2017 Muscat from Old Westminster

Old Westminster never disappoints. Their 2017 Muscat was the perfect pairing with a warm summer evening.   Muscat is possibly the oldest grape variety and tends to be known for sweet still wines and sparkling Italian Muscato Asti. There are a number of varieties of the grape; all are aromatic and floral.  Sticky sweet muscato…

Wine: Gruner Veltliner from Galen Glen

Even though Pennsylvania is not known for its wines, occasionally something surprises.  Similar to Old Westminster in Maryland, Galen Glen Winery makes serious wine in an area more known for sweet wines and wedding venues. And like Old Westminster, Galen Glen is a family business.  I spent a lovely fall afternoon there last year. Located…

Wine:Carignane from Amplify

Natural wine is a bit hard to come by in Pennsylvania as pretty much anything interesting is at the state wine and spirit stores.  Craft beer somehow gets a pass, along with cider, with international lists available at sandwich shops and dive bars around Philly.  a.bar in Rittenhouse Square does have a nice, if short,…

Hiatus

Well, I’ve been away from this blog for quite some time.  Since I’ve last posted I moved from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, where the vegan food scene is magic but the wine scene can be disappointing.  I traveled to Portugal and England, started a new job, and sold my house.  In addition to the hiatus…

Celebrating with Cinsault

I’m back to South African wine and yet another “natural” one.  After finding out that I passed the Wine and Spirit Education Trust’s Level 3 (advanced) exam, I decided to celebrate with a trip to my favorite wine shop, Wardman’s in D.C.   I first discovered this Natte Valleij Cinsault earlier this year when one…

Vegan Food and Wine Pairings for Labor Day Festivities

Here’s some reading for your holiday weekend: Check out my post over at the Main Street Vegan Blog about pairing vegan food and wine for your end-of-summer festivities.  My husband and I have been enjoying BeyondBurgers this summer.  Try one with a bold Zinfandel. Here’s also a related article you should read from one of…

Wine: Kanonkop Cape Blend

I returned to South African wine last week with a 2015 Kadette Cape Blend from Stellenbosch. This wine from Kanonkop is a blend of Pinotage (54%), Cabernet Sauvignon (34%), and Merlot (12%).  It has been aged up to 14 months in French oak. South African winemakers tend to produce blends more than other New World…

Old Westminster Winery in Maryland

Old Westminster Winery’s vision is the following: “We are boldly committed to putting Maryland wine on the world map.” I visited this beautiful winery over the weekend with Pineapple DC and learned about their process and tried some amazing natural wines.  These were not the first Maryland wines that I have enjoyed, but probably the…

Wine: Syltbar Prosecco

Apparently, Prosecco is one of the hottest trends in wine right now.  We tend to avoid it because my husband Paul does not enjoy it.  He complains that it’s a bit sweet and he prefers sparkling wines made in the traditional method, like Champagne and Cava, with their distinctive toasty and bready flavors. For less…

Wine: Chasselas Dore

A warm July evening seemed like the perfect opportunity to try this 2015 Chasselas Doré from Eyrie Vineyards that we have been holding on to.  This is not a grape that I had every heard of before visiting the winery in Oregon.  Chasselas is a native Swiss grape, also grown in France and Germany, and…