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grapefriend: wine + pop culture

I was a magazine entertainment editor and a producer at MTV until I got hooked on the grape. So I’ve spent a lot of time formally studying wine (I have a pretty fancy certification in both Viticulture & Vinification and Blind Tasting from the American Sommelier Association), but I’ve spent much more time reading US Weekly and watching Bravo. And even more just drinking and having a good time.

So here, you’ll have as much fun finding out about wine as you do when you’re drinking it. (I’ve also regularly written about wine for Marie Claire and Cosmo.) Grab a glass, read, comment, laugh and – most importantly – drink along!

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  1. I know nothing about wine, and I love your blog–very informative and readable. I like Prosecco–can you recommend a good one? Also how about a good bubbly rose?
    Thanks so much. sophia

    • Hi Sophia! Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco di Valdobbiadene (Valdobbiadene is the best region for Prosecco) is about $15, and I also see Zardetto everywhere. I usually buy Prosecco as a cheaper alternative to Champagne and don’t spend much on it (and you don’t really have to). As for a bubbly rose, Moet isn’t my favorite Champagne but I do really like their rose!

  2. You are like my mental doppelganger. I mean, I am a twin, so I already have a doppelganger (who would love this site) but seriously. If I were me, but had the idea to write this blog, I would be you.

  3. Great blog, glad I found you! I live in the Gaillac region of SW France – quite well known for it’s wine here in France. Worth checking out if you are ever on a French wine tasting tour!

    • Not a blush – too sweet. I’d use a fruity white like Pinot Gris if you want white sangria, or a light fruity red like Beaujolais (or even a heavier Spanish rosado) for red sangria. Enjoy!

  4. What a great site! I’ve read several posts, and I look forward to coming back and pouring over the posts here. Thank you very much for your like of my post on my little blog Oenophilogical regarding a Cabernet Franc I recently met. Here’s to grape drinking and grape blogging.

  5. I swear I have never liked the combination of wine and pop-culture, being an old-fashioned European, but you do that really well! Thank you for inspiration and sharing!

  6. Thanks for stopping by our blog today for a view. Love to read about (and of course drink) wine. My nephew just passed Level @ Sommelier, so very exciting to experience his learning through tastings with him. Take care, and I’ll be back for a refill soon! LOL!

  7. Thanks for checking out my blog and introducing me to yours! As a grape groupie myself, I absolutely love your posts. In case you want to experiment with Tempernillo varieties, a surprisingly good and inexpensive one to try is Venta Morales (orange label with gray looks like barbed wire). Look forward to following along!

  8. Glad you like my odd post. Red for me, most of the time. But a nice chilled white on one of those hot summer afternoons. With shrimp and garlic.
    Most of all, I want a sippy cup, and know lots of people who would love one. Thanks for posting it.
    I am now following you. :-)

  9. I have enjoyed painting images of beautiful wine bottles and labels, but am not knowledegable about what wines are good. Thank you for the ‘like,’ your blog will be helpful!

  10. Great site you have here, lots of good info! Thanks for visiting my site and liking my post! Would be great to know what wine you’d recommend for spicy foods.

  11. Hi there! Thank you for visiting my blog, I’m glad you enjoyed my post ‘Champagne it is Then’ and I can see why after visiting your blog! Loved those Californian wines when I lived there on the Central Coast and of course French wine isn’t too shabby either!

  12. I’m just getting started with my blog, thanks so much for the like! I’m suddenly embarrassed that you had to read about me referring to all whites as ‘chardonnay,’ I failed to mention in that post that I have since matured in my drinking and understanding of wine :) I look forward to your space here!

  13. I have just found my new bgf….best grapefriend! awesome blog….you had me at wine and bravo! looking forward to all your drinking and dishing! thanks for visiting me at lovelaughterandlipgloss~cheers, sara!

  14. Thanks for visiting my blog. I very much enjoyed yours. Living in the wine country for the past 22 years has been a joy. Hoping to try a new challenge bt moving to the desert. So finding your blog will keep me close to a subject I sooooooo enjoy.

  15. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I’m thrilled to have discovered you as a result, because anyone who writes so engagingly about my beloved Sonoma is a definite friend!
    Cheers,
    Lorrie

  16. Thanks for stopping by our new blog. Always good to find more wine lovers out there. We also love mixing things with wine that most people don’t think go together, wine and pop culture, fruit wine, you get the idea. Laudations! (I abhor cheers, but I need something)

  17. I am coming back to get some ideas for some meals I will be cooking. Our sommelier in culinary school was pretty great! I got a recommendation from her for my wedding drink. We ended up ordering Cava (not sure the brand now) but it was the best.

  18. Thanks for visiting my work at theillustratedwine.wordpress.com

    You’re a girl after my own heart: solid booze chops AND junk escapism — I guiltily do ‘Us’, ‘People’, and the ‘Housewives’ franchise (except for ‘Mob Wives’ — I loved them but the relentless threats of violence raised my cortisol levels to in-traffic levels so I had to stop watching).

    Cheers!
    Zelda Sydney

  19. Thanks for liking my post on my second date with my kids…an absolute fail. I should get on my grape, too and catch up on the Bravo…I think I’m a week behind! Yikes!

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