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Monthly Archives: December 2009

2009 A Busy Year for Wine Trail Traveler

2009 has been a busy year with all of the ups and downs of any typical year. In 2009 Wine Trail Traveler visited 150 wineries discovering new wine regions in Texas, California, Wisconsin and Kentucky as well as returning to previously visited areas to visit other undiscovered wineries. Along the way, we met many wonderful […]

Dessert Recipe Made with Champagne – Great idea for New Year’s

I haven’t discovered many recipes that use champagne as an ingredient. However, if you are planning a New Year’s party check out this recipe. The recipe, Ginger and Peach Tart calls for 2/3 cup of Champagne so you can enjoy the rest of the bottle with your friends. You can find the recipe at http://winetrailtraveler.com/recipes/dessert23.php […]

Chambourcin Ages Well

I am somewhat reluctant taking a hybrid grape wine to a family gathering. When the majority of wine drinkers drink Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Malbec and a Chianti introducing an east coast Chambourcin was a gamble. However, I had a 1997 Chambourcin by Naylor Wine Cellars called Seductivo that I was curious about drinking with […]

Ringing in the New Year with Champagne or Sparkling Wine?

How are you ringing in the New Year? Are you planning on celebrating with a delightful glass of Champagne or perhaps a sparkling wine and hopes for a brighter 2010? According to the EU, only wine from the Champagne may be labeled “Champagne.” Some wineries have been grandfathered in and thus able to use “Champagne.” Visitors […]

Tipsy Pancake Recipe with Fruit and Liquor

Are you looking for an unusual recipe for Christmas morning breakfast or brunch? Chateau Chantal in Michigan provided this recipe to add to the Wine Trail Traveler online recipes. Tipsy Fruit Pancakes can be made with four cups of fresh peaches or fresh cherries. The recipe also calls for 2 Cups Chateau Chantal Pear Brandy […]

Snowstorm, Party and Mulled Wine

We spent Thursday and Friday wondering if relatives and friends would make be able to make it to a special family event this past weekend. We called family to tell them of the impending snowstorm. One family’s members in Massachusetts were able to leave early Friday night and made it safely to our home at […]

Easy Holiday Recipe: Port Pecan Halves

Here is a recipe that may be the perfect  holiday solution to a pickup snack for when guests arrive. Only three ingredients are needed: port, pecans and sugar. Port Pecan Halves may be also be a perfect gift to give a friend or neighbor. Craft stores like Michaels and Jo-Ann’s have holiday gift containers that […]

Regusci Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Recently while visiting family and friends out of state, we had the opportunity to enjoy a wine from Napa Valley. Our host chose a wine from Regusci Winery. This was a 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Angelo’s Vineyard. The sommelier commented that this wine was in limited production. Only 794 cases were produced. I usually enjoy a […]

Good News for Champagne Lovers

For those who enjoy Champagne, there is good news. In addition to the light effervescent taste of Champagne, according to an article in the Telegraph online newspaper, “Champagne is as Good for the Heart as Cocoa – But More Fun, Scientists Find,” there may also be health benefits. At Reading University in England, Dr. Jeremy […]

Let the Holiday Parties Begin!

Yesterday we had a delightful Christmas and Holiday celebration with family and friends. It was great seeing and talking to family and friends we haven’t seen in ages. The ages ranged from an almost one year old to our grand dame of 92. She is now a great great grandmother! There were numerous goodies to […]

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