About Me

“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.”    ― Paulo Coelho

Welcome to Cheap Wine & Good Food. This is a space where I share home recipes, and great wine deals. I also try out new recipes from time to time, as well. The recipes are for everyone – friends and family – and many are based on family recipes or a modern twist on a classic. I have a great passion for food: cooking it, eating it, and sharing it. Most of the food reflects the Italian piece of my heritage, as well as Spanish and Central American influences from my husband’s family. In addition, we live in the Tidewater area, so definitely access to fresh seafood and great vegetables is an influence, as well. I grew up working in restaurants, and my mother’s family is grounded in pastry and baking.

The wine list originated with a spreadsheet that I made during grad school – where I shared good finds with my partners in grad school crime. With so many options for wine, it can be overwhelming, and intimidating to know what to buy. Price does not always correlate with quality.

In the end, this page is my bid of creativity and wanting to share good things with the world. It would not be possible without the support of my friends, family, and wine partners in crime.

Food origins: The restaurant business and my family.

Wine origins: Accidentally stealing a sip when I was 7, having wine on special occasions as a teenager, and a deep and abiding passion for red wine. It’s a lifetime commitment.

Likes: Sangiovese, Garnacha, Malbec, and Syrah.

Dislikes: German sweet wines, White Zin, Blush

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About Me

I am a currently an educator and home cook/baker.