rose wine, wine, mimi en provence

Mimi en Provence Rosé – Best of the Summer

Welcome to the third part of our Summertime Rosé series, where I have challenged myself to find the best of the best summer rosés of 2017. The purpose of this series is to show you how you do not need to be a wine expert or shred your bank account to enjoy a good glass of wine. In all honesty, I love me some quality sipping but know very little about the genre. I am not going to focus too much on palate and maturation… let’s leave that for the connoisseurs with years of experience under their belt. I am going …

Mathilde Chapoutier Grand Ferrage, Rosé, wine

Finding my way with Mathilde Chapoutier

Summer has officially begun and for my wine glasses that can only mean one thing… Rosé. It’s perfectly light for the sweltering weather, has a refreshingly fruity palate, and gosh-dang-it rosé is so damn pretty! With all that said, over the next few months I will be featuring some of my top picks for best summer rosés. First up: Mathilde Chapoutier’s 2016 Côtes de Provence Grand Ferrage Rosé. Whew, that was a mouthful. Let’s get to know the bottle a little better, shall we? This wine is the brain child of an eighth generation wine maker. Mathilde Chapoutier is the 24-year-old (yes, 24!) …

Gran Reserva, Wine, golf

Tee Time with Gran Reserva

Today, I’m going to teach you a bit about golf. It’s fashionable – the players wear business casual and fancy gloves. They use an arsenal of shiny weapons. Golfers have a subservient assistant that follows them around the field. They even place the balls on mini pedestals in a very civilized manner. Oh and the game’s commentators whisper like they’re at a library. Okay, okay. I know absolutely nothing about golf. These little, frivolous observations of mine are simply the result of many years of keeping my husband company as he watches the sport on a lazy Sunday. He’s not some grand golfer, but …

Jam Cellars, Butter Wine, Wine, Butter Chardonnay, Chardonnay

Butter (Chardonnay) Mom Up!

With Mother’s Day just moments away, it’s time you seriously start brainstorming how you’re going to be spoiling that motherly pillar in your life. I actually had the pleasure of teaming up with JaM Cellars recently to create a “Treat Yo’ Self” day for the mom’s in my life using their Butter Chardonnay. And being a mom myself, I unabashedly joined in on all the festivities. So, if you’re a bit stuck on how to celebrate the upcoming holiday, then follow along with the steps below to recreate my (relatively) easy Mother’s Day celebration. STEP 1: The Wine No Mother’s …

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How to Throw a Wine Tasting Party

Special thanks to Coravin for sponsoring this post! We have all been there. The last party guest has just left the house and you finally have a chance to quickly clean up before you knock out for the night. As you walk through the living room picking up used napkins, dirty appetizer plates, and empty glasses, you come across the dreaded half-drunk bottle of wine. You sigh and silently pray that it is the only one. But then you go into the kitchen. Your prayers were for naught. Not only are there 3 half-empty wine bottles on the counter, there …

JaM Cab + Ice Cream-15019

JaM Cab + Ice Cream

Labor Day is just around the corner and it often serves as a marker of seasonal milestones… the end of summer, the beginning of school, the start of pumpkin spice season, and the end of ice cream’s yearly reign. So it is only natural that the holiday serves as one last long weekend to sit back, relax, and enjoy the last fleeting days of warm weather. What better way to do that then with a glass of wine and a bowl of homemade ice cream? The sweetly named, JaM Cellars, sent me a few bottles of their JaM Cabernet to …

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Gloria Ferrer & the Poached Pear

There are a few foodie milestones that come with growing into a proper adult – eating your first mouthful of caviar without gagging, knowing the difference between chocolate truffles and actual truffles, and learning to pair a good wine with a yummy dessert.  Well, I can’t help you with the caviar reflex (not something I’ve mastered yet, myself), but I certainly can help you with the dessert-wine pairing.   I recently teamed up with Gloria Ferrer to create a sweet spring recipe to go along with their Pinot Noir.  But before we jump to the recipe, it’s a good rule of …