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 [...]

Crios de Susana Balbo Rosé of Malbec 2010

Kimberly Houston | August 1, 2011

This is hands down one of my favorite Rosés.  I had it couple of years ago at a tasting, bought a bottle, then for some reason couldn’t find it again. Which made me very sad.
Then one recent Sunday, I’m ambling around World Market looking for a wine to buy. Since most actual wine stores aren’t [...]

Choosing Wine for Your Wedding: 5 Tips

Kimberly Houston | July 11, 2011

 image by Andrew McMillan
I don’t know how brides do it.
Flowers, cake, invitations, reception hall, ceremony site, dress, choosing bridesmaids, photographers, videographers, transportation, caterer, wine, guests, and more . . .oh my! The number of decisions you have to make for a one-day event is simply staggering. And you want it all to be just perfect.
So [...]

Great Wine for a Hot Saturday Afternoon: Ponga Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Kimberly Houston | June 28, 2011

Now this is a wine I really wish I could find in the market or the wine store!  I’ve had it locally at Circa 1922 and Caffe Phoenix, but never spied it on a store shelf anywhere.
In any case, this a crisp, delicious Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand.  In true New [...]

In the Valleys, Part Two: Napa

Kimberly Houston | June 12, 2011

Image from Mumm Napa website
(This guest post is Part Two of a two-part series by wine lover and PR pro, and my best friend, Ronda Bumgardner. Who I managed to talk into writing a couple of posts on her recent Cali wine tasting trip. Enjoy!)
The second day of my California Wine Country tour was almost [...]

In the Valleys: A First-Timer’s Look at California Wineries

Kimberly Houston | June 8, 2011

(This guest post is Part One of a two-part series by wine lover and PR pro, and my best friend, Ronda Bumgardner. Who I managed to talk into writing a couple of posts on her recent Cali wine tasting trip. Enjoy!)
Part I: Sonoma
I spent a weekend in May visiting wineries in California for the first time.
My plan [...]

From Disappointment to Delight: Corbières Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris 2010

Kimberly Houston | May 1, 2011

Last Saturday I bought a disappointing Rosé. This Saturday I bought one that made my heart – and my palate – sing.   Seriously.
I stopped into The Wine Sampler on Oleander – nice job, by the way! — this was my first visit  since they moved into their new location, and it’s all light and bright [...]

Candor NV Rosé

Kimberly Houston | April 27, 2011

If it’s 80 plus degrees out and it’s Saturday night, I must be buying a bottle of Rosé.
This one came into Temptations last week and was only $11.99 retail, so I knew I wanted to get a bottle and write about it on the blog. And since it was Saturday, it was kind of required.  [...]

Great Rosé to Drink on a Rainy Saturday Night: 2009 Saint André de Figuière “Cuvée Magali” Côtes de Provence Rosé

Kimberly Houston | April 21, 2011

Wow. Terrifically bad weather here last weekend.  I feel bad for my friends in Raleigh who had to endure a few truly scary moments during the tornadoes, which left some pretty awful destruction in their wake.  You’re all in my thoughts.
Meanwhile, while we down here on the coast were white knuckling it, expecting the worst, [...]

The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Awatere Valley, Marlborough

Kimberly Houston | March 23, 2011

I’ve had my eye on this wine for a few weeks, since it came into the wine store where I work.  Since it’s Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand (one of my favorite varieties of wine), and just $11.99, I thought I gotta take a bottle home with me. 
I like that New [...]