Wine and Walnuts

A blog about eating, drinking, cooking and reading in the not so Deep South

New Favorite Value Bubbly: Ruffino Prosecco

Kimberly Houston | October 24, 2011

I was surprised to find this Ruffino Prosecco in my local Teeter, as I never even knew Ruffino made Prosecco.  Turns out they didn’t, until now.
You’ve probably seen the familiar Ruffino label in most major supermarkets, usually on a bottle of Chianti or similar. But Prosecco?  Who knew?
(Ruffino is an Italian winery founded in Tuscany [...]


Kimberly Houston | September 17, 2011

I visited the place where we last met.
Nothing was changed, the gardens were well-tended,
The fountains sprayed their usual steady jet;
There was no sign that anything had ended
And nothing to instruct me to forget.
(from the poem “Absence,” by Elizabeth Jennings)
So, what the heck does it mean?
Well, I’ve been away from Wine & Walnuts for well over [...]

Cheap and Easy Ways to Learn More About Wine, Part One

Kimberly Houston | April 13, 2011

Someone recently asked me “how I learned so much about wine,” and I got to thinking about the resources I’ve used to teach myself about subject, and some of the best sources of information out there for newcomers to the topic, etc.
In my case, I’m lucky I’ve picked up a lot of from working in [...]

I Heart Mark Bittman

Kimberly Houston | October 27, 2010

Because I’m working on a freelance piece I have due very soon, I’m going to do what I sometimes do when I’m either, A., busy, busy, busy, or B., feeling uninspired (it happens. Today it’s because of the busy thing, though) —  and that’s share some cool food or wine related content from elsewhere.
In today’s New York [...]

Last Rosé of the Summer: Echeverria Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2009, Curico Valley, Chile

Kimberly Houston | September 12, 2010

Echeverria Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2009

Is it really end of summer?  Some say summer ends on Labor Day, but I say no.  (More like, NO!!) I say summer ends on Fall Equinox, which is September 22nd or 23rd, depending on the year. So let’s just go with that.
For me, the first Rosé I drink usually marks beginning [...]

On Waiting for News . . .

Kimberly Houston | August 15, 2010

The title of this pic is “Worried Girl,” and that’s what I am right now, so it seems the appropriate image to use for this post.  I planned to post my review of Catch Restaurant tonight, but some things came up today with my Dad still being in the hospital, and I didn’t manage to get it [...]

Wine Worth the Price: Three French Rosés, Part Three

Kimberly Houston | July 10, 2010

Chateau de Segries Tavel Rosé 2008, oh glorious Tavel Rosé!

I saved the best in our three-part Rosé series for last.  This Rosé is a bit pricier than the previous two, but worth it, and I’ll tell you why.
Tavel is a wine region in France (part of the southern Rhone region across the Rhône River from Châteauneuf-du-Pape [...]

A Trip Through Culinary Heaven: Southern Foodways Alliance

Kimberly Houston | March 28, 2010

Want to plan a culinary road trip through the great American South, in all its quirky and delicious glory? Then go to the Southern Foodways Alliance website and find the Oral History Initiative Interactive Map, and start gittin’ yer ducks in a row.  The SFA map is a cool tool which allows you to plot [...]

Saturday Hilarity: Anthony Bourdain and Ruth Reichl Tweet Mashup

Kimberly Houston | March 13, 2010

If you want to laugh your a** off, check this out.  Seriously, drop what you’re doing, right now, and go here:
This fictional person is a mashup of Ruth Reichl of Gourmet (and many wonderful books) fame, and everybody’s favorite bad boy chef, Anthony Bourdain.
You will laugh.
Just a few choice observations (these are the only [...]

Wednesday Bonanza: New York Times Dining and Wine Section

Kimberly Houston | February 17, 2010

Hello dear readers, who I love enormously.
It’s Wednesday, so it’s time to delve into our favorite newspaper food section, today’s NY Times Dining and Wine section, and see what we can find. Some Wednesdays, there’s not one thing in there that piques my interest, but today’s section was lousy with interesting reads.
First up, a gossipy piece on [...]