I'm glad you found your way to The Wine Ship! I am a Denver-based Sommelier with a passion for discovery and teaching through experiences. My blog captures wines I'm loving, virtual experiences, travel inspiration, food pairing guidance, and information on clean, sustainably-made products.
~ Montana Rae
Enjoy a fresh lineup up patio-friendly wines perfect for summer 2020. We begin with a Sparkling Blanc de Blancs called Jean-Louis from French producer, Charles de Fere. Next, a slightly fizzy Vinho Verde from Broadbent Selections. The third wine is the ultimate chameleon crowd-pleasing white, Secateurs Chenin Blanc. We finish with a chilled red wine called Los Conejos Malditos. This is a certified organic old-vine Tempranillo from Spain!
Pair the lineup with easy-to-make recipes including: shrimp and avocado ceviche, brined and grilled chicken, zucchini with fresh herbs, and classic Manchego cheese. Follow along for a virtual tasting with Certified Sommelier, Montana Rae from her patio in Denver!
The incomparable Jean-Charles Boisset shares with me his unique approach to fatherhood, his love for Franco-American culture, and our mutual belief that wine is truly a catalyst for connection and love.
The more I learn about wine and winemaking, the better a fan I become of Maysara Winery in McMinnville, Oregon. For this interview, I am joined by Naseem, one of the three Momtazi sisters who run the winery alongside their father, and guest services guru, Dominic. Together we take a deep dive into the unique terroir of this part of the Willamette Valley and I learn more than ever about the magic of biodynamic grape growing and winemaking.
Memorial Day weekend is always one of my favorite times of year! It's the kick-off to everything fun, and keeping our social distance doesn't mean we don't enjoy. For the weekend, I selected Broadbent Vinho Verde from Portugal and Secateurs Chenin Blanc from South Africa. Take a peek at the live video tasting I did with the amazing Jo Barrett of Broadbent, the importer that brings us these lovely wines. Read on for recipe pairings and tasting notes!
Sunny days call for fresh, delicious cocktails on the patio! This time of year, we should all be flocking to the patio or bar with friends to enjoy drinks together. Instead, our favorite restaurants are closed due to the spread of COVID-19. As I daydreamed about my favorite dining experiences, I began thinking about the types of cocktails I like best.
We are all adapting to life in this digital world, but we still want to do fun, interactive things with friends and family!Since we can't go out for a great tasting, why not bring one home?
Welcome to your step-by-step guide to hosting a curated wine and cheese experience that you can share with family and friends all over the country.
View the complete guide to creating this experience here!
Fine dining at home is now a thing! Once a foodie, always a foodie, right?
The team at Restaurant Olivia took the at-home wine dinner experience to the next level with their amazing Master Sommelier Smackdown last week. Three courses, six wines, a cocktail and an amuse bouche. Best of all, the proceeds went to Feeding Colorado Heroes and Food Bank of The Rockies. Doing good while eating good, how gangster is that?
Join Montana for a look at the history of Pellegrini Family Wines from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma, California and a taste of the 2015 Olivet Lane Chardonnay.
Spring is my favorite time of year. The ground thaws, the time changes, and seedlings remind me to be resilient. Here in Colorado, the warmer days are so welcome after the long, cold winter. When we’re lucky, it’s 75 and perfectly sunny during the day. At dusk, temperatures drop and we cover bare arms with cozy sweaters. When we need to be reminded we live in the Rockies; heavy, wet spring snow wrecks our tulips and sends us back indoors.
It’s the ideal time of year to pour Malbec. The sunny weather is like a hype song for the grill. The blanket wrapped patio dinners are the calling of these bold, fruity reds. When it snows, the wines feel like a cozy fire to curl up next to.
Montana Rae Neiley