We all have the same question when we’re sitting down at an Italian restaurant for homemade tagliatelle and mozzarella di bufala: Will I get chased out the door by a mustachioed Sicilian wielding a hefty salami if I order anything but Chianti? Read this article for the exciting conclusion to this cliff-hanging question!

WineTable writer Keith Hoffman recently sat down with Steve Peck, one of the winemakers at one of the most well-known Paso Robles vineyards, J. Lohr. Read his interview with Steve.

Girls Night, In or Out
By: Johanna Puelston
Posted: Jun. 05, 2013

Life isn’t always a bowl of cherries. Motherhood, full-time jobs, marriages and life in general can wear a girl out! Johanna Puelston loves scheduling regular girls’ nights with her favorite girlfriends; sometimes they go out and sometimes they stay in, but either way, they have a blast. Get her essential tips for your own girl time.

A Lemon Cake and Wine Pairing
By: Whitney Khan
Posted: Jun. 04, 2013

Eating this cake is like eating sunshine. So bright, tangy and airy. We’ve got wine pairings too, obviously, so you’re going to want to clear some time in your schedule to make and enjoy this cake and wine pairing.

Grape of the Week: Torrontes
By: Jeff S Cameron
Posted: Jun. 03, 2013

Torrontes is a very confusing grape. There are more than five different varieties of the grape that are grown in Spain, Argentina, Portugal that are referred to as Torrontes. 

Last month I finally went to Paso Robles, a place that had been on my wine spit bucket list for years. The good folks at the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance made a number of great suggestions regarding wineries to visit, some of which I knew of already, and some I had never heard of. Caliza Winery was in the latter group, and I’m very happy I went for a visit. 

You can describe a wine’s aroma any way you darn well please. Wine is so complex that whatever scent you pick out probably exists. People have smelled everything from honeysuckle to gasoline fumes in a glass of wine. In fact, the more wild and original your descriptors, the better. That said, here are some things you might want to say, if you know what you’re talking about (or just want to look like you do.) 

There’s something about the kid in us that loves grilled cheese. It’s one of those meals that just always takes hold of our culinary imaginations, no matter how grown-up and sophisticated we like to think we’ve become. 

Grape of the Week: Trebbiano
By: Jeff S Cameron
Posted: May. 27, 2013

: Introducing the most famous white grape you’ve probably never heard of. This is a workhorse grape among grapes, often providing balance to softer wines, rarely taking the spotlight on its own. Our grape of the week this week: Trebbiano.

Croatian wines are quickly gaining a following in the United States. Since the mid 1990s, the culture of wine production has significantly branched out from thousands of small vineyards run by families as hobbies (which still exist) to include private wine estates producing wine on a larger scale that appeal to wine drinkers in the U.S. and beyond. 

Building a family winery business in a town otherwise known for industry, winning international acclaim and building a local community presence--that is Balistreri Vineyards. 

Merlot wine is made from Merlot grapes, which are large, thick-skinned and very versatile. While the Merlot grape itself makes great single varietals when used alone, it is a favorite grape for blending as well and can add a softness, depth, and complexity to other grapes. The most popular blending choice is Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Introducing our new partner in food and wine adventures, EmmaleeElizabethDesign. Check out our recipe and wine pairings in upcoming weeks and one really awesome wine bottle cake.

There is far too much to be thinking about on a first date. From deciding what you’re wearing to sounding smart to avoiding those chair legs that inevitably jump out at you, you just have no margin for error when it comes to discussing, choosing and drinking the wine. Amber Adrian comes to your rescue with a few key do’s and don’t’s.

If you thought Spanish white wine was boring, time to rethink. NYT wine critic Eric Asimov says albariño is on average a crowd pleaser, and at best, something really special.

Grape of the Week: Alvarinho
By: Jeff S Cameron
Posted: May. 20, 2013

Alvarinho is a robust and fertile grape that ripens fairly early and produces in quantity.  Its thick green skins protect the grape from heat and humidity, though its presence, along with large pips or seeds can cause bitterness in the final product if not carefully screened.  It produces well, but often needs to be trellised to support the vines and to allow for better ripening.

From a geographically unique part of California's Paso Robles region, we scored an interview with Daniel Daou, high-tech exec turned philosophical and precise winemaker. Check out his candid answers to questions about the winemaking profession.

Women & Wine: Stephanie McIntyre
By: Robin Salls
Posted: May. 16, 2013

From childhood foodie to world wine explorer to becoming a part of the vibrant Marlborough wine community, meet Stephanie McIntyre of New Zealand’s Cloudy Bay Wines.

It’s not Shiraz. It’s not Syrah. It’s not even Petite Syrah. But Petite Sirah is definitely a wine worth trying. Get the skinny on this wine…or should we say, the petite skinny?

Prosser Vintners’ Village
By: Doniree Walker
Posted: May. 15, 2013

The best thing about wine tasting is discovering new favorite wines and getting to know innovative and quality winemakers. At Vintners’ Village in Prosser, Wash., that can happen in short order by visiting 11 tasting rooms—all within walking distance of each other.

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