I hosted a dinner this evening at a well-known Chinese restaurant called Jing Fong in Chinatown last year on this day. I had help from a friend, Pinny Tam, who pens a blog called Chinese and Wine Pairings. It was an exquisite experience in all ways - wine, food and company. So much has changed in... Continue Reading →
Today's post is about a couple of great wines I received as samples as part of one of the blogging groups I write with called #WinePW. The essence of the event is to pair food and wine together. These two lovely rieslings showed up at my door and brought immense pleasure to my household and... Continue Reading →
I wrote this post about Susanna many years ago. I am reposting it because I'm about to be a panelist on a webinar where she is speaking. We’ve been friends now for a long time and I have come to appreciate Susanna in so many ways. I have been tasting and drinking Susanna’s wines... Continue Reading →
This month's #ItalianFWT is focusing on Super-Tuscans thanks to Jill Barth of L'Occasion. Here is the preview post where she explains what brought her to want to write about this topic. I'm glad that she decided to shine a light on these wines again because it's something I have been thinking about too. For starters,... Continue Reading →
Today's Wine Wednesday is dedicated to a grape and a wine - Donnafugata's Mille e Una Notte and a region - La Sicilia. Sicily, wow, I haven’t been back in so many years. I must correct that as soon as I am able to. What I have been able to do however, is drink... Continue Reading →
Thanks to a blogging group I am part of, I was lucky enough to receive a group of samples from wineries that are part of the Fingerlake Wine Alliance. I wrote about one of the wineries last week and today is my second installment. The Fingerlakes as an area is just gorgeous and I... Continue Reading →
This used to be my idea of a seminar room. Now it's my small screen on my iPad with many faces in their own space and people looking out from the comforters of their own homes. Often people are poised in front of a bookshelf to show how many books they own it seems or... Continue Reading →
I thought I would repost this because it is still all true. This year, more or less since the Covid outbreak, we have been living with my parents so I see my Dad everyday. It’s not always easy but we are managing and he has mellowed in some areas albeit not all. Then again, neither have I. In these trying times, we have been drinking the wines that we’ve made together, been making sushi and both are very taken with politics. He still runs circles around me in most areas. Tonight he regaled me with tales of Alexander the Great and his endeavors in India, shocked that I didn’t remember the extent of Alexander’s reach or when the Jews were kicked out of England even though the exodus from Spain’s date easily rolled off my tongue. Again, he contains multitudes. My son is so pleased to be living with his grandparents for this time that it makes it all that much sweeter.
Happy Father’s day. My dad is so many things and has taught me so much about everything but this is a wine blog so this is the story of how my dad introduced me to the world of wine. It started when I was young and he made wine in the basement with our neighbor Carmelo from Sicily, Ragusa specifically. They made a fruity red in our basement from Zinfandel grapes I was told. No yeasts were added and my dad swears the wine was delicious. I now make wine with him in that same basement.
His second contribution to my love of wine was the fact that he bought a store which had been a liquor store and he bought the store with its inventory so we had wine at home all the time when I was growing up. I also grew up in one of the first states…
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