This hearty, roasted winter squash dish is a great vegetarian entrée or can be served as a side dish for carnivores. (I recommend pairing it with roasted pork shoulder or pork tenderloin…And perhaps a Pinot Noir!) What’s best about this recipe is that it pairs roasted butternut squash–or whatever squash you’re using–with a creamy, comforting […]
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About Annette Tomei
Annette Tomei is a food and beverage educator, writer, and cultural tourism consultant. She has a Master’s of Arts in Gastronomy and extensive education in wine and spirits. If that doesn't impress you, we think her recommendations in her Wine of the Week column will!
NV Sandeman White Port, Oporto, Portugal Founded in 1790, the Sandeman story is a long and fascinating one. It may be the most recognized Porto in the world. The caped silhouette of “The Don” is an iconic image in fortified wines. And while you can learn about that from their website, what I’m happy to […]
The romance and wonder of Italy feel far away right now. Earlier this summer I wrote a series here in Wine of the Week of three other wines from my last visit. This Cecilia Beretta Prosecco Superiore takes me back to a week in the Veneto before the world changed.
2019 Celler 9+ Mèdol Selleció, Cartoixà Vermell, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain Wine of the Week with Annette Tomei Curiosity and the desire for adventure add excitement and spice to life. People who embrace these traits often seem so much more… sexy! Even in this reserved time at home in a more insular world, we can find plenty […]
2017 Rutherford Lane Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California Wine of the Week with Annette Tomei I did a little wine shelf wandering. My theory is, if you’re armed with a bit of knowledge and an adventurous spirit, you’ll be rewarded. Rutherford Lane Cabernet Sauvignon is a great example of my theory. It’s also a […]
2019 McBride Sisters Collection Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand Wine of the Week with Annette Tomei McBride Sisters Collection has a great story. Two real sisters. Andréa and Robin. Two different mothers, same father. Raised on different continents, both in prominent wine regions. They didn’t even know about each other until they were 16 and 25 […]
2019 Barnard Griffin, Rosé of Sangiovese Wine of the Week with Annette Tomei Tasting Barnard Griffin Rosé for the first time is like experiencing an Italian-American love story, of sorts… An Italian visits Washington State, decides she feels very much at home, then thrives in her new surroundings. That’s a version of my own story. […]
2017 Domaine des Gravennes Côtes-du-Rhône, Suze la Rousse, France Wine of the Week with Annette Tomei Côtes-du-Rhône reds remind me of snuggling in front of a fireplace. But, snuggling up with a delicious bottle of red wine doesn’t require being in front of a crackling fireplace. In fact, as I write this in the midst of […]
2018 Vina Robles Albariño, Paso Robles, California Wine of the Week with Annette Tomei You may already be familiar with Paso Robles. Some call it the “wild west of wine”. Maybe that wild reputation frees some local winemakers to experiment with lesser known grapes and unique blends. Or, maybe it’s the land itself. Paso Robles […]