Mad Dogs & Englishmen 2006

Mad Dogs & Englishmen 2006

Posted on May 26, 2010 in Wine | No Comments

My quiet house suddenly smelled amazing, and I knew I had to mark this blue moon night with a glass of big, well-bred wine, a fiery Spanish red by the name of Mad Dogs & Englishmen.

Little Black Dress Pinot Grigio

Little Black Dress Pinot Grigio

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 in Wine | One Comment

I try not to be a sucker for labels. So when I was offered a glass of this Pinot Grigio with a cute name and little hanger on the front of the bottle—blatantly marketed toward the female wine shopper—I was prepared to hate it. But I didn’t.

2007 Bell'agio Chianti

2007 Bell'agio Chianti

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 in Wine | No Comments

I bought this bottle of Chianti as a joke. The classic Tuscan wine in a wicker basket seemed like the perfect kitschy touch. The big surprise? We actually enjoyed it.

Bonterra Chardonnay 2007

Bonterra Chardonnay 2007

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 in Food Pairings, How to ..., Wine | No Comments

Inspired after trying to pronounce the ingredients on my store-bought loaf of 100% whole-wheat “bread,” I transformed into my alter-ego, Betty Homemaker, and set out to make the perfect loaf of homemade bread. And eat it with a perfect glass of chardonnay.

Tait the Ball Buster 2008

Tait the Ball Buster 2008

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 in Wine | No Comments

A fab shiraz and dinner at an upscale restaurant followed by karaoke at an unpretentious bowling alley bar: a fitting way to celebrate the 40th birthday of my multifaceted (and talented!) friend, Cyndi.

2007 Rudolf Müller Eiswein (Ice Wine)

2007 Rudolf Müller Eiswein (Ice Wine)

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 in Dessert Drinks, Wine | No Comments

The thaw is here. And it couldn’t come any sooner. I am more than ready to toast the beginning of the end of this icy season by opening a bottle of Rudolf Müller Eiswein and munching on crostini with my sweetie.

Blason de Bourgnogne Crémant Rosé

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 in Wine | 2 Comments

Monica prepared theatre-style popcorn on her stovetop. And I poured the bubbly: Blason de Bourgnogne Crémant Rosé. Pink with flavors of berries, this dry sparkling wine is the perfect for a celebratory movie night in.

Rosemount Shiraz 2007

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 in Wine | No Comments

One sip of an intense and fruity Rosemount Shiraz, and the craving hit me: baby back ribs, creamy coleslaw, and cornbread muffins.

Casa Silva Viognier 2005 (Organic)

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 in Wine | No Comments

I’ve been on the lookout for an extraordinary organic wine for a while now. So when I saw one with premier wine critic Robert Parker’s approval on the viognier, my mouth said Yes. Surely someone with a world-renowned nose would know better than little ol’ me about what kind of white wine I’ll like.

Mark West Pinot Noir 2007

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 in Wine | No Comments

I’ve reinstated Friday fondue nights. After the kids are fast asleep, we light a few candles and cozy up to a savory treat: Cheese fondue with plenty of baguette, cubed salami, and roasted vegetables. And, of course, the perfect bottle of red wine to pair with cheese—a 2007 Mark West Pinot Noir.