Aperitivi

A visit to Italy certainly will entail an introduction to aperitivi: the post-work, pre-dinner cocktail hour that seems fairly mandatory.  Drinks include beer, wine, and cocktails – especially...

Merlot and Omani Spices?

Last night’s dinner was meant to be eaten with an Alsatian-style Pinot Gris.  We were making a fish tagine with an Omani spice mix of coriander, cumin, cardamom, mace, black pepper, red...

Catawba and Tuna

Catawba and Tuna – it just sort of rolls off the tongue, no? I had a hankering for a snack of tuna fillet in garlic and oil, and thought that this Catawba Rose from Indiana’s oldest...

Ancient teeth and… Arak!

I am more than a little obsessed with teeth. Ancient teeth. Part of this is how teeth look when they come out of the ground: the enamel is usually shiny and white – unlike the drab, crumbly...

Hoppy Friday!

After a long night of excellent wines (Thanks Bonny Doon Vineyards and Randall Grahm!), all I crave is a beer.  So, today with my leftover pizza I am trying something new:  Guineu Riner from...