Côtes de Rhone

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Be Still, Mon Coeur

When it comes down to it, it isn’t the wine that is getting us through “this,” it’s the sharing of the wine. Whether from 15 feet apart in the back garden, or online via Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype, we still thrive by sharing a glass with friends over a meal, an appetizer, or even a bowl of popcorn. It doesn’t matter how we do it, it matters that we do it: staying connected and staying safe.

Dinners on zoom have become de rigueur in our household. No pandemic is going to stop us from spending quality time with people we love. It took time for some of our friends to get on board, feeling that a virtual experience was just that — virtual. But, in the end, it isn’t. It may be the case for business meetings or even telehealth visits, but when you can sit down and dine with friends something changes.

We dress up. We use nice linens, china, and crystal. For really special occasions, we pull out the sterling silver. It is an event in our generally dull weeks. A reason to create a special meal, open and incredible bottle of wine, and discuss... the food, the wine, the weather, ... and maybe even a little... [...]

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food


I’m not one to join country clubs. And I definitely don’t frequent night clubs. However, when wine is concerned, joining clubs has its benefits, especially when one (me, for example) lives in a bit of a wine desert.

Yes, Arizona has all the national... [...]

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

The Luck of the Draw

I’m a typical Virgo. I am very particular about things - from the color of my socks, to the route I drive to and from work. I would say that I am deliberate, especially when it comes to food and wine. I don’t do potlucks; I don’t believe there should be any “luck” in a meal, or with its accompanying... [...]

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food
Eat Dessert First?

I saw a display of Belleruche rosé at my local upscale grocery store. It was new to me and from a region I trust, thus it caught my attention. I was surprised to see it priced at $8.99, so I picked up a couple of bottles out of sheer curiosity. Only later did I find it at the Big Box wine store for significantly more. And, while it was unfamiliar to me, Susan brought to my attention the full page ad for Belleruche in The Wine Spectator last month; evidently, it is not unknown to [...]
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