Kim Sopko

  1. The Wonderful World of Loire Wines

    A castle and vineyard in the Loire Valley

    As a general rule, the best summer wines hail from growing regions that are cold.  This makes sense, as cooler climates result in grapes that are less ripe, and therefore lighter in body and higher in acidity.  One region that never seems to fail at people-pleasing is the Loire Valley in northwestern France.

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  2. Barbecuing, Premier Style!

    The Best Barbecue Wine Pairings

    Ahh summer! Between the bugs and the heat, it's never been MY favorite season, with one exception: delicious, delicious barbecue! Naturally, beer is a perfect pairing, as well as sangria, margaritas or any lively, fruity cocktail, but did you know there is a plethora of fabulous wines that compliment BBQ dishes as well?

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  3. The OTHER Wines of Piedmont

    Wines from Piedmont, Italy

    High up on the rolling hills, the vineyards of Piedmont in northern Italy are constantly working and producing and striving for greatness. Because of the cooler climate, fuller-flavored heavy reds have a difficult time ripening; however, the sunny days and cool nights lend the perfect atmosphere for growing lighter-bodied, fruit forward reds and whites that ripen evenly with perfect balance and acidity.

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  4. 10 Summertime Sippers

    Summer Sipping Wines

    With the passing of the solstice last weekend, we are now officially into summer, and shifting into warm weather wines- light, crisp and easy- as well as juicy, fruit-forward BBQ and picnic wines. Here's a smattering of great bottles to get your summer cellar (i.e. porch) started:

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  5. 10 Springtime Wine Gems

    10 Springtime Wine Gems

    Yes, okay, it's not totally out of the question that it might snow again (this is Buffalo, after all). But, for the most part, the weather is getting warmer and wetter. In short, it's SPRINGTIME!
    Springtime brings with it lots of sunshine, showers and fresh new flowers and grass, but it also brings a thirst for lighter reds, aromatic whites and crisp roses. Be sure to stock up on some of our favorites:

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  6. A Rose By Any Other Name

    The Best Rose Wines

    Nothing brings a smile to my face faster in the springtime than the rosy hue of aisle 2 as the latest vintage of blush wines begins to trickle into stock. From the pale, almost-orange-y salmon wines from Provence to the vivid, electric pink of the Italian and California bottlings to the deeper magenta of those from Argentina and Spain, every shade on the spectrum is represented, and it follows, naturally, that each brings with it a different and wonderful flavor profile as well.

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  7. Mac 'n' Cheese: Fun Twists on an American Classic

    Mac and Cheese Wine Pairings

    When you cook as much as I do, you're always looking for fun and funky ways to update traditional dishes, and the best part about making mac 'n' cheese is that you can add almost any ingredient to the basic recipe and transform it into something completely new. The question is, what to pair? Below are a few yummy options for sprucing up your basic mac, and tips on selecting wines to serve with them:

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  8. Pinot Pairings

    Pinot Noir Pairings

    The Pinot Noir grape is a very delicate and challenging grape to grow, but so worth it when it is done well! It is one of the most sought after and renowned wines produced in the Burgundy region of France. Pinot Noirs are now grown in cooler climates in many other parts of the world: New Zealand, Australia, Oregon,

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  9. The Rise of Washington Wines

    Washington State Wines

    Wine trends come and go, and every year there are new "hot" regions to check out. One of the biggest up-and-coming wine-growing areas, Washington state, is relatively in our own backyard (i.e. it's not exactly Mendoza or southern France) and is making waves particularly for the kinds of lush, velvety reds that our customers have always loved.

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  10. Legends of the Fall

    Legends of the Fall

    Every year I look forward to fall: pumpkin lattes, falling leaves, sweatshirts and the crisp, clean air. There's just something about autumn in Buffalo that makes you smile. But without question, the absolute best part about this time of year are the warm, home-y harvest dishes. This weekend, I celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving with butternut squash.

    Squash Pastries:

    I started with a package of Pepperidge Farm puff pastry sheets. Of course, if you're feeling ambitious, you can make your own puff pastry, but seriously, these are great and people always THINK they're homemade, so go ahead and take a shortcut.

    For the filling, I blended some Vietnamese chili garlic paste with some butternut squash (for this, you definitely want to take the time to cook down your own squash; the canned stuff- not even close. I like to drizzle some maple syrup across the squash halves as they cook down, for extra flavor) and then topped it with goat cheese mixed with honey. Fill it just as

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