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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...

Alexander Valley Cabernet : Jordan 2008 Wine Review

Alexander Valley Cabernet : Jordan 2008 Wine Review

Alexander Valley may not be the first place you think of when you hear "California Cabernet Sauvignon." Typically, one's mind most naturally thinks of Napa Valley. However, today we are going to take a look at an exceptional winery in Alexander Valley, in Sonoma...

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Wine Help Docs

Wine with Roast Chicken

Roast chicken is an excellent dish to pair with wine as the crispy skin allows for a wider range of pairings from Sauvignon Blanc to an oaked Chardonnay to even a light Pinot Noir. Sauvignon blanc from Sancerre, France would be a refreshing contrast to the rich...

Wine with Steak

Wine and Steak. The great combination of flavors and the vision of luxury (for some at least). What kind of steak are you eating? Ribeye/T-Bone/NY Strip that has been grilled to a perfect medium rare with a nice char and tons of black pepper? Go for a Syrah from...

Wine with Salmon

Salmon can be a tricky fish to pair with wine - not because it's a fish but because of the fatty oils it has. These oils (Omega 3 and 6's primarily) can interact poorly with tannins found in wine causing a metallic taste to result in your mouth. Red wines have...

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Homemade Hot Fudge – with Espresso

Homemade Hot Fudge – with Espresso

Hot fudge is one of those things you can buy at the store, yes. However, I've found that making it from scratch (while working in restaurants and for private events alike) adds so much more flavor and elevates any dessert. Sure, to your guests it adds extra care and...

Homemade Ricotta

Homemade Ricotta

Have you ever made your own ricotta? You'll be amazed at how easy making ricotta is! In fact - you may never want to buy ricotta again. I make this from scratch whenever I do a pasta dinner for clients. I'll come to your house and make three different types of doughs...

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. This...

Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Crema

Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Crema

Summer is all about Fish Tacos! I really love all things food, but tacos are amongst the top top favorite. The beer batter is SUPER EASY to make and it's flavorful and with the easy citrus slaw on top and the cilantro avocado crema... mmmmm. It's perfect. It's just...

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...

Rosé Berry Betty

Rosé Berry Betty

↓ Jump To Recipe I present to you the Rosé Berry Betty. A dessert that's like a crumble, but has the streusel topping in the middle as well as on top. Mind. Blown. It's the prefect blend of fruit, rosé, and streusel. What's not to love about this dessert? I really...

Lemon Chicken Skewers with Reduced Balsamic

Lemon Chicken Skewers with Reduced Balsamic

These lemon chicken skewers are great for just 1 or 2 people, but can also be scaled for a crowd, and they can be made ahead! I love easy dinners. Better yet, I love easy dinners that I can make ahead of time and then put on the grill whenever people are ready to eat....

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...