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    Tuscany + Wine = Romance

    Wine Fall Tuscan Values Tuscany, bring on the romance… Castello di Monsanto Monrosso DOCG 2011, a Chianti Classico Docg, bring on the Sangiovese… and, ...

    By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

    While in Hershey: Tröegs Brewery

    Seems like we've been visiting Hershey, Pennsylvania quite often in the past year, and why not, with the zoo, chocolate factory, and amusement park. And Tröegs Brewery is always on the agenda. Hard to believe the brewery is almost 20 years old; first operating in Harrisburg and moving to the new location in the fall of 2011.

    4 readers - By Todd M. Godbout/ WineCompass

    Monkfish Saltimbocca

    Very easy and such a sublime dish you will definitely impress your family and guests. Promised. Ingredients 8 little pieces of monkfish filet 8 slices Parma/Serrano ham 8 sage leaves 1 lime P ...

    By Wine Berserkers

    MacPhail Tales: Chasing the Muse of of Terroir and Noir

    MacPhail Tales: Chasing the Muse of of Terroir and Noir By Glen Frederiksen In the world of wine, Pinot Noir has a reputation as a fickle grape, capable of sublime complexity and, conversely, sour, vegetal displeasure. The road to Pinot Noir perfection is fraught with missteps and pitfalls, enough to drive a winemaker over the edge.

    2 readers - By Wine Lines

    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve 2012 Pinot Noir

    It's been 3 years and six vintages ago that I tasted my first Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Pinot Noir Red Wine, and I make a curious observation: I paid less this time around! Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve 2012 Pinot Noir, $13.59-$18.99, 88 points, appeared bright ruby trending cranberry red with a clear rim. Aromas of ...

    By Dennis Tsiorbas/ New Hampshire Wine-man

    Review: Highland Park 50 Years Old

    When one receives an invitation to taste one of the rarest spirits in the world, one accepts before the bearer of the invitation realizes what he’s done. In this case, the offer was legit, and I found myself staring down a bottle of Highland Park 50 Years Old — 275 bottles made, $20,000 each, and sold out pretty much immediately upon release — and a 1/4 oz. of whisky that had my name on it.

    By Christopher Null/ Drinkhacker.com

    TasteCamp At Hudson Valley: Cider

    "In early eighteenth-century New England, the most popular alcoholic drink, in terms of volume, was locally produced cider. Throughout much of this period, cider served as a currency. It was used to pay salaries and product prices could be quoted in barrels of cider." --Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol by Iain Gately When Europeans settled in America, apples were one of t ...

    By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

    ¡Oh Tierra del Sol! Suspiro por verte

    ¡Qué lejos estoy del suelo donde he nacido! inmensa nostalgia invade mi pensamiento; y al verme tan solo y triste cual hoja al viento, quisiera llorar, quisiera morir de sentimiento. ¡Oh Tierra del Sol! Suspi ...

    By Do Bianchi/ Do Bianchi

    When losers become winners: How a bad appellation can make you a cult wine

    When I was a working wine critic, people said I possessed a certain amount of power. Maybe so, but I never was in a position to dictate to a winery what appellation they were entitled to use on the label! If I had been an official taster with the Institut national de l’origine et de la qualité, the French quasi-governmental agency that regulates the appellation contrôlée syst ...

    6 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    Thursday Sips & Nibbles

    I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting wine and food items that are upcoming. ********************************************************** 1) The Met Back Bay is once again launching its “Boston Hot Chocolate Experience” featuring Taza Chocolate on Friday, November 28.

    By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

    Break Out The Bubbly

    By Charles Olken I will confess that the biggest celebrations Chez Olken not only involve bubbles, whose appearance is a regular occurrence in this household, but one special bottle that has been our go-to wine for more years than I care to count. And, since confession is good for the soul, even at a happy time like this, I will admit that the wine comes from Champagne and is ...

    By Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

    Fall Wines

    Wine tasting is an activity to be enjoyed by adults. We neither support nor condone the consumption of alcohol by minors. Virginia Wine Time is a wine blog written by two w ...

    By Virginia Wine Time

    Travel Inspiration Series: Going Local

    It’s been a while since we’ve shared a post for the Travel Inspiration series… I’m excited to share a guest post from Paula at Contended Traveller regarding her inspiration to travel – meeting and learning from locals. What (or who) has inspired you to travel? By Paula McInerney, ContentedTraveller.

    By Elaine Schoch/ Carpe Travel

    Spotlight on Unusual California White Wine: Arbe Garbe White Blend 2012

    My final entry in this spotlight was long delayed due to my trip to Portugal, but the wait was worth it. Arbe Garbe’s Friulian-style blend is one of the best of the “new Caifornia” whites on the market. One might not associate the Russian River Valley with north eastern Italian white wine, but take a couple of Italian transplants, Letizia Pauletto and Enrico Bertoz, some bri ...

    By Just Grapes

    There are witches in the air: purple cauliflower soup

    2 Servings Looking at Her Majesty’s Halloween menu, I had the impression that something was missing. What was it? We had the bats and the skeleton and the ghost … so? But some witches of course! Over the last few days, I have been thinking about a dish which would be reminiscent of witches and when I saw a purple cauliflower at the grocery store, the idea struck me like a thunder.

    By Flora's Table

    Beer + Food

    Falling Sky Brewery & Delicatessen is neat inside: it’s got sort of a vintage feel with the brick wall and every so often a single brick slightly pushed out that then rest with a bold bright color and the long, family style table down the entire center of the restaurant. It’s warm and inviting. The people are nice who work there.

    1 readers - By Jess Poshepny Vallery/ Moxie Lady

    Claim 52 Brewing

    Claim 52 was a great find. I was using the nearby feature on Untappd and we kind of stumbled onto this one. We asked around about it and all the local breweries said it was definitely worth waiting for them to open. They are open Thursdays 4-8pm, Fridays 4-9pm, and Saturdays 2-7pm. The owners/brewers pour the beers in their taproom as they balance brewing the beer just on the ...

    By Jess Poshepny Vallery/ Moxie Lady

    Old 99 Brewing Company

    In the tiny little one horse town of Roseburg, Orgeon, is this small little warehouse style brewery owned by three couples {two who live nearby and one who lives in Vancouver}. The wives run the front of the show and the husbands brew the beer. They are super down to earth, friendly, and welcoming.

    By Jess Poshepny Vallery/ Moxie Lady

    John Duval creates ageworthy Syrah at Long Shadows Vintners

    John Duval, left, of Penfolds Grange fame, relies on Yakima Valley grower Dick Boushey to produce much of the Syrah he makes under the Sequel brand for Long Shadows Vintners in Walla Walla, Wash. (Photo courtesy of Long Shadows Vintners) WALLA WALLA, Wash. — It took 32 hours of travel for Australian winemaker John Duval to reach Walla Walla, but one of the world’s famous Syra ...

    By Great Northwest Wine