Category Archives: Wine

Thierry Michon and Domaine Saint Nicolas – Biodynamic Loire Wines

An advocate of biodynamic agriculture you want to meet in Loire Valley’s Fiefs Vendéens AOC is Thierry Michon at Domaine Saint Nicolas. It’s a way of life for him!

Rosato, Drinking Pink Italian Style from the Mountains to the Sea

rosé rosato rosado

Mark and I drink plenty of pink wine whether Italian rosato, rosado or rosé. Here I share two very different styles from the foothills of the Italian Apennines to rolling hills closer to the sea.

Distinctive Roussillon White Wines for your Buy List #Winophiles

AOC Roussillon white wines

A trip to Roussillon left me with a parting thought- Roussillon white wines are magically bright and refreshing, thought provoking and complex, and just enjoyable to drink! Here are some for your buy-list.

Le Clot de l’Origine, A Roussillon Wine Rebel

macabeu vin de france Roussillon

The Clot de l’Origine winery is as incognito as proprietor Marc Barriot himself, often called the icon of natural winemaking in Roussillon. When the door opens, you enter controlled chaos- bubbling ferments, oxidative smells and bottles of super distinctive wines that may just blow your mind.

You’re Invited to Discover the White Wines of Roussillon #Winophiles

The Roussillon region has something for everyone. Area diversity is vast- the Mediterranean Sea, charming countryside towns, mountains, and certainly, great food and wine. It’s a mecca for outdoor lovers with places to cycle, stroll or just relax. But today what most excites me are the white wines of Roussillon. On July 18 at 11am ET and 17:00 in France,… Read more »

Arancini Calls for Sicilian Wine – Porta del Vento

Porta del Venta perricone Sicilian wine

Arancini are deep-fried or baked rice balls stuffed with yum. You make them with leftover risotto, which has to be one of the most popular, signature Italian dishes after pizza. And the best way to enjoy arancini is with a glass of Sicilian wine! Reputedly a great Sicilian street food, the Arabs occupying Sicily served bowls of rice and saffron,… Read more »

Fleurie – The Queen of Beaujolais Crus

Fleurie Beaujolais Cru Tasting Le Mordant Feb2020

There is so much good happening in Beaujolais that it’s worth revealing. The natural wine movement is certainly present with a younger group of gals and guys involved. And then there are the ten crus.

Ippolito – Preserving Native Vines in Calabria

Cantine Vincenzo Ippolito Gaglioppo Liber Pater Cirò Rosso Classico Superiore Calabria Cirò

One of the great pleasures of wine exploration is stumbling upon something new. Every corner of Italy is filled with rare forgotten grapes that wine makers are nurturing and coddling. It’s becoming easier to find ancient grapes and when you stumble upon these gems, you’ll be in for a ‘wow’ moment… and that’s special. And that’s Gaglioppo, grown all over… Read more »

Italy – Organic Wine and Rare Grapes In Campania

Il Verro Coda di Pecora Sheep Campania vino Italiano

April takes our Italian Food, Wine and Travel group on a virtual excursion to Campania in southwestern Italy where rare wine grapes are abundant. An area where there is no shortage of stunning coastline and no lack of chaotic action in the capital city Naples, it oozes archeological and ancient sites such as Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum. The next time… Read more »