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Brown Butter Pasta

  Ingredients: 8 oz. Fettuccine 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter 4 Eggs 3/4 cup Pine Nuts Freshly Ground Black Pepper (to taste) Freshly Grated Parmesan Kosher Salt (to taste) Grated Nutmeg (to taste)   Preparation: 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add pasta 2. Cook, sitrring occasionally, until al dente,… read more »

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Sandra’s FAMOUS Crostini

Who doesn’t love a good olive oil & balsamic vinegar combo?! Two nights ago, Sandra made her famous Crostini. So I knew I had to write about it on our blog. Ok..I called it Bruschetta when it is Crostini…regardless, simple recipe that highlights good olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Take a look…and try not to get… read more »

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Julio Basillas from Matetic Vineyards

As much as I find the history of a winery interesting, to me the winemakers background and experience is what drives the wineries brand a flavor profile. And as I interview winemakers from all over the world, I find such a great diversity in education, experience, pedigree and winemaking philosophy. A few weeks ago I… read more »

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Winemaker’s Dinner in Las Vegas!

Join us on June 17th, 2013!!   Ever wonder how to pair wine and food? Ever wonder how the a chef might think of a pairing… Join me and Chef Jose Luis on a culinary trip through food and wine in fabulous LAS VEGAS! Hosts Catherine and Jose Luis Pawelek will be our culinary trip… read more »

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Impacts of Elevation

Have you ever thought about elevation and wine? Well, believe it or not, elevation plays a key role in wine production.  Like so many other factors, the elevation of a vineyard is an important aspect of its ability to produce great wine grapes. What’s interesting is that its importance varies based on where the vineyard is…. read more »

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Dijon-Rosemary Crusted Prime Rib Roast with Pinot Noir Au Jus

  This is such a wonderful recipe. The strength of the beef cradle in the subtleties of Dijon and Rosemary. My mind went right to Tempranillo. Tempranillo can be pretty forward but I think it  would catch the Rosemary just right but stand up to the marble of the Prime Rib. Try this month’s new… read more »

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Malolactic Mystery

I was recently asked a great question… “At a recent wine tasting we kept hearing the phrase ‘Malo’ or ‘It’s not 100% malo’, or ‘There is no malo’. What does this mysterious phrase mean?” ~ M.Z., Milwaukee, WI. And I answered with this…  It is encouraging to hear that you are attending wine tastings. It… read more »

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Olive Tapenade Grilled Cheese

This looks so good…..I sat imagining the flavors and it hit me. A Sicilian Grillo! This wine was the leanness to hold up to the cheese and the saltiness (not really sodium) to compliment the tapenade….can’t wait to try it! Olive Tapenade Grilled Cheese Makes one big sandwich Ingredients: 2 slices rustic bread, sliced 4 tablespoons… read more »

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Camaraderie Over Snobbery

What’s New…. I was validated last week, at least in a small slice of my life. Certainly, for any of us to find complete validation of our existence cannot be known until we are gone. But along the way, little snips of life can keep us going because we feel like something is right about… read more »

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What’s New This Month?

Yesterday during tasting day (tasted about 56 wines); I had a visit from a sales manager of a large distributor. He was rather inquisitive about what was happening with our business. I felt a bit uneasy with some of the questions. Usually when a salesman is trying to understand my business, the questions are not… read more »

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