Wine for your Weekend: Que Syrah Syrah!

For the first time in a very long while, I’m not calling this week’s recommendations quarantWINEs because Minnesota has eased our stay at home restrictions to “stay safe” restrictions. And with that easing of the rules, we met with a few friends out on our patio Memorial Day weekend to celebrate the unofficial start ofContinue reading “Wine for your Weekend: Que Syrah Syrah!”

Wine for your Weekend: QuarantWINE #5

Well wine lovers, the calendar rolled over to May this weekend and our stay at home order in Minnesota was also subsequently extended through May 18th, so it doesn’t look like those mid-spring cookouts with friends are going to be firing up just yet. That being said, on days that the weather is nice, JoshContinue reading “Wine for your Weekend: QuarantWINE #5”

Wine for your weekend: QuarantWINE reading

Did you know? Pandemic dreams are a thing! National Geographic totally checked it out! I’m a vivid dreamer anyway, so the first days of the pandemic crisis, I was not sleeping well at all. Fortunately, as this “new normal” has stretched on for weeks, I’ve become a bit more settled, and can sleep through theContinue reading “Wine for your weekend: QuarantWINE reading”

Wine for your Weekend: QuarantWINE #4

Wine is a decent gift to give while living in shelter-in-place. You can still get to the store and buy it. It’s easy to wipe down the bottle and make sure it’s safe to gift. And it’s small enough to inconspicuously leave on someone’s front porch so as to adhere to social distancing practices. Plus,Continue reading “Wine for your Weekend: QuarantWINE #4”

Wine for your Weekend: QuarantWINE #3

In the last week, as cases of COVID-19 in the United States have continued to sky rocket, much of the news has turned to the domestic response to the pandemic. But as the shift in focus has moved closer to home, I continue to watch what happens in Europe, particularly in Italy, with heartbreak. JoshContinue reading “Wine for your Weekend: QuarantWINE #3”

Wine for your Weekend: QuarantWINE(s) #2

Shout out to my sister-in-law who text messaged me this week for wine recommendations before she sent my brother-in-law to the liquor store to stock up before the shelter in place order went into effect! They are sheltering the right way! This week in Minnesota, like many places in the world, things escalated in theContinue reading “Wine for your Weekend: QuarantWINE(s) #2”

Wine for your weekend: QuarantWINE #1

Well that escalated quickly! Last weekend, we changed our travel plans after the show we were traveling to see was cancelled, but at the time it seemed a general inconvenience and out of (if you remember the phrase everyone was using just seven days ago!) an abundance of caution. I can’t be the only oneContinue reading “Wine for your weekend: QuarantWINE #1”

Wine for your weekend: Tasting reds

Back in January, I wrote a two parts series on blind tasting whites. You can check out part 1 and 2 here and here. This week and next I’ll be talking about tasting reds, starting with three classic wines: Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir. As a reminder, classic wines typify a style or region,Continue reading “Wine for your weekend: Tasting reds”

Wine for your Weekend – A Tale of Two Pinot Noirs

Last week, a wine loving friend sent us a text letting us know that Sam’s Club was running a clearance sale on wine with many bottles marked down 50%. As it was dress rehearsal week for the play I was directing, I could not immediately rush off to the liquor store, but I did manageContinue reading “Wine for your Weekend – A Tale of Two Pinot Noirs”

Wine for your Weekend: Valentine’s Day edition

Happy Valentine’s Day! The year that Josh and I met, Valentine’s Day was on a Friday. As we were dating long distance at the time, this was very fortuitous as it was the only way that we probably would have planned to go out. I drove to Rochester; Josh made dinner reservations. We ended upContinue reading “Wine for your Weekend: Valentine’s Day edition”