By: Cecily Gamba Happy Wine Wednesday, everyone! It’s that time of the week again for the next stop on our educational adventure through all things Rhône. This week’s topic: GSM blends. The world of blending wine is a truly beautiful thing. The process allows winemakers to balance out less desirable characteristics of single varietal wines, thus giving them more control of the resulting flavor profile. Many different varietals contribute wonderful qualities to wines, and when
We are hoping this post finds you and your families safe and secure. We are in the midst of another fire season here in Northern California. You may have seen some of the intense and horrifying photographs and videos on the news. Our hearts are breaking for our friends and neighbors that are being affected by the fires. The City of Sonoma and Sonoma Valley are not on fire. Sonoma County is a very large territory and the fires are still about an hour away from downtown Sonoma.
As the seasons change, we here at the girl & the fig like to rotate our menu items so that we are serving the most fresh, in season ingredients. Take a look at what has recently been added to our menu!
By: Cecily Gamba Happy Wine Wednesday, everyone! It’s that time of week again for the next stop on our educational adventure through all things Rhône. This week’s topic: Vacqueyras AOC. Vacqueyras is a wine AOC (Appellation d’origine contrôlée - a system for defining French products by the region they come from) in the southern Rhône. The wines coming from this region are primary reds, that, when treated correctly, can stand up to wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas. A
The weather is cool and the days are short. It’s the season for warm sweaters, bright autumn colors, and delicious comfort food. Fall brings a bounty of fresh ingredients, perfect for all kinds of autumn dishes. One of the first that comes to mind? Soup! Cozy up with one of our favorite seasonal delights: Butternut Squash Soup. A wonderful thing about this recipe is it’s versatility: experiment with different squash varieties, or try out different garnishing options. Make thi
By: Cecily Gamba It’s Wine Wednesday, and this week we are going to dive into a term that many of us have heard, but may not fully understand. You may have heard the term “malolactic fermentation” thrown around here and there, but what exactly is this process? What does it do? When does it occur during the wine making timeline? We are here to debunk! You know that creamy texture in red wines, and some white wines? That buttery taste, or that oily feeling on your mid palate? T