A new twist on my food and wine paring series. You HAVE been reading those, right? I’m often sent
So Thing 1 and Thing 2 were away for the weekend. While we usually take advantage and go out to a fancy restaurant, it had been a crazy week and we were exhausted and decided to stay in. Cue the grill.
Since we had a bit of time, we decided to hang out a bit and relax. Besides, I needed to give the lamb chops some time to marinate. As I was preparing a board of aged cheddar, prosciutto, almonds, and grapes to nosh on, we heard our neighbors next door and invited them over to hang out for a little while. The cheese instantly made me think of Chardonnay so we opened a bottle of that to start.
Mention the names Krug and Mondavi and even some of the most causal wine drinkers show a sign of recognition. Founded in 1861 by Charles Krug and later purchased by Cesare Mondavi, Charles Krug Winery is the oldest winery in Napa Valley. The winery was owned and run by Peter Mondavi, Sr. until his death in 2016 and today is under the tutelage of his sons, Marc and Peter, Jr. Stacy Clark is the fabulous woman charged with winemaking duties and also is the winemaker and owner of her own label, Galland Clark Wines.
A visit to St. Helena in northern Napa is not complete without a visit to this beautiful and legendary and historic winery.
Getting across the Cascades to the vineyards and wineries in Eastern Washington is not an easy feat. So it’s lucky for us that the industry has brought the wine west to the doorstep of Puget Sound. Less than an hour north of Seattle (about 15 miles) lays the city of Woodinville which has become ground zero for the Washington wine industry. In fact, the beautiful river valley is not only home to over 100 wineries and tasting rooms; it is also home to cideries, distilleries, and craft breweries. Whatever adult beverage you’re in the mood for, chances are you will find a taste in Woodinville.