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Everything Happens For A Riesling…German Wine Tasting

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Riesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany.

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I recently had the pleasure of attending a German wine tasting at my favorite local wine shop “Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar”…mrbillswinecellar.com

When we think of German Riesling,  don’t automatically think “sweet”…think “apples and peaches and freshness” instead.  And definitely think wine and food pairing because these wines are fabulous with food ~ especially the spicy cuisines of Thailand and India. Fabulous with German fare too…spicy sausages, hearty pork dishes…

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I purchased this bottle to take home…2013 Hansen-Lauer Reisling Brut SEKT b. A.  $20 range.  Fresh apple and peach notes with Mosel minerality. Dry yet fruity,  refreshingly effervescent. I found this sparkling to be a better food pairing wine than a sipping wine.   Pair with shrimp, tempura or Thai food.

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My favorite sips from the wine tasting:

2013 Heinz Eifel Riesling Auslese.  $18 range.  Sun-riped grapes resulting in a “buttery touch of sweetness” that reminded me of chardonnay. Luscious with a long finish.  This wine would be lovely paired with Thai food.

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2014 Seebrich Riesling Spatlese.  Notes of apricot. Rich with minerality that is high enough that it gives the impression that the wine has a little effervescent spritz. Smooth finish.  $19 range.

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2015 Heinz Eifel Beerenauslese.  $25 range. Nice dessert wine with peach and nectarine notes. Not too syrupy.  made from hand-selected individual grapes that have been affected by ‘noble rot’, a fungus that dehydrates the grapes  and adds a rich honey flavor to the wines. Pair with stone fruit desserts or blue cheese. 

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Here’s a link to Food and Wine 15 Rules for Great Wine and Food Pairings:

http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/15-rules-great-wine-and-food-pairings?xid=NL_WINELIST081517&utm_source=foodandwine.com&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=wine-list&utm_content=2017081512PM

Food and Wine recommends pairing off-dry Riesling with sweet and spicy dishes:  The slight sweetness of many Rieslings, Gewürztraminers and Vouvrays helps tame the heat of spicy Asian and Indian dishes.

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The 10 most expensive Champagne bottles on the planet

Veuve Clicquot Yellowboam Ostrich Limited! Fun bubbles to read about, would be even more fun to drink!

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Nothing says celebration quite like popping bottles of Champagne.

Sparkling wine originated in 17th-century France as an experiment for kings and queens. The process was later perfected and popularized by Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Pérignon.

Today, sparkling wine is made from grapes of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or Pinot Meunier all over the world.

But some bottles of bubbly are so exclusive that they’re available only in high-end clubs or by special order. Many of them have retail values of up to tens of thousands of dollars.

Alcohol comparison site Under the Label provided us with a list of the top-10 most expensive bottles of Champagne in the world. Check them out below.

10. Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil-sur-Oger (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 — $899

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One More Reason to Love Italy

Saluti! from my friend and one of my favorite bloggers, Tonya, fourthgenerationfarmgirl.com Enjoy her recipe for a delightful Spritz cocktail!

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In May, Scott and I celebrated our 20th anniversary in Tuscany, specifically Cortona and Florence.  We chose Italy, because it’s one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever visited, and the people are lovely and welcoming.  From the breathtaking views of the Tuscan countryside to the art, culture, and history of its towns and cities, Italy offers so much.  And, I haven’t even mentioned food or wine, yet!

Speaking of wine as well as the many reasons to love Italy, I want to share a recipe for an iconic Italian apéritif called The Spritz.  The Spritz is prepared with Prosecco wine, a dash of bitter liqueur such as Aperol, a splash of club soda, and an orange wedge to garnish.  We enjoyed this refreshing cocktail during our time in Florence and loved it.  Its light and citrusy flavors make it a summertime favorite!

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These potatoes are on FIRE! Sparkling Wine Quenches The Heat

This morning I decided to include Potatoes Picante on my Sunday brunch menu.  This spicy Spanish red sauce on top of crispy potatoes is on FIRE with the addition of cayenne pepper.  It can be as spicy as you like it depending on how much cayenne pepper you add…and a tiny pinch of this spice goes a long way! 

Potatoes Picante

For the Picante Sauce:

2 large tomatoes (preferably fresh out of the garden for the best flavor)

12 ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained, chopped into very small pieces

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 pinches cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon Smoked Spanish Paprika

2 tablespoons butter

For the potatoes:

3 Russet potatoes, peeled.

2 cups Vegetable oil

To prepare the sauce:  Cut the tomatoes in half.  Place a box grater in a bowl.  Grate the cut side of each tomato so that the tomato pulp falls into the bowl.   Discard the tomato skin.

Place the olive oil in a pan and warm it gently over low heat. Add the tomato pulp, chopped red peppers, sugar, salt, paprika and cayenne pepper to the olive oil.  Stir to combine all ingredients.  Bring to a simmer over medium heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat and add butter. Stir until butter is melted. Return sauce to heat and keep warm over very low heat while preparing the potatoes.

Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise, then cut each half in half again, making 4 strips of potato. Cut each strip into 4 pieces which will make cubes of approximately one inch.  Put the vegetable oil in a deep frypan and heat until sizzling. Carefully add potatoes in one layer and fry over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes. Check to make sure the potatoes are tender and continue to fry for 5 more minutes until potatoes are crispy and lightly browned.  Remove potatoes from oil with a slotted spoon and place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain the oil off the potatoes.  Sprinkle with a little salt if desired.

Serve warm potatoes on small plates drizzled with the picante sauce. Buen Provecho!

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I paired the potatoes with Charles Bove Sparkling Wine…tiny bubbles dancing in the flute, the pairing tasted “buttery” to me which was quite pleasing to the palate. The bubbles are created by  long-aging on its yeast via methode traditionnelle practice of secondary fermentation in the bottle.  This dry and festive wine is made from grapes primarily grown in he superb white chalk soils of the central Loire Valley.  Nothing fancy, just light and refreshing. $15 range.

Later I will quench the summer heat at Blue Cow Ice Cream Shop. Homemade ice cream in Roanoke Virginia! bluecowicecream.com

Blue Cow Ice Cream Flight…flavors (front to back) Chocolate Cayenne, Peanut Butter Fudge Swirl, Peach Ginger, Banana Pudding.

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“Dry”, that means “sweet”. How to decipher Prosecco and live happily ever after

Bubbly good facts about Prosecco from the Wine Reporter IZA POPKO.

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Talking about the best aperitifs I could write for example about Champagnes and it would be quite obvious choice. Why? Because they are in my opinion one of the best aperitifs in the world. It won’t be too risky to say that they’re the best wines in the world. But, because of its lower price, Prosecco rules the world of sparkling wines whether we like it or not. Good news are that sparkling snobs of the world can find Prosecco that will appeal to their noble taste. Impossible? Let’s see.

Prosecco can’t be as great as Champagne, and this is undisputable. Full stop. But this Spring, instead of visiting Champagne – my dream destination – I went for a press trip organized by Consorzio Tutela Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG, a body responsible for everything that is happening in the fatherland of famous Italian fizz. On 21th of May I…

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Summertime Is Sangriatime … Try These Fun Sangria Recipes!

Summertime is Sangria Time! Enjoy these fun Sangria recipes!

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Fresh Strawberry Blackberry Sangria

This fresh berry sangria is very sweet and refreshing…perfect to sip on a summer evening.

Prepare sangria the day before serving. Place sangria glasses in freezer the day of service to chill glasses.

1 pound fresh strawberries, stemmed and cut in fourths

6 ounces fresh blackberries

10 ounces Bacardi frozen Strawberry Daiquiri mix

Fill empty Daiquiri mix can 1/2 full with Blackberry Flavored Brandy

1 bottle Broadbent Rosé Vinho Verde

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons simple syrup

1 33.8 ounce bottle Lime Perrier Sparkling Water

Make a day ahead to allow the fruit to macerate. Place the strawberries, blackberries, strawberry daiquiri mix, blackberry flavored brandy, Rosé Vinho Verde and simple syrup together in a large glass pitcher.  Mix lightly to combine all ingredients.  Place in refrigerator for 24 hours.  When ready to serve, stir lightly before pouring into chilled glasses.

Pour Lime Perrier Sparkling Water into chilled glass until 1/3 full and…

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Exploring the Montagne de Reims Champagne Route

A beautiful journey to Epernay, France from our traveling friend Klaus @ notesfromcamelidcountry.net

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The route south of Reims to the historic city of Dijon is a three or four hour drive. We were in no particular hurry and decided a detour to Epernay along a 70km Route de Champagne would be a rewarding side trip. Amidst the rolling hills, sleepy villages and grand château of the Montagne de Reims, wine-making traditions have barely changed in over 100 years. You can almost feel the pace of life slow down as you travel through the vineyards and wheat fields that happily co-exist across the region.

The route offers sweeping panoramas over the lush landscapes of central Champagne, and passes through one picturesque village after another. Villages like Dizy and Bouzy have highly appropriate names. Every village is host to numerous champagne houses, some large some small, and opportunities for sampling wines from small producers are plentiful. There are more sobering sights in this region however…

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