Kris Chislett

Shellfish Paella with Fregola Paired with La Cala Sella and Mosca Vermentino di Sargegna 2008

This recipe was a nightmare! Don’t get me wrong, the taste was near perfection and I would challenge any chef to rival it. But as far as cost and preparation time goes? Nightmare! Any recipe with 21 ingredients is a recipe for a pain in the arse! Ok now that I have that off my chest, on to the pairing… I’ve been craving good Paella for a while now. I say that because good Paella…

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Corton-Charlemagne

According to local legend, the great French white Burgundy, Corton-Charlemagne, owes its existence, not to the emperor Charlemagne, but to his wife. The red wines of Corton stained his white beard so messily that she persuaded him to plant vines that would produce white wines. Charlemagne ordered white grapes to be planted. Thus: Corton-Charlemagne!

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Llopart Brut Rose Cava–Not Your Average Cava!

Grapes 60% Monastrell, 20% Garnacha and 20% Pinot Noir Facts Have you ever tried a good Cava? I’ll answer for you: No, you have probably  never tasted a decent Cava. Most of the Cava that is readily available from most grocery stores is generic-tasting "fizz". Perfect for mixing with Mimosas, nothing special on its own. Cava doesn’t exactly have the best reputation in the wine world, kind of similar to Asti (Nasti Asti as we…

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Getting to Know Me – A Soiree Wine Aerator Giveaway

I’d like everyone to welcome a new sponsor! Soirée is a perfect accessory for any wine bottle and is a proud new sponsor of this website! It fits securely into any wine bottle allowing you to pour, without dripping directly through the Soirée. By pouring through a Soirée, it infuses the wine with oxygen and then cascades into your glass, therefore the subtleties and character of the wine become more noticeable. Since the Soiree has…

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Grilled Steak Tacos With Avocado Salsa Paired With Grilos Portuguese Red Blend 2008

I was in a taco mood yesterday! We all get taco cravings, and if you don’t you’re either a  liar or we’ll just simply never be friends. These particular Grilled Steak Taco’s with Avocado Salsa use flank steak (otherwise known as the “butchers cut”), one of my favorite cuts of meat,. However you have to cook it just right, anything more than medium-rare and it’s going to end up super-tough and you’ll be chewing for…

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The Wine Bottle Plant Nanny

Ok, so the name is bloody awful, but I have to admit I actually quite like the gimmick! Recycling wine bottles always seems to draw the line at sticking a candle in that awful bottle of straw-basket Chianti, and pretending you’re eating in a small ristorante in the heart of Florence. Well not anymore, boys and girls! Depending on how much you want to impress your house guests, you of course want to make sure…

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The Great Twitter Wine Exchange–Part 1 of 2: Caparone Sangiovese

I’m going to say we are the first to ever do this through Twitter! One of the people I have been randomly talking to through Twitter is Kevin Widmer, who goes by the obscure Twitter name of @billybuttock. The rules of our wine exchange were simple: you send me a bottle, I’ll send you a bottle. The only stipulation was that the wine had to be under $20 retail. Below is the wine I chose…

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Santa Ema Carmenere Barrel Select

Grape Carménère [Car-men-yehr] Facts Vine clippings of Cabernet and Merlot were taken to South America in the 1800’s, in order to plant new vineyards and avoid the grape vine plague Phylloxera [Fill-lock-seh-rah] which was hitting Europe and almost wiped out their  vineyards. What they didn’t know was that Carménère had accidentally been mixed in amongst the cuttings. It wasn’t until as late as 1994 when a French ampelographer (identifies and classifies grapevines for a living)…

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Announcing Our 1st Sponsor – Underwood Jewelers

It gives me great pleasure to announce the 1st official sponsor of this website! Underwood Jewelers was founded in 1928 by industry legend Herbert F. Underwood. The jewelry store started as a diamond and watch store in Palatka, Florida, just prior to The Great Depression. I only ever used William Yeoward wine glasses for my reviews and if you have not experienced true quality wine glasses before, you need to check out the selection at…

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How to Order Wine in a Restaurant Without Looking Like an Idiot!

No one likes to look and feel like an idiot when choosing a wine in a nice restaurant, and so I have put together a just few tips to help you avoid embarrassment the next time you are faced with picking out a bottle. 1. Plan ahead. In this crazy technological age we are living in, a great number of restaurants are posting their wine lists on the web. Maybe it’s worth giving a restaurant’s…

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