Since I lead wine tastings for a living, I get a lot of people telling me about their red wine headaches (RWH), which they attribute to sulfite or tannin sensitivities. Because I hear these complaints so often, I did a little research and will share with you what I learned about possible causes of and solutions for wine sensitivities. [Read more…]
In honor of the holidays, here is a Q&A about sparkling wine. I hope the information helps your holidays sparkle! [Read more…]
Italian food and wine pairings — does it get any better than that?
I recently celebrated my 50th birthday at Il Fornaio, a great Italian restaurant that does a wonderful job of highlighting regional dishes and wines.
According to Maurizo Mazzon, Il Fornaio’s executive chef, there are 20 distinct regions in Italy! Il Fornaio changes its regional offerings monthly, often using ingredients and wines unavailable elsewhere in the U.S.
From Dec. 6 through Dec. 19, the Il Fornaio menu is featuring the best recipes from the past year’s regional menus.
Being the food and wine lover that I am, I was in seventh heaven. It was incredibly fun to try new dishes and new wines. What a great way to celebrate my next 50 years! [Read more…]
I recently was asked about the difference between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. I knew that Cabernet Franc, along with Sauvignon Blanc, was the parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. I also knew that both grapes play a key role in Red Bordeaux blends. But I wanted to learn more. So I did a little research, and I would like to share with you what I learned. [Read more…]
The holidays are here! It’s time to treat ourselves to delicious tastes. How about some wine, chocolate and fudge?!! YUM!!!
When chocolate and fudge are already YUMMY, can they be even YUMMIER when paired with the right wines? YES! [Read more…]