Wine & Wonder

a look at wine and enotourism from all angles



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Polish comfort food and Sauvignon Blanc

I spent last weekend laughing my ass off with three wonderful friends - Cheri, Lisa and Dina. I met them at summer camp when I was in high school, more than just a couple of years ago at this point. Now, we get together at least once a year to eat good food, drink good wine, enjoy the outdoors, and play card games that leave us in tears of laughter till late at night. My friends all grew up in the Poconos where a large Polish population lives. Dishes like homemade pierogies and haluski were common in their homes (but definitely in mine). They decided to put these foods on the menu for one of our weekend meals. And I decided to do what I do best in these situations. I brought the wine. Resear

Wine of last week: Nino Franco 2010 Grave Di Stecca Brut, a triple surprise of a bubbly

September and October have been all sparkly on #winestudio. We've been tasting Prosecco from the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG region in Italy - which I'll talk about more in depth at the end of the month. Today, I want to talk about the wine we opened last week - Nino Franco 2010 Grave Di Stecca Brut. The first thing to note about this wine is its color. When I received the bottle, I assumed the glass was gold. It wasn't until I popped the cork and poured my first glass that I realized that rich, golden, inviting hue came from the wine itself! The bottle is clear. Surprise number one. The second surprise is that while we're in the midst of a two month tasting of Prosecco

September '17 wine writing

Catch up with my pieces published elsewhere last month. Drink in the passion of homemade wine (Courier Post) Your neighbors may be making wine in their garage or basement, and you probably don't even know it. 8 drinking experiences to savor across South Jersey (Courier Post feature) Wineries, breweries and distilleries that invite you to stay a while and enjoy music, board games, and movies. Don't miss harvest season at New Jersey wineries (Courier Post) There are experiences at the wineries during harvest season that you won't get any other time of year. What's the allure of Blue Wine (Mother Nature Network)

Finding hope in community

The day of the 2017 solar eclipse, I attended an early afternoon wine tasting at Philadelphia's Tinto, a Spanish tapas restaurant from Jose Garces. After two educational and tasty hours drinking wines of Chile, I stepped out of the restaurant just as the eclipse was at its strongest. I headed toward Rittenhouse Square - one of five original small square parks in Philly planned by city founder William PennRead - to walk through it on my way to the train, and it didn't take me long to notice a different vibe in the city as I walked along. Instead of trying to describe it again, I'll simply copy what I wrote that day on Facebook. Aug 21, 2017 3:14pm I am never disappointed when I chose to take

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