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Rosé Wine Spritzer

Rosé Wine Spritzer

What could be better in Summer than a Rosé wine spritzer? I know you can drink Rosé all year long, but really - let's be honest. It's just the best in Summer. This is a quick 2-minute little cocktail to get you ready for a relaxing and low-key weekend. If I could sum...

Chablis, Burgundy & Wine Review

Chablis, Burgundy & Wine Review

photo credit Chablis is a white wine Region with fabulous, bright and zesty Chardonnays.  Chablis (sha-blee) is a region located in North-Central France. An outlier to Burgundy considering that Chablis is geographically (and viticulturally) closer to Champagne....

Australian Wine Regions and Semillon

Australian Wine Regions and Semillon

Australian wines are exceptional values and truly coming into their own. This country has a ton of land mass - but due to it's latitude, winemaking can take place in very specific regions. That means that pretty much anything in the center and North Western coasts are...

White Burgundy Wine – How to Find Great Values

Let's talk about White Burgundy. 🇫🇷 🇫🇷 You may recognize some of the village names, and some names may look like gibbersih. These were found at a local shop and all under $30! (Okay the Saint Romain is $32, but pretty close!) What To Expect from Most White Burgundy in...

What Temperature Should My Wine Be?

What Temperature Should My Wine Be?

Wine temperatures can confuse the best of us - but does it really matter? The short answer to that question is, if you want to get the most out of your wine, yes. If you don't really care and want your wine cold, then no, but you might be missing out. I always tell...

Wine Review: Willm Gewürztraminer Reserve and A Bit About Alsace

Wine Review: Willm Gewürztraminer Reserve and A Bit About Alsace

Alsace. It's one of my favorite wine regions. Someday I will take a trip to this dry and sunny region. Did you know that Colmar, a major city of Alsace, is one of the sunniest places in all of France! So you may be thinking, what's up with this Gewurz-thing?...

Wine Review: Sumarroca Cava Reserve D.O.

Wine Review: Sumarroca Cava Reserve D.O.

It's Cava a Big Deal Time for another review and a bit more info about Spanish wines. (Yay, Spain!) In case you missed my last wine review, I talked about Spanish Rioja and one of the aging categories (Crianza) and the types of grape varietals that are in the blend....

WSET 3, Here I Come!

WSET 3, Here I Come!

Hello Everyone! I am so excited to announce that I have just started the WSET 3 course and hope to sit for the exam in July (if everything goes well! *fingers crossed*). What is WSET? 3? WSET stands for Wine & Spirits Education Trust. There are 4 levels, the 4th...

Wines For Spring

Wines For Spring

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Holiday Essentials: Wines Off The Beaten Path

Holiday Essentials: Wines Off The Beaten Path

It seems like every year each publication has an idea about which wine (instead of wines) will be the next big holiday must-have. This year? My bets are on South African Chenin Blanc. Last year it was rosé, for the past decade it’s been Beaujolais Nouveau, and then...

Music And Wine Pairing, Part II

Music And Wine Pairing, Part II

In case you didn’t read part 1, here’s the quick recap: I went to the CIA BevPro Summit in March and they had a music and wine pairing workshop. It was brilliant and the flavors of the wine really did change perceptions on the taste. I did some research and wanted to...

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Apple & Squash Soup with Bacon and Ricotta

Apple & Squash Soup with Bacon and Ricotta

Apple and Squash Soup means that fall is HERE y'all! I'm going to be honest with you for a minute. Soup gives me a bit of PTSD. Is that odd? Sous Chef Jobs Here's the deal though. When I was a Sous Chef at a restaurant (that shall remain nameless) I had to make two...

Aligoté: The Middle Child of Burgundy

Aligoté: The Middle Child of Burgundy

Aligoté is the "other" Burgundian white wine. Simply enough, when you typically see Burgundy white wine it's 100% Chardonnay. If you're waiting for the other shoe to drop, thinking, "That's way too easy" -- you're right. Depending on the region, vineyard, and...

Classic Beef Chili

Classic Beef Chili

Sometimes you just need some classic beef chili. This is a no-frills, flavor-packed, delicious, old-school chili. Most importantly, this is the chili my mom taught me to make. I've adapted slightly and moved some of the steps around, but for the most part, it's the...

Healthy Seed & Nut Bars

Healthy Seed & Nut Bars

I am obsessed with these healthy seed and nut bars! They are packed with tons of nutrients, protein, good fats, and just the right amount of sweetness. I like to cut these up into smaller cubes and keep them in the freezer to keep on hand. You can be flexible with the...

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffins

I came up with these paleo pumpkin spice muffins, that are also nut free, for some very special clients of mine. In a previous post (on Peruvian chicken skewers), I mentioned that I have been hired to cook for some clients in October with a lot of different dietary...

Grillo: Sicilian White Wine

Grillo: Sicilian White Wine

This Grillo from L'arca was the first bottle of wine I tried from Martha Stewart Wine Co. Sicilian White Wines You Need to Know: Grillo We’ve already done a post about an intro to Sicilian reds, covering Frappato, a native red grape. Later this month I will also be...

Pound Cake Bites – The Best Accident

Pound Cake Bites – The Best Accident

These accidental pound cake bites came about because it's The Somm Chef's birthday month, my birthday month, and the anniversary of Ian and I moving down to FL (and sort of the anniversary of The Somm Chef inception). In short - September of last year was quite the...

Intro to Napa Chardonnay: Chateau Montelena

Intro to Napa Chardonnay: Chateau Montelena

Chateau Montelena may not be a name you're too familiar with. However, you may have heard of the movie "Bottle Shock" with all-star cast Chris Pine, Alan Rickman, and Bill Pullman. This film is (loosely) based around the blind tasting in 1976 called the Judgement of...

Carbonara with Pancetta: Go To Weeknight Meal

Carbonara with Pancetta: Go To Weeknight Meal

Carbonara is an awesome meal for those nights when you don't feel like cooking and when you're out of groceries. Bon Appétit says that it's the perfect "no food in the house" dinner, and I completely agree. So what is Carbonara? Carbonara is an egg-based sauce that...

Truffle Pasta Dough

Truffle Pasta Dough

Truffle pasta may sound like a lot of work, but I promise it's actually quite easy. And no - you don't need a stand mixer, or a food processor, or even a pasta machine to make it! You can use those things, of course, but not required. The thing I love about homemade...

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