Easy autumn wild rice soup

One of the most undeniably lovely things about fall setting in and the weather getting colder is the deliciousness of tucking into a warm bowl of soup for supper. There’s just something about soup in October that tastes different than soup in July, not to mention the simple fact that few are going to beContinue reading “Easy autumn wild rice soup”

Wine for your weekend – The $5 bottle

We spent my birthday last weekend at the beautiful Villa Bellezza winery tasting a wide selection of their current offerings, enjoying a meal on the piazza, and selecting a few wines to bring home for the wine rack. We currently have a pretty good collection of Villa Bellezza bottles on the rack. Our “nice wine”Continue reading “Wine for your weekend – The $5 bottle”

Wine for your weekend – A little Chianti

Three summers ago, Josh and I went to a wine tasting dinner down a winding back alley in Rome. It was one of those magical evenings you happen into by accident, where complete strangers become friends, and you wonder how the whole world can still be whirring by outside while you’ve caught lightning in aContinue reading “Wine for your weekend – A little Chianti”

Wine for your weekend: Christmas in “July” edition

This weekend, my friends will gather for our third annual Christmas in July celebration. For those of your keeping track, yes I know it’s August, and no I didn’t forget to publish this post a month ago. Instead, this year, our friends whose turn it is to host bought a house and had to packContinue reading “Wine for your weekend: Christmas in “July” edition”

Wine for your weekend: When life hands you “lemony” wine

A few weeks ago when we visited Villa Bellezza, we picked up two bottles of wine for the specific purpose of serving them with a specific meal. The Cotes Du Pepin 2017, winner of double gold at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, is a bright and acidic white wine with an undeniable burst of lemon onContinue reading “Wine for your weekend: When life hands you “lemony” wine”

Wine for your weekend: Shiraz edition

We like to play wine games with our friends! Almost two years ago, the six of us got together for the first “Somm Night” a regular tradition in which blind taste various wines attempting to discern if we can pick out anything from the tasting notes that actually allows us to identify what the wines are.Continue reading “Wine for your weekend: Shiraz edition”

A practical guide to wine glasses

There are three main cabinets of dishes in our kitchen. The main one above the dishwasher holds our daily use plates and bowls, coffee cups, water glasses, and a collection of stemless wine glasses that we use as daily use juice glasses. A small one of the other side of the counter holds our “specialContinue reading “A practical guide to wine glasses”

What the FODMAP?, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Recently, I was browsing the grocery store picking up a few things for supper, when I came across a new item on the shelf “butter chicken curry simmer sauce.” Nobody loves a curry as much as my husband, and though I’ll gladly make one from scratch, every now and then it’s nice to have anContinue reading “What the FODMAP?, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

The meal I simply can’t forget (and how you can try and duplicate it)

I want you to close your eyes. Ok…read the next paragraph first, then close your eyes and imagine! I want you to think about the greatest meal you’ve ever eaten. Maybe it was a holiday. Maybe it was a home cooked creation worthy of a five-star restaurant. Maybe it was on vacation. Maybe it’s yourContinue reading “The meal I simply can’t forget (and how you can try and duplicate it)”

What’s on the wine rack?

Ink. has been around for 39 weeks, and that means 39 wine for your weekend recommendations and a whole lot of cheers. This has, ultimately led to two common questions being asked. First, have I really tried all the wines I’ve recommended? And two, which ones am I really drinking all the time. The firstContinue reading “What’s on the wine rack?”