Winemakers from VB in Spain visiting all week for events & tastings. Here we are after decadent lunch at Treadwell, Port Dalhousie, Niagara.

VB Is short for Viticultores de Barros. The winery is in Ribera del Guadiana, Extremadura, Spain. Piedad and Maria Angeles handle their exports and work closely with head winemaker Francisco Esteves. We have a whirlwind week ahead. – Posted using

Robinvale Wines Demeter Shiraz 2005: big big biodynamic Shiraz. Methods activate & nurture life.

Very big, full bodied Shiraz. Demeter certified biodynamic wine. This enhanced organic method produces healthy, disease-resistant vines & stunning wines. Enjoying it right now with the Baroness, Ashley, Lisa, Zoltan, Johanna with her goulasch soup. – Posted using

Fresh twist in cookbooks: “Freshalicious” (eat fresh, local, healthy). Refreshingly different guide to cooking.

See . This cookbook by Stacey Focas is a fun, pleasant, visually appealing guide to creating your own local food journey & discovering your own inner chef in the process. I recommend it heartily. $29.95. – Posted using

Vizana Tempranillo 2007: Ribera del Guadiano, Spain. Blockbuster affordable tempranillo crianza…

Minerality, spice, liqueur cherries, blackberries, liquorice with a hint of dark cocoa. Firm tannins, full body, long finish. Did I mention I LIKE this wine? Wow. It matched perfectly with the New York Sirloin at Al Dente this fine Friday eve! – Posted using