Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

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Holiday book recommendations for wine and food lovers

Tweet Each year I like to share book recommendations for wine-related books I’ve read in the past year, for those who like to up the ante on their family and friends’ wine libraries… The book library, of course. Here’s my list and a paragraph about each one for new books in 2014: Mint Juleps with […]

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Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt

Tweet Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt, The Compete History of Presidential Drinking, by Mark Will-Weber, is a well researched and documented history book, the likes of which we’ve yet had revealed. Enlightening, frightening, and really captivating, this book will never be pried out of my stiffly clutched arms. I think I’ll take it with me for […]

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Have you ever thought about Making Your Own Wine at Home?

Tweet Making your own wine is done by a lot of home winemakers. And, if you’ve ever thought about making your own wine, right in the comfort of your home, there’s a great new book on the market. Written by Lori Stahl, and published by Fox Chapel Publishing, Making Your Own Wine at Home is […]

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Pairing Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen with delicious wines

Tweet Pairing Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen recipes with some recently tasted wines was a great education for me. REMINDER from yesterday: Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen, published by Fair Winds and written by Joni Marie Newman, offers fresh ideas and flavor combinations for anyone, as it would for any vegan on the […]

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Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen and great wine pairings

Tweet When Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen arrived, I wondered how limited the audience could be. Yeah… Not even. If people think that being vegan lacks flavor or excitement, think again. Jose and I have really pared down the foods that we do eat, and he’s come to have even more discipline than I […]

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The First Global Village ~ How Portugal Changed the World, by Martin Page

Tweet Image via Wikipedia When a book arrives on one’s doorstep as a gift, it has not only come from the sender, but it’s also arrived from the universe as a token of change and an opportunity for expansive knowledge. This is what The First Global Village by Martin Page became for me. Before it […]

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Wines of South America by Evan Goldstein

Tweet More than Wines of South America being an important body of work, it’s about the author for me. Please don’t misunderstand me. This latest book by Evan Goldstein is just brilliant, but that’s what I’ve come to expect from him; and, that’s why he’s even more important to me than the books he’s producing… […]

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Did you know that the Judgment of Paris had mostly Sonoma County Wine in that “Number One” winner?

Tweet It isn’t often that I turn my blog over to someone else’s writing. This is my “journal,” so if I didn’t experience it, it’s hard to segue into someone else’s news. That said, I do have an introduction, because over the weekend Jose and I attended the Bacigalupi Family‘s 50th Anniversary Celebration and Third […]

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Buy the Right Wine Every Time by Tom Stevenson

Tweet If you want to make sure you Buy the Right Wine Every Time, make sure you buy the right book… Buy the Right Wine Every Time Written by Tom Stevenson, and published by Sterling Publishing, Tom is one of the wine business’s most prolific authors. Tom Stevenson is a British author who’s been writing […]

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Chef John Ash wins a James Beard Award

Tweet Jose and I had moved from Maine to California, so he could and would become KSRO’s program director.  When we moved to Sonoma County, Jose found several icons at the station, and one was Chef John Ash. One of the first people at the station I got to meet was Chef John. He was […]