Zin and the Art of Bank Account Balance Maintenance

Not every wine varietal has its name in a website URL and such passionate support behind it. Zinfandel does. Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) may be behind Zinfandel.org, and how cool is that. Before we get too deep into exploring this Californian wine, I’ll share a tip with you that I hinted at in the…

How to Eat and Drink like a Greek (2)

I’ll get straight to it. If you haven’t tried Moschofilero*, you should. Moscho-what?!? you’d ask? Right. It is another of those hard to pronounce indigenous Greek grape varietals. To get help with how to vocalize MOHS-koh-FEE-leh-roh, you can watch this video. Tricky to pronounce it may be, but you will be happy to put in…

Amare (To Love) Amarone

It is not hard to love Amarone. The luscious liquid, hailing from the area around Verona in Italy, seduces you from the moment it touches your lips. It may play hard to get just before that, as the aromas might need some time to release, but when it opens up, it makes you lose yourself in…

Of Meat and Mead

The riveting, cruel, imaginary, yet so real world of the Game of Thrones will enthrall us once again, and for the last time on screen, in this final season. And once again, food will be laid on wooden, hard hewn or gilded tables for quick meals and unhurried feasts at roadside inns or castles, from…

What Wine Would You Pair with Nachos?

Wine with nachos, you ask?! Which is exactly what I did for the first time only recently. Since a few years ago, we got into a habit of serving home made nachos once in a while. It often appears on Friday evenings, when leftovers are nowhere to be found and energy for cooking after a…

There Is nothing Petite about Petite Sirah

Several years ago, my family from a couple of European countries came to visit me here in Ottawa. Although we get to see each other regularly if not often, it was a long awaited visit, the first on this side of the Atlantic. Wanting to show them as much of this part of Canada over…

Tuscany: Getting Technical with Chianti

Tuscany … The word itself conjures images of rolling hills, adorned with cascading vineyards, dotted by old majestic castles and charming villages on hilltops. If imagination is given flight, these images are rapidly followed by emotions reminiscent of hedonistic enjoyment, romance, and love … None of which you will find here in this blog. OK,…

How to Eat and Drink like a Greek

One of the wonderful things I have heard about Greeks, and I have heard many, since my cousin is married to one and lives in Greece, is that they will always have a glass of wine with their dinner, but will not have two. Greeks do seem to be measured in their eating and drinking….

Of Gooseberries, Cats and Sauvignon Blanc

In the 8000-year long history of wine, to call a taste that exists for merely 40 years a classic is astonishing. And yet, that is just what happened to the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Within a couple of decades of its first vine plantings in the Marlborough region in 1973, the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc’s…

On a Mission with Mission Hill (Reserve Chardonnay)

It was early December when my entrepreneur brother-in-law sent the following in an email to me: Hello Sister! … We have some customers who have hinted that they really like wine for Christmas, so we will likely buy a few mixed cases. I’m wondering if you could give me some suggestions with pairings or other…

Best Buys & Unfair Comparisons

As each year, I couldn’t wait for the first January Vintages Release, this time to hit the shelves tomorrow January 9. It is because not only there was a hiatus since December 12, but also its related catalogue is entitled The Smart Buys Issue year after year. Starting in early November with “Star studded –…