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…

Recipe: Easy Vegan Lasagna

Most times that I cook, I don’t follow a recipe. So many day-to-day dishes are just things we throw together.  Or we use a recipe as a skeleton, to determine cooking temperatures and times, but fill in the ingredients according to availability and preference.   I just read this article in the Guardian about the ways…

Happy Independence Day!

Hope you all have a great day with family and friends.  I’m be celebrating with some American rosé.  I’ll be back next week with more vegan food and wine pairings.  Until then, this is a great reasonably priced wine that is perfect for sipping with friends or pairing with almost any food. What are you drinking…

Halfway through WSET Level 3

“Wine has been a part of civilized life for some seven thousand years. It is the only beverage that feeds the body, soul and spirit of man and at the same time stimulates the mind…” – Robert Mondavi I’ve committed to posting something here every week for the purpose of creating a habit of writing…

On Pinotage and Natural Wine

Studying for the WSET 3 (Advanced) with a full-time job has proven to be a bit more time consuming than I expected, leaving me with less time to write some of the blog posts I’ve been thinking about.  I’d love to write about the Beaujolais Grand Cru class and tasting I attended several weeks ago…

Wine: Clos Siguier Cahors

Despite its popularity, I’ve never loved Argentinian  Malbec.  To me, there never seemed to be anything special about it. Fruit-forward and smooth, it’s a good “house red”-easy to drink and good with many styles of food- but not something I would serve to impress anyone. I recently tried this Clos Siguier Cahors, a Malbec from…

Pairing: Ricotta Toast and Pinot Blanc

Paul and I occasionally visit Philadelphia for various reasons, and when we do, we always enjoy the incredible vegan restaurants in the city.  Vedge is always a favorite, but Charlie was a Sinner holds a special place in my heart. My first visit was when my sister planned part of my bachelorette party there.  Remembering…

Yes Way Rosé

“I describe rosé like this: that moment on a warm summer afternoon — and it is summer and it is the afternoon — when you find a patch of grass or perhaps a comfortable chair outdoors where you can stretch your muscles, wiggle your toes, and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin as…

Wine: Schug Carneros Pinot Noir

I visited the Carneros AVA for the first time a couple months ago.  This American Viticultural Area includes parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties.  I was in Sonoma for a work conference so Carneros, just a few miles away, was perfect for a quick trip to a couple vineyards during a free morning.  In…