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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. ­čçź­čçĚ ­čçź­čçĚ 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...

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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Spicy Crab Spaghetti with Lemon & Asparagus

Spicy Crab Spaghetti with Lemon & Asparagus

Let me first say that this recipe is inspired by one of my family’s favorite restaurants, Ciao Bella in Minnesota. This recipe is also coming from a place of nostalgia…

Ravioli and Bacon Beurre Blanc

Ravioli and Bacon Beurre Blanc

Bacon Beurre Blanc takes this pasta to the next level, especially when you consider that pasta is as much about the sauce as it is the pasta. I already have a recipe that talks about Beurre Blanc and how it can be tricky or time consuming to make. But here's the gist...

Germany and Georg Albrecht Riesling Wine Review

Germany and Georg Albrecht Riesling Wine Review

Riesling can get a bad rap, especially those from Germany. They aren't all sweet though, and those that are can use that sweetness to balance out the incredibly high acidity. Let's step into the world of German Riesling! The Rheinhessen in particular. This is an area...

Chicken Satays with Peanut Sauce

Chicken Satays with Peanut Sauce

Great for a crowd or simple meal for two, chicken satays are an awesome dinner or appetizer option! If serving for dinner, I like to pair these with a coconut rice, saut├ęd bok choy with shredded carrots, and crumbled peanuts with extra sauce on top. (simply cook the...

Easy Baked Pork Ribs

Easy Baked Pork Ribs

These easy baked pork ribs are a breeze to make! The spice rub is a piece of cake to put together, and it makes enough for the rub and the BBQ sauce that you'll also top the ribs with right before serving. Ribs Without The Mess or Fuss Sometimes when I'm craving ribs,...

Pan Seared Halibut in Carrot Ginger Broth

Pan Seared Halibut in Carrot Ginger Broth

Pan Seared Halibut in Carrot Ginger Broth is a summer meal must! It's light but still satisfying and it's loaded with healthy antioxidants and vitamins. This recipe is inspired by one of my favorite cookbooks called "The Herbal Kitchen" by Jerry Traunfeld. I have...

The Loire Valley and Les Deux Tours Wine Review

The Loire Valley and Les Deux Tours Wine Review

The Loire Valley is a one of a kind, enormous wine region in northern France. The region extends along the Loire River, the mouth of which ends on the western boarder, in the Atlantic and extends over 200km east, a few hours south east of Paris. Because this region is...

Basil Granita with Heirloom Tomato Salad

Basil Granita with Heirloom Tomato Salad

This Basil Granita is a showstopper for sure. It's fun to see the wonder in people's faces as you serve this dish - the first look they get. Like "Wow! This is cool." Then, when they taste it, it's fun to see their reactions, "no way. This is the craziest flavor and...

Irmàna Frappato Wine Review and Sicilian Wines

Irmàna Frappato Wine Review and Sicilian Wines

Welcome to Sicily! One of the craziest wine regions in the world. Sicilian wines are amazing. I found this wine when I was consulting for a corporate wine and food event - pairing wine and barbecue! This wine is a great, great wine and if you can get your hands on it,...

Ros├ę Wine Spritzer

Ros├ę Wine Spritzer

What could be better in Summer than a Ros├ę wine spritzer? I know you can drink Ros├ę 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...