Tasting Blandy’s, the Essence of Madeira

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Whether you think I am talking about cooking wine, or are an actual lover of these fortified wines, this post has something for everyone, thanks to our recent time at Blandy’s on Madeira Island. The trip was spontaneous, thus not much prior research except for reading Tom Mullen’s Forbes article and booking a tour at the only organic winery on the… Read more »

Preview: Italian Food, Wine, Travel Group Climb to Puglia

Puglia Italy trulli

February is the Italian Food, Wine and Travel group’s second month climbing Italy. I say climbing because we are working ourselves from the bottom of the boot to the Alps at the top. Our January Sicilian adventures with Culinary Camilla (link) propelled us to Puglia, the long and skinny heel of the boot, where our virtual exploration of all things #ItalianFWT… Read more »

You Are Invited: Italian Food, Wine, Travel Group Climb to Puglia

February is the Italian Food, Wine and Travel group’s second month climbing Italy. I say climbing because we are working ourselves from the bottom of the boot to the Alps at the top. Our January Sicilian adventures with host Culinary Camilla (link) propelled us to Puglia (Apulia in Italian), the long and skinny heel of the boot, where our virtual… Read more »

Frappato and Biodiversity at Santa Tresa Winery

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Santa Tresa Frappato

Years ago, when I went into a wine store in Chicago where I lived and asked for a Sicilian red wine, I was handed Nero d’Avola. The same thing happened in Northern California some time later, and now in Bordeaux, we get the same. While I enjoy wine made from this grape, I am less of a mainstream person, preferring… Read more »

Gamay Take Two – Meet the Côtes du Forez Appellation

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Verdier-Logel Cotes du Forez La Volcanique

Our local caviste (wine shop owner) knows we prefer looking off the beaten path for interesting wines. I continually search for non-French wine and Martin (pronounced mar-tah, above) continually steers me back to France. Yes his selection of less known French wines is vast and, well, fantastic. So again, our last visit, we left with French wine –  two bottles… Read more »