New Castle of the Pope -- the English translation for Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of Joshua's favorite wines. He is a certified wine sommelier from his restaurateur-ing days. Every time we're out at a wine bar, wine store or fine restaurant the conversation turns to the history of this wine or the special way the grapes are fermented in that one.
He ends of giving servers history lessons that help them sell and people at neighboring tables help deciphering the wine list.
Joshua seems to have journalistic-like instincts for taking a subject that is often overcomplicated and elitist, and making it simple, digestible. With his breakdowns, I, the girl who used to answer what kind of wine I liked with "mostly whites," feel I can hold my own on the topic.
So the idea is kind of "Wines 101." A primer for those who want to enjoy wine and feel like they know what they're ordering -- and a fun read for those already will versed on the subject.
We're also going to write occasionally about food, because the two are really inseparable. Look for a wine of the week, wine terms, restaurant reviews, pairing ideas, and more. Please check it out and let us know what you think.
Find it here: http://newcastleofthepope.blogspot.com/
Oh, and don't worry. This blog won't change -- I'll still be writing about my Alaska adventures here.