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…

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: 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…

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…