TBT . . ¿Dónde está el restaurante? Off to Peru we go.

For this TBT we head to Peru circa 2008. Miraflores to be exact. We were still living in Costa Rica at the time . . . in a very, very small town.  This was part of our Big City South American Adventure.  Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Miraflores and Montevideo. And guess what we learned most about Peru. . .the food!!

Of course that should be no surprise.  Follow us on this food fueled adventure.

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TBT – Mendoza 2008 . . . On Two Wheels

Once again in honor of TBT, we want to take a trip back to what we consider a second homeland for us:  Argentina.  While we did not live in Mendoza but rather in Buenos Aires, it was Mendoza that first piqued our interest in moving to this amazing South American Country.  Step back with us to 2008 on our first day in Mendoza staying in the city proper.  We only stayed there two days before heading off to Chacras de Coria, a small village located just a few km from the city of Mendoza, to stay at Casa Glebinias.  Highly recommended for everyone.  Both the town AND the lodging.

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The Curious Case of Carmenere

The ancient origins of the Carmenere grape are uncertain, and there are several theories about them.  My personal favorite is that what we now call Carmenere was known in ancient Rome as “Biturica,” and praised by such luminaries as Pliny the Elder and Columella.

Of course, evidence for this theory is inconclusive, but when I open a bottle of Carmenere, I like to think that what I’m about to drink bears at least some similarity to the wines enjoyed by Julius Caesar during his campaign in Gaul.

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World’s Drunkest Job: Wine Blogs | Wine Folly

I couldn’t have come up with a better title.  And oh what fun it would be to actually be paid to drink all the wine I do.   But alas I am not.  I guess I will just have to continue drinking it for fun.  And fun I have.

Things are really busy  behind the scenes at Shami’s Gourmet these days.  We are doing our best to add new content to our blog 5 days a week, but sometimes something crosses our desk that makes us go “We must share this”.  So now we share with you . . .the life of some of the world’s drunkest people. .. oops, my bad, wine bloggers!  Cheers.

World’s Drunkest Job: Wine Blogs | Wine Folly.

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TBT: Bologna in August, What is One to Do?

Our adventures this week take us back to one our favorite countries. Italy.  We have been there a few times and each visit brought us to different towns and regions.  This time, in 2007, we explored Assisi, Bologna, Perugia & Torino.  But that was not the whole trip.  This was one of our most adventurous trips to date:  Paris, Grenoble, Annecy, Bologna, Perugia, Assisi, Hvar (Croatia) and ending up in Torino. It was a culinary feast . . . . wherever we ended up with memories to last a lifetime.  Come join us in Bologna!! Continue reading

Wine Wednesday: Zinfandel and Primitivo

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Wine Wednesday.  Our favorite day of the week.  And one of our favorite wines for Wine Wednesday (or any day for that matter) is Zinfandel.  No offense to those that like White Zinfandel. . . but we are talking about red.  A big, robust red wine!!!

In researching California Zinfandel (and its Italian twin cousin, Primitivo), I stumbled upon a great blog simply called ” Zinfandel and Primitivo” by The WineCollective.  I love their tag line:  “If you can’t drink at work, at least you can read about it!”  My sentiments exactly!!

Zinfandel and Primitivo | The WineCollective Blog.

The WineCollective was established in 2009 in Canada whose mission is:

There are thousands of wines available in the Canadian market from around the world on any given day. How do you choose what to try next? We were tired of rolling the dice at the liquor store. WineCollective does all the hard work for you. We try hundreds of wines each and every month, ranging from the weekday pizza wine to the exotic cellar candidate. It may sound like fun to try all that wine (which it is), but it’s serious work. We pick the best wines for our wine club members.

Instead of reinventing the wheel, we thought we would share their extremely informative history of this big and bold wine.

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Cheers and Enjoy!