one. In fact most of our wine is shipped to us. So it's safe to say our favorite wine usually comes via FedEx. Occasionally though, ...

So You Think You Can Rhône?

Where can you find over 1,000 Rhône wines at one International Food and Wine Event? France, you say? No siree, Bob. To find some of the best examples of the 22 Rhône varieties all in one place you'll need ...