If you’re looking for summer in a bottle, I’ve got some quality Rosés for you. There are three countries represented in this lineup, as well as a variety of different grapes to sample. Two are from France’s Provence region---at the moment, the world's most famous area for Rosé production. Another option in the mix is a “volcano” wine grown on the slopes of Mt. Etna in Sicily. The last one is from California’s Anderson Valley in the northern wine region. These are all serious Rosés. All are about $20 and are superbly crafted wines.
Friday, June 25, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021
Summer is just around the corner. My childhood memories of summer meant family trips to a nearby park---which just happened to be the first county park in all of California. Mooney’s Grove, an enduring park dotted with grand old oaks, historic buildings and a lagoon with boats, always meant terrific fun with my brother and sister in what seemed like the world’s best spot for “hide-and-seek.” But, it also meant mother’s deviled eggs (and an old-fashioned freezer of her homemade vanilla ice cream.)
To this day, deviled eggs remain one of my favorite comfort foods. I have them for lunch as a special treat, and on occasion serve them as an appetizer topped with shrimp, smoked salmon or even simply pickled red onions and chives. I always make more than I need for the purpose of leftovers, however, there is rarely one left. Seems everyone loves deviled eggs.
The inspiration for this recipe came from having three avocado trees, and my love for a little spice. Replacing mayonnaise with the avocados & a little Greek yogurt also made make this version more healthy.
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled
1 Tablespoon Greek yogurt
1 Tablespoon Sriracha
1 small avocado
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt & pepper
Chopped chives, green onions or cilantro
Dash of smoked paprika
Cut cooked eggs in half and remove yolks. Mix yolks with all ingredients except chopped herbs. Fill cooked whites with yolk mixture. Top with freshly chopped herbs & finished with smoked paprika.
Friday, June 11, 2021
Salt was a valuable commodity in ancient and medieval times as people depended upon salt to preserve food. Historical evidence shows that salt mining was carried out even in the Neolithic age. If you’re looking for a fascinating read during the pandemic, look no further than Mark Kurlansky’s book, Salt: a World History. Who would have ever thought such a common item as today’s table salt could have influenced the establishment of historical trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, and even inspired revolutions?
A Mallorcan Michelin star chef is now selling premium sea salt with the island's wild herbs
Even today in the poorest countries of Africa, salt is still largely regarded as a currency for trade. Undeniably, the history of salt has left an indelible mark on cultures around the globe. Come with Wine-Knows to Mallorca island September 24-October 1st to see a fascinating millenniums-old method for producing sea salt.
Friday, June 4, 2021
In the past twenty years Granada and Seville have catapulted their way onto the list of the most beloved cities of Europe, garnering top awards from both Travel & Leisure and Conde Naste. In addition to stunning Moorish palaces, spectacular cathedrals featuring a mix of Gothic and Arabesque architecture, and seductive medieval quarters reminiscent of a northern African casbah, both Granada and Seville also have much to offer the wine lover. Their wines are on the rise and are worthy of far greater attention then they have received.
Granada and Seville's dry wines, typically out-shadowed by the Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines of the north, have stepped up on their quality spectrum. These two southern cities belong to the Andalusian wine region. Robert Parker gave his first 90-something point score to an Andalusian dry red wine in 2006, and the awards have kept coming. Prices are real bargains considering their caliber.
Below is a list of four red wines from Andalusia that are especially noteworthy. If you're coming to Granada and Seville with Wine-Knows this October why not order a few bottles online to get you in the mood for what to expect? If you have not signed up, we still have two spots available!
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