Robin and her friend Susan had been going to Isla Mujeres, a tiny island off the coast of Cancun, Mexico for 15 plus years before I was invited to join them in 2005. Along with the typical advice I was given by the two well traveled ladies of “Don’t drink the water”, I was told to not drink the wine. Apparently, their experience showed them that while the ceviche was second to none, and a fresh margarita could be found anywhere, drinkable wine was a rare treat on the Island.
Since I wasn’t crazy about either of the Syrah wines I had for Wine Blogging Wednesday #55, I decided to open a third. I was hopeful to end the night on a positive note, so opened up a Dry Creek Valley wine, since I would soon be there. The Taft Street Syrah 2006, about $20 retail, got the call and I chose to save the Longboard for my return from California. The question is, did I pick the right wine to end the night?
As I mentioned in the video part of the wine review, I had picked out three varietals, Syrah, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc. Ultimately, the wines I drank were the Syrah, though had I had more time, I likely would have done all three grapes and done a wine review of each.
If you read my wine blog regularly, or follow me on twitter, then you know that I was ultra excited for the Italian Food & Wine Tasting that chef Debbie Frangipane and I were doing at the end of February. Not only did we plan on having decent wines, and great food, but a small crowd of 13 friends were going to join us. The idea was to showcase Debbie’s culinary skills, pair her delicious food with some wines that I picked up, and share them with some great people. Most of the folks in attendance were twitter users, so it was a grand scale Twitter Taste Live event, mixing food and wine and fun!
Every now and then, I get the wild idea that I want to drink nothing except one varietal of wine. That’s semi crazy given the vast world of wines out there. However, I gave in this time when the call of Zinfandel was so loud, it nearly gave me a headache. Perhaps it was the fact that Zinfandel Advocates & Producers Festival had just finished. Perhaps it was that I was in a wine store’s Zin section, looking at the Wine Road Barrel Tasting events I’ll be at March 14-15, and found 2 of the wineries Zin’s right in front of me. Either way, I was intent on trying a number of Zinfandels, all in the name of posting it on my wine blog for you!
This month’s Wine Blogging Wednesday post has me very excited. Not only has David McDuff’s Passion for Piedmont installment fit in perfectly with my February 28th Italian food and wine event, it allowed me to get away from New World wines, and hopefully introduce some of my wine blog / wine vlog friends to Italian wines. While I have done a blog post or two about Italian wines, I’ve really never discussed Piedmont and it’s wines.
I have recently connected with a very dynamic woman, Debbie Frangipane, who is not only a personal trainer, but a chef. In addition to that, Debbie and her husband Barry, organize and take you on fantastic trips to Italy, where they introduce you to the wonder and beauty of Italy, as well as the amazing food and wines you can find there. After a little bit of coordination, Debbie and I decided we’d like to do a joint Food and Wine event, her cooking 3 fabulous Italian courses, and my pairing awesome Italian wines with them.
It seems that while people like wine, they LOVE goat cheese appetizers. Perhaps because the flavors are just so exciting, and they do pair well with wine. Or perhaps because their friends can’t cook, and they want to impress their friends with a great lead-in appetizer. Regardless of the reason, Robin and I love goat […]