Tag Archives: French wine

Any excuse for a #hashtagholiday

On January 9, 2000, my now-husband Cy and I had our first date.  Little did we know that 15 years later, January 9 would also be claimed as National Cassoulet Day – presumably gaining a little more attention than we … Continue reading

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Cookbook author wine talk with Domenica Marchetti

When I mentioned Domenica Marchetti’s new book Preserving Italy to my mother, she told me things I’d never heard before.  About how her father had preserved eggplant in olive oil and bottled his own tomato sauce.  And how they’d eaten … Continue reading

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Cookbook author wine talk with Dorie Greenspan

When I decided to start interviewing cookbook authors about wine, I thought back on the last 20 years’ worth of cooking and baking books in my collection.  I’m hard-pressed to find someone who has given me more fun in the … Continue reading

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If you’re name-calling, it’s Mr. Snob, thank you

My wine blogger friend Jon Thorsen has written a book. I’ll be reviewing Reverse Wine Snob: How to Buy and Drink Great Wine without Breaking the Bank in a couple of weeks. Spoiler alert, I enjoyed it. But the book … Continue reading

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Trick yourself into drinking less wine?

In Tuesday’s Washington Post, reporter Nancy Szokan recounted some weight-loss tips she found in Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life, a new book by Brian Wansink. Unfortunately for First Vine, drinking less wine is part of it. … Continue reading

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Let us give thanks for rosés this November 28th

Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings family and friends together.  Everyone tries to put differences aside and think of the things for which he or she is grateful and bask in good company. Those differences don’t have to be political … Continue reading

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Sure the new American cuisine is great. But when am I gonna see some of that for lunch?

A quick post this week, and more about food than wine.  I’m in the middle of reading a French study on amounts of pesticides and fungicides in French wine, and I’ll be writing about it in the next month.  But … Continue reading

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Late with a new post, like the 2013 harvest

Sorry for the sparse blogging this past month.  I could give you the usual excuses — vacations, holidays, end-of-summer mental confusion, etc.  Instead, I’m going to say that the hiatus was in solidarity with our wine producers in the Southern … Continue reading

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Fig Cake for Early Fall

We are lucky here in the mid-Atlantic area to have an abundance of backyard fig trees with figs that are ripening up about now.  As you probably know they all come at one time, so if you’re anything like us, you’re … Continue reading

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A case where “higher-quality” wine isn’t necessarily better wine

In my last post, I promised I’d write about the AOC wines from the Languedoc, which I tasted in April as part of a group invited by the wine producers of the region.   While I enjoyed many of them, and … Continue reading

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