Wines of the Week: Wonderful Red Wines for Winter

Your favorite cashmere sweater. A cozy fleece blanket. A steaming hot bowl of savory Boeuf Bourguignon. These are definitely a few of my favorite Winter things and you know what makes them ALL even BETTER? A nice, BIG glass of RED WINE!

In my opinion Red Wine is the PERFECT Winter accessory and today’s episode of “Wines of the Week” features some of my favorites that are guaranteed to keep you warm and toasty during the chilliest time of year.


4 Wonderful Red Wines for Winter – 2 STEALS & 2 SPLURGES:
(Please watch full episode below for detailed tasting notes & MORE helpful advice)

1.) Leese-Fitch Firehouse Red, California, 2015 ($12)

2.) Alta Vista Premium Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2012 ($18)

3.) Xavier Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France, 2010 ($40)

4.) Lucia Soberanes Vineyard Syrah, Sta. Lucia Highlands, California, 2012 ($50)


Wine Atelier Podcast: Red Wine 101:

Quick Coq au Vin Recipe:

Our visit to Pisoni Vineyards in Sta. Lucia Highlands, California:

For ALL the details on this week’s Wonderful Winter Red Wines, please watch the Facebook LIVE video above. To view previous episodes of “Wines of the Week” on Facebook LIVE, please click here. And if YOU have any favorite red wines you’re looking forward to enjoying this Winter – I’d LOVE to hear about them – Please let me know in the Comments section below.


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A #ThrowbackThursday Lunch at Le Jules Verne – Paris

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday post is one of my FAVORITES! Not only because of the delicious and beautfuly presented food but also because of the unique circumstances.

You see, this photo was taken during the first trip Steve and I took to Paris. We were so looking forward to it but, unfortunately, I had developed a stress fracture in my femur ten days before our trip (I’ve got LOTS of orthopedic issues). The day this photo was taken, I’d been walking the streets of Paris all morning on crutches and needless to say, I was exhausted! So when we sat down for lunch at the luxurious Le Jules Verne Restaurant in the Eiffel Tower and this gorgeous dish was placed in front of me, I seriously felt like I had died and gone to heaven!

The lobster dish was so breathtakingly beautiful – I almost couldn’t bring myself to eat it. Then, I remembered how much it cost – the restaurant is helmed by legendary French Chef Alain Ducasse after all – and I quickly devoured it. And while the meal was a definite SPLURGE, it was worth every penny that day!

The dish also paired beautifully with a lovely Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, a medium-bodied white blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier from France’s Rhone Valley. While we normally think of Châteauneuf-du-Pape as a red wine, there are also delightful white versions which make a dreamy pairing with richer seafood such as scallops, shrimp and lobster.

Please check back next week for even more nostalgic #ThrowbackThursday deliciousness. Also, if you happen to be traveling to Paris anytime soon and are looking for a glamorous foodie experience, I highly recommend Le Jules Verne which is located on the second tier of the Eiffel Tower. It’s the perfect showcase for Chef Alain Ducasse’s cuisine and the view of Paris is truly spectacular – just be sure to hold on tight during the precarious elevator ride!

Bon Appétit,

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