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…

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…

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…

Vegan Wine?

As a vegan who enjoys both food and wine, I’ve often searched for information about pairing wine with vegan food. In my searches, however, I come across far more articles written for the purpose of informing me that not all wine is vegan. If you are not vegan or are new to veganism, you might…