Ahhh, fall. It really is my favorite time of year as it is the season of my birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, college football (Go Irish!)
“My father always taught me that it’s all about the vineyard, and this was a great opportunity to add a special one.”
The more I study and learn about wine, the more I find that I totally dig creating food and wine parings. This is why people love me – I give them wine and I give them food! In addition to doing events for various groups, I host an annual pairing for Thing 1’s school as part of a major fundraiser. It’s a great deal of fun and I get to give back while doing something I love. #Winning. As I find in most of the tastings, people can have some strong opinions when they don’t like something. All good though, because that’s how your learn your palate. So for the 2017 edition, I chose seven wines from seven countries paired with seven small bites.
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.