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October 2, 2021 5

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

A Grape by Any Other Name

Actually, a grape by many other names!

Vermentino is a light-colored grape that has been determined to have its literal roots in Liguria, on the Tyrrhenian Sea in the northwest of Italy. Wines produced from Vermentino are most often found in this same region of Italy (also in Tuscany and Sardinia) and in the South of France (especially Côtes de Provence) using the moniker Rolle. I had my first Vermentino in the Cinque Terre (Liguria) back in 1992!

But, as alluded to in my opening sentence, it can be found in many areas of the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe by a slew of other names: Agostenga, Brustiano, Carbes, Carbesso, Favorita, Formentino, Garbesso, Grosse Clarette, Malvasia Grossa, Piccabon, Pigata, Rossese, Sibirkovski, Uva Sapaiola, Valentin, Varresana bianca, and Verlantin.

Italy boasts the highest acreage of... [...]

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

September 3, 2021 0

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Le Pique-Nique

It’s the end of the summer — the warmth of the sun is waning, the leaves on the trees are crisping at their edges, and you want to get in every possible outdoor experience before the winds pick up, the temperatures plunge, and the snow starts flying. Yes, a picnic seems like just the thing... [...]

Off the Via Domitia

Tara Gomez
March 8, 2020 15


By the time Tara Gomez graduated from high school in 1991, she knew she wanted to be a winemaker.  In many ways, she had been preparing for that role her whole life.  But, she probably never imagined she would be making wine for her tribe, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in the American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Santa Barbara, California, or that she would also co-own a nearby winery, Camins 2 Dreams, with her wife Mireia Taribó, a winemaker, that specializes in natural wines. Dreams do... [...]

Wine Snoops

March 14, 2021 0

Save the Date: Sharing Wine and Food at the Table to Benefit The Alex Manfull Memorial Fund

Sharing Wine & Food at the Table Thursday, April 1st 7:00 p.m. (ET)

Zhuzh up your cheese and charcuterie board to pair with Château Barbebelle Cuvée Madeleine Rouge and benefit The Alex Manfull Memorial Fund Supporting Research, Education, and Treatment of PANDAS.

Please join Susan and William “Towny” Manfull, founders of The Alex Manfull Memorial Fund, and David Scott Allen, editor of Cocoa & Lavender, at the Urban Wine Club for a fun and informative webinar about an excellent ... [...]

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