Tait the Ball Buster 2008

Tait the Ball Buster 2008

Posted by 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.

Lodi Zinfandel

Lodi Zinfandel

Posted by on Mar 10, 2010 in Wine | 2 Comments

We’ve chosen to drive the 7+ hours north because the trunk can hold many more bottles of wine than a suitcase. Buying wine from the hands that sealed it is somehow magical. And Lodi zins are our special treat. Here’s what we discovered.

2007 Rudolf Müller Eiswein (Ice Wine)

2007 Rudolf Müller Eiswein (Ice Wine)

Posted by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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.

Salneval Albariño 2007 Spanish White Wine

Posted by on Jan 27, 2010 in Wine | No Comments

We bundled up and headed downtown to Subo—named for the Filipino word meaning “to feed.” It’s an apt name, considering we ordered nearly everything off the menu—including a citrusy glass of Spanish white wine for me.

Marietta Old Vine Red, Lot No. 50

Posted by on Jan 20, 2010 in Wine | No Comments

The house wine at most restaurants is a cheap, unnamed bottle. At my neighborhood restaurant, the house red is something different. Inexpensive, yes. But also delicious. Marietta is a new friend from an old vine.

Conquista Torrontés 2008 and Guacamole

Posted by on Jan 13, 2010 in Food Pairings, How to ..., Wine | No Comments

Social connections are the key to survival in the Minnesota tundra. A glass of crisp Torrontés, an affordable white wine from Argentina, and some fresh, yummy guacamole doesn’t hurt, either.