Did I find God in the vineyards? That must have happened because I can’t even explain it normal terms. On January 16, 2012, in a little town called La Consulta, my colleagues (Thane, Neil, Peter, Brett) and I tasted something magical. We flew in from the US on a Tour de Argentina and Chile to meet with some of those countries’ superstar winemakers. But no moment of this trip was greater than the time with we spent with Karim Mussi Saffie, Proprietor and Winemaker of Altocedro in La Consulta, Mendoza. The plan was to check out the winery, the vineyards, taste wines, eat food and drink, but what transpired was more than we had expected.
The other day a friend asked me, “Why is there always a clam chowder special on Fridays?”. Well, folks, that comes from “fish Fridays”. The one day a week when Catholics would abstain from eating meat. Now, it’s only done during Lent, which is the season before Easter. In my family, it meant tuna sandwiches for lunch and bacalao, salted cod, at my grandfather’s house for dinner. Here are a few creative and easy fish recipes with matching wines for your Friday so that you don’t spend all of Lent eating fish sticks!
Buen provecho! Continue reading Food & Wine: Fish Fridays!
It’s National Chili Day! There are as many recipes for chili as there are people in Texas. Chili is a great dish for these wintery days. Here is my oddball recipe for chili. It is not super hot, so it is wine friendly with some Zinfandel or Rhone. My favorite is topping a baked potato with the chili and the fixings and a big glass of wine!
Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is a celebration and a release of all excesses before the Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras in New Orleans is more than just one day, it is a whole season with a series of parades from different krewes, or groups, winding through the city. Beads and other throws are thrown from the floats. You can catch beads, blinkies, toys, and even shoes. The official colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold. Purple Represents Justice. Green Represents Faith. Gold Represents Power.
For those of us who cannot make to the Crescent City, here is a classic Mardi Gras menu with some wine suggestions for your party. Continue reading Food & Wine: Mardi Gras Menu
Valentine’s Day is all about sending clear and defined messages to those we love….
- In a new relationship? Keep the message basic and sweet
- Been married for years? Spice it up with something fun
- Asking out your latest crush? Time to be BOLD
Nothing says “Be Mine” more than a cleverly crafted wine label. If all else fails, you at least get to enjoy the wine! Here are our top 10 wines to give your loved one: