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Country Wines On The Rise

Vin de Pays d’Oc is a classification of wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France’s western Mediterranean Coast. With more than 700,000 acres of vineyard land, it is thought to be the largest wine-producing area in the world. For many years this region produced mostly ordinary, unremarkable wines. However in the 1980s a dramatic improvement… Read more »

Just Go Local!

If you are the kind of person who values buying local food, perhaps you should also consider buying local wine. One of the most commonly repeated mantras in food and wine pairing is, “What grows together, goes together”. During my long career in the restaurant business, I grew interested in the slow food movement that… Read more »

Open The Book To Great Recipes

This weekend Tucson celebrates our love for literature at the annual Festival of Books. One of the many features of this festival is cooking demonstration from Maynards Market & Kitchen’s Executive Chef Brian Smith. Teaming with Arizona Highways’ editor Kelly Vaughn, Chef Brian unveils the Maynards recipes highlighted in the Arizona’s Best Recipes cookbook. Make… Read more »

Spain In A Wine Glass

Rioja has been considered Spain’s preeminent wine region for more than a century. There are more than 123,000 acres of vineyards on both sides of the Ebro River, in the remote interior of northern Spain. Rioja is often referred to as Spain’s Bordeaux. Wines have been aged in oak barrels since the 1700s. In the… Read more »

It’s Getting Hot In Here

Climate change is a topic which it seems is already affecting all of us, with 2016 going down as the hottest year since recording weather began in 1880. Wine makers in California are trying to find ways to adapt to the changes in weather. Droughts have been an issue for years, and warmer nights are… Read more »

Wine and Cinema…a beautiful friendship

Happy New Year to all my blog readers! I thought I’d talk about Wine in Cinema this month. There are a lot of fun movies that either have wine as the backdrop to a story or make it the focus of the film. Year of the Comet (1992) A romantic comedy adventure film about the… Read more »

The Royal Mondavis

The Mondavis were like wine royalty in one of the world’s great wine making regions, the Napa Valley of California. In 1923 Cesare Mondavi moved his family to Lodi California and started a fruit wholesaling business. They became prominent in the Italian American community as hard working honest people. At that time sweet, fortified wines… Read more »

Maynards Market & Kitchen Barrio Bruschetta

Maynards Market and Kitchen Chef Brian Smith continues to delight the palette with his team’s inspired dishes, one new favorite is the Barrio Bruschetta. Enjoy this treat with a bottle of AZ Red, Maynards private label red wine, available at Maynards Market. To make this dish you will have to complete three simple recipes and… Read more »

The Evolution of Inglenook Wines

The history of the property in Napa Valley, California, now owned by Francis Ford Coppola, dates back to 1871 when William C. Watson bought a seventy-eight acre farm west of Rutherford. He named the farm Inglenook, a Scottish expression meaning “cozy corner”, and planted the property’s first grapes. In 1879, Gustave Niebaum bought the farm… Read more »

Cult Wines – Bordeaux & California

Cult wines are those that are collected by individuals for their personal enjoyment or as an investment. They are often allocated, which means the producer will sell all that is made upon release, to predetermined businesses or individuals. In many cases, these wines will need to be cellared for some time before they reach their… Read more »