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Institut Agricole Régional Cornalin, Valle d’Aosta, Italy 2006

Date: Thu, Jul 24, 2008

Last night my best buddy and I enjoyed a beef stir-fry with a bottle of Institut Agricole Régional Cornalin, from Valle d’Aosta in Italy, vintage 2006.  The Institut Agricole Régional is an agricultural school in the Valle d’Aosta (Aosta Valley) which is at the very northerly top-western area in Italy and borders France and Switzerland.  [...]

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Celebrity Collage by MyHeritage

Date: Sat, Jul 19, 2008

So these are the celebrities I most closely resemble, Marcia Cross being the top match, according to a fun app at MyHeritage.com. That’s me in the middle, by the way, not some devastatingly attractive supermodel (guffaw). They also have an app that morphs your face into your top look-alike. I found out about this utility [...]

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Bin Ends 1st Twitter Tasting LIVE

Date: Fri, Jul 18, 2008

Last night I participated in local wine store Bin Ends 1st Twitter Tasting LIVE event.  Twitter is, as all Web 2.0 cognoscenti know well, a very popular micro-blogging tool.  (Note - I’ve changed my handle from s_r_m to bloviatrix on Twitter to help establish my ‘brand’).  This was a virtual group tasting amongst several well-known [...]

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Wine Blogging Wednesday #47 - Sharon Sips Sangria Made with Shiraz on a Sunny Sunday with her Salad

Date: Sun, Jul 13, 2008

This month’s Wine Blogging Wednesday theme is ‘brought to you by the letter S’, and is hosted by Grape Juice, A Wine Blog. The letter S should figure prominently in the wine name, country, varietal, producer, appellation, vineyard, or really in any way at all!  I assume the folks at Grape Juice are fans of [...]

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Pre-July 4th Wine Tasting at Wine-Sense

Date: Fri, Jul 4, 2008

Last night with Richard A.’s (A Passionate Foodie) wine interest group The North Shore Winers I attended a wine tasting at a neat little boutique wine store called Wine-Sense in Andover, MA.  It’s really a tiny store but each wine for sale is carefully chosen by ebullient and personable owner Samanta Turner, shown below. 8 wines [...]

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Gary Vaynerchuk’s Book Tour Stop in Boston

Date: Sun, Jun 22, 2008

On Thursday evening June 19th 2008 I attended the Boston stop of Gary Vaynerchuk’s book tour. He is promoting his new book 101 Wines Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight, and Bring Thunder to Your World. I’ve been a Vayniac (fan) since early November ’07 when I discovered Wine Library TV after reading this article in Slate. [...]

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Wine Blogging Wednesday #46 - Rhone White Varietals

Date: Wed, Jun 11, 2008

This month’s Wine Blogging Wednesday is hosted by Dr. Debs over at Good Wine Under $20. The theme this month is summery white wine varietals generally associated with the Rhone Valley in France, to quote: “The varieties that I think best exemplify summer are white varieties associated with the Rhone: Bourboulenc, Clairette Blanc, Grenache Blanc, [...]

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Olivier Humbrecht of Domaine Zind-Humbrecht at Gordon’s

Date: Wed, Jun 11, 2008

Last night I attended a pleasurable tasting/class at Gordon’s Fine Wine & Culinary Center featuring winemaker/producer Olivier Humbrecht (pronounced oom-bresht) of very well regarded winery Domaine Zind-Humbrecht of Turckheim, Alsace, France. Gordon’s really is one of the neatest places in my area to attend a formal tasting, wine class, or culinary class (no, I don’t [...]

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