Wine and Walnuts

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

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

Kimberly Houston | April 17, 2011

Earlier this week I wrote about 5 cheap and easy ways to learn more about wine via online resources.  Today’s post is about 4 other great, but more labor-intensive, ways. These are by far the best ways to learn, because it involves actually experiencing wine, and who doesn’t want to do that?
Because no matter how [...]

Wilmington Wine Tastings: Bottega Art and Wine

Kimberly Houston | December 26, 2010

I don’t why I’ve never written about downtown Wilmington’s Bottega Art and Wine’s wine tastings on the blog. Truth is, I’ve been to Bottega many times, but never specifically for the wine tastings.
Which they do on Wednesday evenings from 7-10 p.m., by the way. And like most wine tastings in town, it’s free.
The atmosphere is [...]

Food and Wine Pairing: Wine and Chocolate

Kimberly Houston | November 18, 2010


[picappgallerysingle id="291255"]OK, it’s the holidays and it’s likely you’re going to be consuming a lot of dessert-type items in the coming weeks. So I thought I’d revisit some wine and chocolate pairing advice I wrote about a few months ago . . .
When I was researching wine and chocolate pairing back in February for a [...]

Trade Tastings: The Sequel

Kimberly Houston | March 20, 2010


[picappgallerysingle id="234857"]At the end of my last post on trade tastings, I mentioned I’d talk about wines I could’ve only tasted in that setting, and what it means.
What it boils down to for me is, there are wines that fit into my budget (but let’s be honest, I often shop a little above my price [...]

Trade Tastings: Wine Lover’s Fantasy, or Too Much of a Good Thing?

Kimberly Houston | March 17, 2010


[picappgallerysingle id="2732771"]I went to a trade tasting a few weeks ago, something I’ve done just once or twice before, and let me tell you, it was overwhelming.
Sure, at first it seems like Christmas and your birthday all rolled into one, albeit with more adult-appropriate gifts:  there are 400 + wines to try (I am not [...]