Wild Asparagus and Wines – Yes, A Pairing is Possible

wild Bath asparagus wine pairing savor the harvest

Each year beginning in spring, I look for a vegetable slightly resembling asparagus. Sometimes called Bath Asparagus or Spiked Star of Bethlehem, it is distantly related to the common green asparagus we know. Just as delicious, I buy it often during the short availability window it appears in farmers’ markets and stores. With a milder flavor than green asparagus and… Read more »

Seguret and Chou Farci (Duck) with Domaine de Pourra

I met proprietor Jean-Christian Mayordome at Vignerons Indépendants in Bordeaux. A former doctor, his desire was to grow grapes and make wine was stronger than practicing medicine, thus he created this estate from scratch in 1998. He farms about 26h (63 acres) in the Southern Rhone: Gigondas AOC and Seguret Côtes du Rhone Villages areas. He used natural practices from… Read more »

Northern Italian Chardonnay Delivers Big Taste – Vie di Romans Winery

Mark and I recently had a surprise tasting with my wine-loving brother, who pulled out this wine from Vie di Romans: Ciampagnis Chardonnay vintage 2021 from the Fruili Isonzo DOC. So impressed with it, I reached out to the winery for more information. The Gallo Family, with winemaker Gianfranco Gallo (not the Californian Gallo empire), cultivate vines and produce wines… Read more »

Mencia Vino Tinto from Nanclares y Prieto Viticultores

Nanclares y Prieto Mencia

On a recent visit to San Sebastián, we purchased ‘a senda Vermella’ 2021, a Mencia-dominant wine from Nanclares y Prieto, Galician winemakers practicing biodynamic, organic methods. This small-production wine, which also includes Espadeiro and Caiño grapes, offers floral, fruity, and peppery notes with just 11.5% alcohol, perfect for relaxing evenings.

Off The Beaten Wine Path in Argentina (#WorldWineTravel)

Salta Province Argentina

If you’re a food, wine, and travel lover and want to get off the beaten path, head to Argentina’s Salta Province! Before Mark and I moved to France, we spent five weeks in this South American country with a goal to propel ourselves into their world: culture, food, wine, and the landscape. Because the country is long, 2,360 miles (3,800… Read more »