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This Year’s Rosé Selection

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, France

Bieler Pere et Fils Rosé ‘Sabine’ is a delicious dry rosé from Provence, now in its 9th strong vintage—and by far our top-selling rosé every season! Winemaker Charles Bieler, whose family is renowned for its former ownership of Chateau Routas, launched Bieler Pere et Fils in homage to his father Philippe and named this wine for his daughter Sabine. This rich, deeply colored rosé from 5 hillside vineyards of Coteaux d’Aix en Provence is Syrah-driven (55%) blended with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Grenache, 3% Cinsault and 2% Rolle. This is a great wine to usher in the spring, combining the rich flavors of a red wine with the refreshing qualities of a white. It’s a true wine gem!

IMG_1760Bieler Pere et Fils Rosé is soft cranberry-red in color with a gorgeous nose of raspberry, bing cherry, wild strawberry and spicy minerality. It is beautifully crisp and flavorful on the palate with medium body and notes of red berries, bing cherries, spice and no oak. The finish is long and refreshing.

Enjoy Bieler Pere et Fils Rosé now and over the next 2-3 years as the perfect patio aperitif wine. It matches up beautifully with salade Nicoise, roast chicken, grilled shrimp and mild cheeses.

A Wala!

Why stay at a Bed and Breakfast?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Recently one of our guests posted a review that we think defines the reasons a traveler should consider a bed and breakfast as an alternative to a hotel – especially here in Richmond, VA.

Suitcase packed and ready to go! Here's why you should stay at Richmond's premier bed and breakfast!

The reviewer is  a traveler who normally prefers to stay at bed and breakfasts, but the comments may pique the interest of a usual hotel guest and entice him/her to give a bed and breakfast a try. After traveling for 20 years and experiencing a wide variety of  lodging options, this reviewer has developed a practiced and critical eye to judge those features and those amenities that mean the most. Richmond’s own premier bed and breakfast in the historic Fan District seems to have hit the target!

Let’s take a look at her bed and breakfast experience in her own words.


Six Burner Restaurant Review & Our Guests Agree

Friday, July 29th, 2011

A great restaurant never rests on its laurels. Six Burner was good several years ago when we had our first meal there, but they have since built on their experience to elevate themselves to a great restaurant. An original menu paired with a comfortable and elegant space and professional and personable service makes Six Burner one of Richmond’s best eateries.

Ever since Six Burner announced last year that they have become the only restaurant in the area certified by the Department of Health to cook using the sous vide method, we had been itching to try it out. Utilized by some of the best chefs in the country, the sous vide method uses a combination of precise temperature and vacuum sealing to prepare meats and fishes. We paid a visit to this Fan mainstay recently to check out this new technique and see what else chef Philip Denny has up his sleeve nowadays.


The Outer Banks (OBX)

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

We spent the last two weeks in the outer banks of N. Carolina, so while here I thought I would share our dining experiences.  Because OBX is really about casual, we very seldom visit the 2 or 3 upscale restaurants, we have eaten in the past at Aqua S in Southern Shores in Duck, Prime Only in Nags Head and the Sanderling in Duck. However, after plunking down between $2000 and $4000 a week most folks are looking for casual dining with a slightly lower price, well much lower!

Our ist of places we have eaten is long, however, I will keep the list to our current visit.  We usually eat diner in because we always stay in a friens house at the 20-mile marker and usually have copious amounts of wine, need I say more?  This trip we have eaten at:

Blue Moon Beach Grill Located at mile post 13 in Surf Side Plaza on the beach road.

We have eaten diner at Blue Moon ever since they opened about 3-years ago, over the winter that expanded the restaurant.  This visit was for lunch, there were 4 of us, the girls shared a Spinach & Arugula Salad and split the beach burger and fries.  The guys each had the sour of the day, which was crab and blue cheese chowder and one of us had the shrimp “not a burger” and the shrimp  po’ boy. The shrimp “not a burger” a zesty sandwich comes with blackened shrimp, fried green tomato & sharp provolone.  Served on toasted ciabatta bread with arugula, basil aioli and a balsamic reduction and erved with fries. Excellent. (more…)

Charm and Elegance at Richmond B&B

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Recently, Judith Reitman of the travel news, information and resources blog/website where to go next stayed with us during her visit to Richmond and gave us a glowing review.    (more…)