Domaine Henri Maire Tasting at Lavendou Bistro

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a six-course wine dinner hosted by winemaker Jacques Haullar of Domaine Henri Maire, a Boisset Collection wine label. Domaine Henri Maire is in the Jura, a wine region I wasn’t previously familiar with in eastern France between Burgundy and Switzerland. Isn’t it lovely? The dinner was held…

Spinach Feta Pasta Salad

I wasn’t planning on photographing yesterday’s lunch but it was too delicious and I just had to share. I will be making this again and again and again. Full of veggies and crunchy almonds and tossed with a super light lemon zest dressing, this pasta salad won’t weigh you down! This takes minutes to prepare,…

Wine Spotlight: The Count of Buena Vista

This weekend I had a magical happy hour with my dear friend Wendy Darling at my parents’ lake house in east Texas. I took a bottle of Buena Vista Winery wine that I had been saving for a special occasion and Labor Day Weekend by the water seemed like the perfect time to uncork! Photography…

Dinner with The Count of Buena Vista Winery

“Nobody in the $26 billion dollar wine industry does a dinner like this.” –  The Count of Buena Vista I had the pleasure of attending a Buena Vista Winery wine dinner at Farina’s in Grapevine earlier this week. My regular readers may recognize the name; I visited Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma in 2017 (and…

BR Cohn Winery Tour and Tasting

Come for the wine, stay for the oysters BR Cohn Winery is idyllic. Located just minutes from Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, BR Cohn is as known for their French olive grove and olive oil as they are for their wine. Plentiful with roses, storybook cottages, wine barrel tables, and sweeping views of California vines, BR…

Steamed Mussels with Fresh Tomatoes and Parmesan

Breaking news: this is my new favorite dish to make! I know you’re not supposed to play with your food, but mussels play back and I found it positively delightful. All in all this dish took about 15 minutes to make and, while I have no problem paying for quality food, the whole dish cost all…