One of my favorite recipes from my Grandma Betty is this homemade hot fudge sauce. It’s delicious when poured over vanilla ice cream and topped with Spanish peanuts. It was one of the best part of Sunday suppers at Grandma’s house.
I also love looking at this recipe card that was handwritten by grandma. Her passion for education and science is evident even when she’s in the kitchen… she wrote out the molecular formula for table sugar!
Give this recipe a try next time you have a family gathering or when you need a sweet treat (the fudge sauce reheats nicely).
Posted by jillianbeard on July 21, 2013
Today is National Wine Day!
Gather your glasses, corkscrews and friends and have your own wine tasting party! Grab a few bottles of the varietals from the list below starting with mild and work your way up to dessert wines to taste the differences in mouth feel OR try tasting the same varietals from different regions to taste the differences in vinification.
Mild (Riesling, Gruner Veltliner, Sauvignon Blanc)
- Higher Acid, Lower Alcohol, Low/No Tannin, Perceived Sweet
- Light, Crisp Mouth Feel
Medium (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir)
- Medium Acid, Medium to High Alcohol, Low/Med Tannin, Drier
- Medium Mouth Feel
Strong (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec)
- Lower Acid, Higher Alcohol, High Tannin, Dry
- Full Mouth Feel
Dessert (Tokaji, Port)
- Styles Vary
- Full Mouth Feel
Click on the image to enlarge and view the aroma wheel (might be helpful to print out for your party). Check out my previous posts for additional wine tips including how to blind taste wine, tips on wines from Sonoma County and Champagne and Sparkling Wine
Posted by jillianbeard on May 25, 2013
I’ve shared tips on how to decipher wine labels from various regions like Chile, France, New Zealand and the United States. This week, let’s talk Spain!
Spain (Classified as Old World)
Spain’s premier red wine region is Rioja and was the first region in Spain to be christened as Denominación de Origen Calificada—in 1991. Tempranillo is the main grape of Rioja. Here’s a link to an interactive map to Spain’s wine growing regions.
Wine Regulation (systems of defining and regulating wine growing regions and practices)
- DOC or DOCa – Denominacion de Origen Calificada (highest classification)
- DO – Denominacion de Orgien
- Vino de Mesa (lowest classification)
DO wines have additional regulations for aging:
Joven: No Cask aging (replaced Sin Crianza)
Crianza: Red = 2 years of age, 6 months in oak
White = 1 year of age, 6 months in oak
Reserva: Red= 3 years of age, 1 in oak
White = 2 years of age, 6 months in oak
Gran Reserva: Red= 5 years of age, two in oak
White= 4 years of age, 6 months in oak
Aging Terms for Non-DO wines:
- Noble – 12 Months
- Anejo – 24 Months
- Viejo – 36 Months
Although I’ve spent time studying Spanish wines, I admit that when I’m shopping for wine, I rarely pick up a bottle from Spain. Do you have a recommendation?
Posted by jillianbeard on April 24, 2013