Le Pianore's White Vegetable Lasagna

Le Pianore's White Vegetable Lasagna

A white vegetable lasagna, straight from the hills of Montecucco, Tuscany. Make it at home or, better yet, head to Le Pianore for many delicious meals including this lasagna!

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Bernie's Bread, With Love From South Africa’s Waterford Estate Winery

Bernie's Bread, With Love From South Africa’s Waterford Estate Winery

There’s nothing quite like the aroma of home-baked bread to get your appetite going. Straight from Waterford Estate Winery in Stellenbosch, South Africa, comes this easy-to-make, scrumptious bread!

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Thursday's Thrill: Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé Makes Its US Debut

Read all the fun stories behind Beaujolais nouveau in my article on Grape Collective: “GEORGES DUBOEUF AND THE STORY BEHIND THE WORLD'S BIGGEST WINE PARTY, BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU DAY”


  The artwork on the label is from an original, abstract oil painting called “Foolish Pleasure” by Chloe Meyer, winner of Duboeuf’s Artist Label Competition.

The artwork on the label is from an original, abstract oil painting called “Foolish Pleasure” by Chloe Meyer, winner of Duboeuf’s Artist Label Competition.

Why wait until Friday to kick off your fabulous weekend, especially when it’s the third Thursday of November? Today is Beaujolais Nouveau Day!! So get your Gamay Grape on and have fun celebrating the new wine of the 2018 harvest.

This year, Les Vins Georges Duboeuf releases its first ever nouveau rosé in the United States. The wine is a beautiful, rose-petal pink color and has vibrant aromas of strawberry and peach, along with citrusy notes of grapefruit and lemon. This dry, mouth-watering rosé offers plenty of fresh fruit flavors with a refreshing, lingering finish. Serve as an aperitif, or with a wide range of food: salads, cheeses, seafood, even the Thanksgiving turkey!

  Beautiful Beaujolais, home of the Gamay grape.

Beautiful Beaujolais, home of the Gamay grape.

Does South African Wine Have An Image Problem?

South African Andre Shearer was a teetotaling, vegetarian male model who knew nothing about wine when he stumbled into the business with his brother Gary back in 1992. Today their company, Cape Classics, is the largest importer of South African wine in the United States.

Andre and I sat down to chat about this amazing journey and his continuing frustration from the lack of consumer interest in South African wine. He says that most of the time, “When people walk into a wine shop they are not looking for South Africa. If you hand sell them some, they’ll come back next week and say, ‘That wine was amazing,’ but if you don’t, they’ll look for Burgundy, Australia, New Zealand, Oregon, Portugal and so on. South Africa just doesn’t quite make it.” But as a tireless promoter of the many excellent South African wines, Andre believes that the future is looking bright.

Read the full interview with many entertaining stories of life in the wine importing business on Grape Collective.

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  The beautiful landscape of the South African winelands with its magnificent mountain ranges.

The beautiful landscape of the South African winelands with its magnificent mountain ranges.

Winemaker Interview: Rupert Symington Of Symington Family Estates On Port Wine

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Portugal's Duoro Valley, famous for its Port wine, is a unique mountainside region with spectacular terraced vineyards carved into steep hillsides. The Symington Family, a renowned Port and red table wine producer with brands such as Dow's, Cockburn's, Graham's, and Warre's, can trace its history back 14 generations. Over the years, the company has acquired many of the finest quintas (estates) in the heart of the Duoro Valley where the combination of climate, soils, and grape varieties produce distinctive wines of great concentration.

Rupert Symington co-owner of Symington Family Estates in Duoro, Portugal, stopped by for a chat during a recent visit to New York City. Laden with some pretty awesome wine, Rupert shared his love of Port and his thoughts on keeping Port relevant in a crowded marketplace. 

To read the full interview, please visit Grape Collective. Thank you!
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