A Region and Wine You Must Explore: Rias Baixas and Albariño (#WorldWineTravel)

Rias Baixas Albariño

There are several areas in the world noted as verdant yet the Rias Baixas region in Galicia, Spain tops many and offers their star grape, Albariño.

Fred Loimer Grüner Veltliner Freshens the Day

Weingut Fred Loimer Sekt

Spring is transition time, a deliberate shift from the heaviness of winter to outward energy and light. Loimer’s Grüners are a shift from light to great pleasure. Austria put itself on the wine map via one grape, Grüner Veltliner. It’s the leader among grape varieties in the country and thriving in 41% of the total vine area. To learn more… Read more »

Unconventional in Castilla y Leon – Ismael Gozalo and MicroBio Wines #WorldWineTravel

Segovia Nieve

Ismael Gozalo thrives on microbial communities in his Segovian land and cellar at MicroBio Wines in Castilla y Leon. These microbes are paying off!

Keftedes with Cilantro Avocado Sauce Play With Tradition

lamb meatballs recipe wine pairing

Who doesn’t love meatballs, right?!? I remember the ones my mom made when I was a kid. She used recipes from both our Greek and Italian American neighbors. The Greek version still excite me, full of flavors from spices, herbs and feta cheese. To celebrate spring I recently made a rendition of Greek meatballs, also known as Keftedes and paired… Read more »

Beyond Cava: Loxarel and Gramona Organic Sparkling Wines #WorldWineTravel

The sparkling wine of Catalonia is varied and includes the Classic Penedès and Corpinatt off-shoots of Cava. Come with me to learn about two.

Winning Red Wines from Provence with Lamb Meatballs: Domaine Hauvette and Clos Cibonne #Winophiles

Provence red wines food pairing

Domaine Hauvette and Clos Cibonne- two red wine producers in Provence to remember, especially paired with a Mediterranean plate of lamb meatballs

Zoom Tasting with Two Bordeaux Chateaux

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Dawn Jones-Cooper Bordeaux

Will George be number 7? Heck, Nobody’s Perfect! (See below for links to what these mean.) Mark and I recently participated in a Zoom session with two small Bordeaux wineries, Chateau de Monfaucon and Chateau George 7. They are unique in that the prolific women behind them made their ‘what’s next?’ happen- each built their operations from the ground up,… Read more »

Revisiting Rioja: Viñedos Singulares with Bodegas Ontañón #WorldWineTravel

Bodegas Ontañon Antología Edicion Limitada

Bodegas Ontañon has made wine in Rioja for five generations. Today they focus on Viñedos Singulares (single vineyards) and their new Queiron winery in eastern Rioja.