An Iconic Wine Looks at 30

The year was 1984: the first Apple Macintosh computer was on sale and Ronald Reagan was in office. “Terminator,” “The Karate Kid,” and “Ghostbusters” were in the theaters and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” ruled the radio. The “MTV Video Music Awards” came into existence, and the Soviets boycotted the Los Angeles Summer Olympics, as payback forContinue reading “An Iconic Wine Looks at 30”

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Is it Butterflies… Or the Bubbles?

Happy Love Month to all you Valentine’s Day enthusiasts out there! For those of you that are less enamored with the forced love celebration, at least it’s an excuse to drink champagne with the one you love. Not that you need an excuse, mind you, but there are lots of great deals and promotions thisContinue reading “Is it Butterflies… Or the Bubbles?”

Foodie Friday: Fondue to Keep you Warm

With the Polar Vortex looming large over most of the United States, who couldn’t use a little winter warming action to cozy up this weekend? Enter cheese fondue: a perfect complement to a warm fireplace, made better only by the right wine and company. Here’s what you’ll need (for 4-6 servings):  A bottle of dryContinue reading “Foodie Friday: Fondue to Keep you Warm”

A California Winemaker Plants Roots in Virginia

At 868 Estate Vineyards, the quest for greatness is about more than just wine. It’s about taking what nature provides, artfully transforming that raw material and packaging expressive wines that, when combined with gourmet food, create a uniquely beautiful sensory experience. The winemaker behind that quest is Carl DiManno. Unlike most winemakers, DiManno discovered hisContinue reading “A California Winemaker Plants Roots in Virginia”

An Inniskillin Initiation

First things first: happy Canada Day! On a recent jaunt to visit our neighbors to the north, I was fortunate enough to visit Niagara on the Lake. While I wasn’t there long, I am completely smitten. Niagara on the Lake offers a special charm all its own; a unique blend of New England-esque appeal andContinue reading “An Inniskillin Initiation”

Foodie Friday: Spicy Melon Salad

In celebration of summer’s belated arrival, this Foodie Friday post is devoted to a refreshingly simple, yet flavor-packed, appetizer salad. A seemingly odd set of ingredients, this salad never fails to please at summer event,s and full credit for this incredible creation goes to Fusions Cuisine of Northern Virginia. The sweet, juicy melon provides aContinue reading “Foodie Friday: Spicy Melon Salad”

Foodie Friday: The Magic of Meritage

Happy Friday! Today’s Foodie Friday post focuses on the true magic that can take shape when powerhouse varietals are blended together in order to highlight the best characteristics of each one. Bordeaux is perhaps the classic example of how grape varietals can be used to bring out the best in each other; combined in aContinue reading “Foodie Friday: The Magic of Meritage”

Foodie Friday: On a Mission for Morels

This blog is about wine. Devoted to adventures in oenophilia and all great things grape. But every so often, a stunning ingredient steals the show; one that truly makes a meal exquisite. Such is the case today with the magnificent morel mushroom. This funny-looking fungus is highly sought after this time of year. Imparting anContinue reading “Foodie Friday: On a Mission for Morels”

Your Margarita Madness Alternative

They don’t call it “ToKillYa” for nothing. You remember college, right? When Cinco de Mayo was an excuse to drink margaritas until, well, you couldn’t anymore? But you’re not in college anymore, and much like the rhythm, Tequila is going to get you. So here’s your Cinco de Mayo alternative to the margarita madness. We’ll call itContinue reading “Your Margarita Madness Alternative”

Foodie Friday: Cucumber Roll-ups!

Happy Friday, and welcome to a new series here on Cuvee: Foodie Fridays! Each week, I’ll post a delectable dish along with a wine pairing to share with your guests or with your special someone. Starting off easy with an awesome appetizer that is perfect for spring/summer meals: chorizo-goat cheese stuffed cucumber roll-ups. Just aContinue reading “Foodie Friday: Cucumber Roll-ups!”