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.
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.
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.
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.
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.