Taken at a restaurant in Lexington, VA. Sadly, I forget the name of the place, so I can’t give them props here. I didn’t have any of the wine, but liked the look of their wine rack, and the hostess was happy to let me snap a few photos.  


Bodega Elena de Mendoza is one of the finest red wines I’ve had in a very long time, and for less than $15 a bottle.

Chicken Wellington with Champaign Sauce

I’ve made this recipe a couple of times, and be forewarned: The champaign makes a huge difference. Choose something very dry… any sweetness will cause you some grief and a lot of regret.

I think you could skip that regret if you used Pinot Grigio, perhaps cut the amount in half (and replaced the lost liquid with chicken stock). You could use that same wine when cooking the onions, garlic, and mushrooms. I’ll try that next time.

A jug of wine…

A jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou (and a little butter to spread on the bread in this photo)

What’s Cooking?

Another shot from last weekend, as Claire and I prepared Chuck’s macaroni and cheese.

Wine and snow

Pinot Grigio snow flake surrounds a glass of Pinotage on a field of snow.