Every year, I put on my favorite apron and embark on a few days of baking for all sorts of end-of-year holidays. It takes a lot of planning, time, and oven coordination, but it seems to fill a lot of people with joy. Like most of 2020, this year, … [Read more...] about Make Wine the Dessert
The lack of 2020 Oktoberfest celebrations is going to be tough for me this year. With a large German component to my heritage, I have to admit that I've come to love Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the U.S. The annual biergartens, the meat-based … [Read more...] about Bring Oktoberfest Home… with Wine, Too!
For many U.S. wine making regions, September marks a more "official" beginning of the grape harvest. It's true that in Southern states and in parts of the West Coast, harvest may begin earlier: in August or even during a portion of July. I suppose … [Read more...] about The Wine Harvest is Upon Us
Nostalgia. The dictionary defines 'nostalgia' as "sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations." It recently occurred to me that I grow nostalgic for the summer in the month of August. It's the … [Read more...] about Summer Nostalgia in August
Surprisingly, the signing of the Declaration of Independence is linked to a wine that was used to toast the event. The Oxford Companion of Wine, edited by British wine critic, Jancis Robinson, states that this wine is "probably the world's most … [Read more...] about A Wine Tied to the 4th of July Holiday