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Welcome back to the wine series. This month we’re trying the 2015 Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. It is one of the oldest grapes in world, dating back to Roman times and is now the 10th most planted grape in the world, with France, the U.S., and Germany as the top 3 suppliers. It is also known for being a little finicky to grow, which keeps supply of good pinot noir down and results in a generally pricier wine.

An Extravaganza of Food- The Houston Press Menu of Menus

If you didn’t attend the Houston Press’s Menu of Menus Extravaganza Tuesday night, you missed out on a feast! The event was held at Silver Street Studios, which is a really cool industrial space near Washington. The building is very open with plenty of room for guests to stand and eat their samples and take pictures. It created a fun, laid back vibe perfect for wandering, sampling, and spending time with friends.

A Classic American Treat Meets Wine

You know what I love about wine and dessert pairing? The wines and desserts that pair well never fail to amaze me. Just when I think I know everything, I find a pairing that is just amazing when I never thought it would work.

Solving a Classic Problem: Which Wines to Serve at Easter Dinner

Easter has always been a time for my family to gather, eat a lot of candy, have a special dinner and spend time together. A lot of families have special dinner traditions at Easter, often involving ham, lamb, mashed potatoes, and spring vegetables…and wine. The classic problem faced by hosts of any gathering, including Easter dinner, is what kind of wine to serve. Everyone enjoys different things and even if you try to find the perfect wines to pair with your menu, someone is going to want something other than what you served. So to make your life a little easier, here are 5 wines that will go well with many Easter dinner menus, please a variety of palates, and pair well with the Easter candy you steal from the kids’s baskets.

2014 Chateau Sociando-Mallet- A classic Bordeaux

This month’s wine, the 2014 Chateau Sociando-Mallet is from one of the most iconic wine regions in the world- Bordeaux, France. This area in France is ideal for grape growing and is the largest appellation in France. While wines from this region are all known as Bordeaux, they actually have a good bit of variety in terms of taste, body, and quality.

Porter Bundt Cake- Big, Bold Flavors

Welcome back to the monthly cake series! This month’s cake is a porter bundt cake with whiskey caramel sauce. If you think that’s a long name, it’s only to prepare you for the big, bold flavors you’ll get from this cake. Go check out the recipe and then come back here for some tips on making this cake a success.

Spring Flavor Update- Lemon Desserts with Zesty White wines

In my family, when it’s your birthday you get to pick the cake flavor. For years when I was a kid, all I wanted was lemon cake with lemon frosting. I don’t know where that came from, but that’s what I wanted. And by golly, that’s what I got, even though no one else in my family wanted it. They didn’t mind too much, though, because by the time my birthday rolled around we had already had 3 cakes in the last 3 weeks and had another one to go two weeks later- my mom, 3 siblings, and I all have birthdays within a 6 week period, which means LOTS. OF. CAKE.

Wine Series- Burgundy Pinot Noir

Welcome to the next installment of the wine series! This time around we’re trying a Burgundy pinot noir. Why? Red Burgundy wine is made from 100% pinot noir and is generally considered some of the best wine in the world. Pinot noir is notoriously difficult to grow, so many examples really aren’t that great- they’re thin and don’t have much flavor. However, a good pinot noir is a dry wine with fruit forward flavors and earthy notes. The flavor should be complex and there should be a bit of tannin.

Molten Lava Cakes- Chocolate Decadence Any Day of the Week

Welcome back to the 2018 cake series, where we are making a new cake every month to master a number of different styles and techniques! If you missed out on the January cake, don’t worry you can still make it! Just head over to the post for lots of tips on making a delicious angel food cake! This month is all about chocolate and decadence, so we’re doing a molten chocolate cake using the recipe from the creator of this style of cake himself, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. This delicious cake can easily be made any night of the week, because it’s quick and easy!

Chocolate and Wine Trail Review

If you’ve been reading the blog for long, you may have noticed that I’m a big fan of the Bluebonnet Wine Trail. If you’re just tuning in, the Bluebonnet Wine Trail is a group of 7 wineries along 45 and 290 that host events throughout the year. At each event the wineries offer two wine samples and a food pairing based on the trail theme. In February, they host the first event of the year, which is the Wine and Chocolate Trail. Yum, right? I did the trail last weekend with the boyfriend and now I’m sharing all of the delicious wines and pairings we tried. The trail is this weekend, too, so go check it out!