This fun article from Michelle Williams of the RockinRed Blog (who is providing wine suggestions for my recent “Winds of War” and “Mysterious Tales” blog series) captures the essence of what her blog is and why we love it. Great wine, great food, celebrations with an appreciation of history, and terrific music! I also admit I love Julia Child’s original “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” book, and I’ve been slowly trying my hand at some of its terrific recipes. With Bastille Day coming up in a few days, it’s definitely a good time to find a great bottle of wine and enjoy the summer.


July is one of my favorite months of the year. As an American July begins with the celebration of our nations Independence; friends, family, food, wine, music and fireworks! A couple of weeks after the 4th of July comes Bastille Day, a day the French recognize as the beginning of their French Revolution, which I feel is necessary to support with good French food and wine. When David of Cooking Chat and founder of Wine Pairing Weekend approached me about hosting this month’s chat I needed to decline because I have already over committed this summer but I immediately thought of what a great month of celebrations July holds so I agreed and our theme was born. I challenged my fellow Wine Pairing Weekend participants to come up with wine and food pairings there are all American, all French, or a combination of American and French; I chose an…

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