Time to Think about Turkey

Happy Halloween! Are you trick or treating, handing out candy, or hanging out drinking wine and eating candy tonight? I’m multitasking and doing the 2nd and third options. If you need some ideas, check out this handy pairing graphic from Traveling Vineyard. Now,...

The Science Behind a Classic Pairing

Wine and cheese. It?s a classic pairing, like peanut butter and jelly but better. You may have had a cheese plate with a wine flight a dozen times, but do you know why your taste buds are so happy when you do? If you?re not curious now, stop reading. Grab a cheese...

Christmas Cookie Pairing Time

One of my favorite childhood memories is making Christmas cookies. It was an annual tradition and we had a set menu: chocolate crinkles, cut-outs, snickerdoodles, snowballs, and probably a few others I?m forgetting. We also made fudge and divinity if it wasn?t too humid for the candy to set. When we made the cut-outs my siblings and I each got a pan of cookies to decorate, and then of course we got to eat them when they were finished! I always preferred the smaller cookies (especially the candy cane shaped ones!) because they were a little crunchier than the others. The cookies were, of course, left out for Santa on Christmas Eve and featured prominently on Christmas morning, when we ate cookies and candy for breakfast because my mom was too busy to make breakfast.

Thanksgiving Wines to Take You From Dinner to Dessert

Thanksgiving is all about the pie, am I right? Okay, there?s dinner, too; but really the turkey, ham, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and rolls are really just a means to a sweet and satisfying end: pie. If your family is anything like mine, everyone has a favorite pie that...

A Spooky Halloween Themed Pairing Party

If you?re looking to have some fun at this year?s Halloween party, consider doing a spooky wine and dessert pairing party. With just a few tweaks to a traditional pairing party, you can give your guests a great time.

Brownies and Barolo- A Richly Rewarding Pairing

Do you have a go-to dessert? One you make when you just really need a sugar fix or you need to take a dish to a party and don?t want to experiment? I do. It?s brownies. These little chocolate squares are the perfect crowd pleaser: most people like chocolate (and if you don?t I?m not sure we can be friends. JK. Maybe); they don?t require a fork so they?re easy to eat when mingling, and they?re iconic. Most people grow up eating brownies semi-regularly, so there are no funny looks when you walk in with a plate of them and no one has to ask what they are or how to eat them. Trust me, it happens.