What Wines Pair Well With BBQ?

Beer is the most common choice for barbecue, because it acts as a palate cleanser. Something to cut through the richness of the meal. Barbecue is where wine pairing can get tricky and confusing. Here are some tips: Try a Chardonnay or sparkling wine with grilled chicken. Serve Malbec, Syrah and Zinfandel with Steaks and burgers. Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris or a dry rose pair well wi...
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National Wine Day

Here are a few to try: 2014 Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon La Posta Pizzela 2014 Malbec While enjoying a glass this evening, here are a few things to ponder… The Wine Institute reports that in 2015, Americans drank 915 Million gallons of Wine. That’s a lot of wine!  Picture this; one acre of grapevines produces 797 gallons of ...
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Review: Noble Vines 2013 The One Black Red

Noble Vines The One
Noble Vines 2013 The One Black Red is a blend of several red varieties: Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec among others. This wine was awarded the Best Buy award by Wine Enthusiast.  Jim Gordon, a contributing editor for the magazine, wrote, “An extremely deep, almost black color is the first sign that something unusual is going on in this bold but not heavy wine. It smells like ...
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Review: 2013 Archimedes Cabernet Sauvignon

The beauty of living in the country is that I get to take really awesome pictures of ordinary things. It is fun to play around with what’s outside and create semi-professional looking pictures.  I mean, come on, look at how amazing this picture makes me look.  Haha!  I am no professional photographer, but I like to pretend that I am. Anyway, this particular bottle of wine is special. I wa...
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Review: Josh Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

  Josh Cellars Cab has recently become one of my favorite wines. It is easy to enjoy by itself or paired with a casual meal. It’s juicy with hints of blackberries, cherries and has the aroma of vanilla and spices. It’s rated at 89 points and at just $18, it is an easy choice to pair with any meal. I suggest a grilled chicken salad or even hamburgers. This one won’t let you down. En...
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Review: The Prisoner 2012

The Prisoner Wine Company’s  2012 red blend, is a mouth full of explosive fruit. It is not a subtle wine but and in-your-face red a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Savignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Charbon. Its bold with hints of black cherry, cinnamon and chocolate. This is a family favorite. In fact, each Christmas my husband treats the family to a magnum bottle for the table at Christmas...
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Review: Benziger Family Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

At around $20 and rated at 85 points, this wine is fabulous and affordable! I picked it up after hearing quite positive reviews from my dad. Like me, he is no sommelier, but does enjoy wine…as does just about everyone in my family. While enjoying this easy-to-drink Cab, I got cherries, chocolate, berries and coffee. It had a wonderfully, delightful smooth finish. Don’t you just love how talk...
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Review: La Posta Pizzella Family Vineyard 2014 Malbec

La Posta Pizzella Family Vineyard 2014 Malbec is a full bodied Argentinian red wine that pairs well with anything from chipotle chicken enchiladas to a grilled ribeye. At 86 points and only $18, this wine is woody, peppery and has hints of raspberries and blackberries. If you love Argentinian wines, Malbecs or just love wine like me, you’re sure to enjoy this one! Enjoy and until next time...
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Red Wine 101

red wine at dinner
I am not a wine expert, and I don’t try to act like one. But, I have tried to educate myself about wine enough so that when I’m standing in the isle, filled with hundreds of different types of wines, I want to know what I’m looking at…and spending my money on. OK, I know what you’re all thinking: “In such a small town, how can you pick from hundreds of wines?” Well, we don’t! But, when we trave...
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