Château d’ Oupia Minervois wine

We picked up this wine at Wine 101 Hamden and the co-owner Chris told us, you guys have to try this one, “It’s pretty strange!” Always on the hunt for the next wine to challenge us, we gladly accepted! Not really having a cheese in mind to pair it with, we brought it along for another wine picnic and paired it with sushi. Well, pairing it isn’t quite exact, we brought it along as our tasty beverage that we would deeply analyze, and then eat sushi. 😃 Read More…

Wine & Cheese Tasting on the Lake Erie Wine Trail

The plan was set long before we arrived in Erie, PA to go wine tasting with Neil’s cousin Diane and her husband Brian. They love wine tasting (and drinking) all those local grapes and could hardly wait to take us out in their neck of the woods. When we started looking into which wineries to visit I was pretty surprised how many of the local wines we had already tried (http://wineandcheesefriday.com/wine-and-cheese-tasting-at-aunt-kathys-house/). The main driving force for this tasting trip was to go find the new local cheese shop, Reverie Creamery and Market. Once I found where they were located along the Lake Erie Wine Trail we made our winery choices. Although we had four hours, we only made it to Reverie, 21 Brix and Noble Winery. That’s how it usually goes for us 😃!
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Wines We Drank in 2016

Raise your hand if you want drinkable dinner wines that don’t break the bank 🙌, I know we do! We’ve been in Florida for about 6 months now and finding those tasty, inexpensive, uncommon wines is always our task at hand. This being said, we have found quite a few around the area at Trader Joe’s, Aldi, Walgreens and a small specialty shop called West Palm Wines. Join us as we taste through about a dozen examples. Read More…

ABC Fine Wine and Spirits Tasting

It’s been a few years since Neil and I have lived in St Petersburg, FL but we are in town temporarily to fix up our house. While we are here, we’ve been trying to figure out a good place to buy wine besides the grocery store. An ABC Fine Wines and Spirits, http://www.abcfws.com, was built down the road after we left and last week we just happened to find out that they were holding their semi-annual wine tasting. When we called the store about making a reservation, we found out there would be over 50 samples of wine and spirits. Obviously we planned to check it out!

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Sweet Wines Paired with Both Savory and Sweet Snacks

This week’s WineAndCheeseFriday was inspired by a bottle of wine from New York. Our neighbor Val’s mom had been saving this bottle from near where she grew up, and decided to give it to Val to see how she liked it. The bottle of wine was from Merritt Winery (http://www.merrittestatewinery.com) in the Lake Erie Wine Region. Knowing that wine region and it’s tendency to be sweet wine, we planned to have some savory snacks to balance it all. Val had a different idea, she though we should have some cheesecake with the wine, which I wouldn’t say no to, so we ended up having both sweet and savory snacks. When Val was picking up the snacks at Publix, she came across another bottle of sweet wine from San Sebastian Winery in Florida (http://www.sansebastianwinery.com) to bring along. She also brought a friend along, Jessica, to join in the fun. We decided to share the wine fun with our other neighbor, Amanda, so there were 5 of us in total. This is a slightly different group but our second time all getting together for a wine tasting (http://mferraro73.tumblr.com/post/135469941803/gouda-goat-cheese-with-chardonnay-and-grenache). And now onto the shenanigans!

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Salice Salentino Red Wine

This week’s WineAndCheeseFriday entry stemmed from curiosity, like most of our entries. The first time we tried Salice Salentino, it was a bottle we had picked up at Trader Joe’s since it was an inexpensive Italian wine that we didn’t know. We decided to have it with dinner and found it to be a very easy to drink wine. We had it a few times more until I decided to feature it in my “Search for an Inexpensive Dinner Wine at Trader Joe’s” entry: http://mferraro73.tumblr.com/post/134068325491/the-search-for-an-inexpensive-dinner-wine-at. We knew we liked it but until then had never really taken the time to write tasting notes.

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West St Wine Bar, Reno, NV

We’ve spent the last couple weeks in Reno, NV and have heard about a few different wine experiences nearby. We figured we’d start by creating an entry about our wine flight at West Street Wine Bar, http://www.weststreetwinebar.com.

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Madroña Zinfandel Rosé

During our Wine Tasting at Madroña Vineyard, (http://mferraro73.tumblr.com/post/146094751633/madroña-vineyard-wine-tasting-it-was-scheduled) we tasted a Zinfandel Rosé that we wanted to take a second sip to really think about it. Since we were in Bass Lake, CA, outside Yosemite National Park, we didn’t have a chance to go out to find some cheese.

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Madroña Vineyard Wine Tasting

It was scheduled to take us 6 hours to reach our place near Yosemite National Park from Truckee, CA, so we figured there must be a place to go wine tasting around the half way point. Then we found Madroña Vineyard in Camino, CA. (http://madronavineyards.com) We were with some friends who share our love of wine, so I wanted to find a vineyard where we could all have the entire wine experience. It was a little confusing when we saw the apple orchards and christmas trees on the way there, but then we found signs pointing us to Madroña Vineyards.

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Art and Wine Reception at Lake County Wine Studio

We took a break from the work in the winery and vineyard, to attend the Art and Wine Reception at Lake County Wine Studio, http://www.lakecountywinestudio.com/index.html. What a cool idea: wine and food pairings, artists and their art; great for a Friday night!

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