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Sidewalk café, glass of vino – That's the life, Siri!

My wonderful daughter Siri spent 2 weeks in Italy with her dad, and saw the Christo installation, “The Floating Piers,” in the Lake District. Sidewalk café, glass of vino – That’s the life, Siri – la dolce vita!

Hi, my friends – Welcome back to Drink Wine With Dinner®!

Can you believe that the 2016 is half over? It seems like just a few weeks ago that we were watching New Year’s Eve fireworks – now we’re about to enjoy another round on the Fourth of July.

Before we turn the (virtual) calendar page, though, let’s check out some of the fun and flavors we’ve enjoyed together in June.

During our Pinot Noir Shootout preliminary judgings, we take very detailed notes for each of 24 wines, and give them numerical scores.

During our Pinot Noir Shootout preliminary judgings, we take very detailed notes for each of 24 wines, and give them numerical scores.

We’ve had a bit of everything, in keeping with our “Theme Days” – from wine judgings to new recipes; restaurant recaps to various National Food (and Drink) Holidays.

And we’re featuring an extra-special post by my daughter Siri about her two weeks in Italy (top pic).

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Siri and I are just getting started. We'll stack our plates (different colors have different values) for the server to tally when we're done.

For National Sushi Day, Siri and I are enjoying a “sushi boat” dinner at Isobune. Grab the plates you want from the moving boats (top of pic), and feast!

We also celebrated National Seafood Month with posts about National Sushi Day and World Oceans Day.

What about libations? Among other things, we kept our Thirsty Thursday “not-always-wine” streak going on International Cachaça Day.

It was a great excuse to honor Brazil’s tasty national cocktail – the Caipirinha – just in time for the Summer Olympics.

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We taste all the wines blind – each one only has a code number.

Lunchtime at a Pinot Noir Shootout judging. We taste all the wines “blind” – each one only has a code number.

"Italian Flag Pasta – an impromptu recipe I cobbled together for a friend's visit from sausage, spinach and tomato...

Italian Flag Pasta – a recipe I put together for a friend’s visit, with sausage, spinach and tomato…

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We celebrated National Cheese Day with a look at some of our local sheep, goat and cow cheeses.

We celebrated National Cheese Day with a look at some of our tasty local sheep, goat and cow cheeses.

National Lobster Day, with ginger "matchsticks," sautéed in plenty of olive oil and butter.

National Lobster Day, with ginger “matchsticks,” sautéed in olive oil and butter, splashed with lemon juice.

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Sustainable, US-farmed  coho salmon!

Gorgeous hunk of coho salmon. US-farmed, so it’s sustainable, too!

I’ll check back in with you tomorrow, with a preview of what’s “on the menu” for you as we kick off the second half of the year.

Meanwhile, I hope you’ve enjoyed this look back at June.

And don’t forget, we’re counting down to Drink Wine With Dinner® Day on August 15, to honor Julia Child’s birthday. (Julia would be 104 this year).

Lots of big plans on the horizon – and I look forward to sharing all of them with you!!!

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Until next time, my friends –
Cheers and happy tastings,
Rosina

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Cheers once again,
Rosina