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…

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…

Wine: Lammershoek “LAM” White Blend

This South African white blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier is from the Swartland region on the West Coast near the Atlantic. South Africa is one of the wine countries I know the least about, but I’ve been finding some great values from there recently.  I believe this was around $15.  I found it at The Natural…

Pairing: Oregon Pinots and Middle Eastern take-out

After touring the beautiful Willamette Valley in Oregon, I visited the Eyrie Vineyards tasting room in McMinnville on my birthday last August.  Eyrie’s founder, David Lett, was known for bringing Pinot Noir to Oregon over 50 years ago and for bringing Pinot Gris to the United States. During my trip to the Willamette Valley last…