Archive for the ‘Food & Wine’ Category

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Turning wine into vinegar, almost

“Why would anyone be turning wine into vinegar?” you might ask. Sonoma Portworks has the answer and the goods to prove it… And, they’re mighty delicious, so now I know why. Perhaps you will too, someday. Besides producing completely delicious port-style wines, Sonoma Portworks in Petaluma also produces some really delicious flavors for you to […]

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Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® 2015, as the dust settles

These wine barrel hoops are very symbolic for this year’s Dark & Delicious event, as I know I jumped through all of them. Did I come out unscathed? Good question. Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® 2015, as the dust settles, I continue to think about how multifaceted and a bit challenging this year’s event was… […]

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Food safety guidelines for wine and food events, the rigors

I was told, by one of our food partners, at Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah, The Alameda County Environmental Health Department is the most stringent, for compliance regulations being met in the entire US, as an example of letter-of-the-law compliant. That’s the bad news. The good news is that any event, which anyone goes to […]

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From the “Get a Clue” department on Bad PR form

Get a clue, PR people…You’re giving all of us a really bad name, when you do something like the following story, but before I go there… I once read how this one writer hates PR reps. I didn’t get “why,” because PR people try to bring joy to writers, so they have a good story. […]

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Once you’ve gone European… Kenwood Restaurant meets the standards

If you’ve traveled abroad, you know that a restaurant table is yours for the taking. Nothing is rushed; and if you are, it’s because the restaurant wants you to leave. Check out the film “A Good Year…” From the movie notes: London-based Investment expert Max Skinner (Crowe) moves to Provence to sell a small vineyard […]

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2015 Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® updates of wine & food

2015 Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® returns on February 20, 2015 at Rock Wall once again More details will be following about Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah ® 2015. For now, the following wineries have committed to joining us all again for our next event:   Artezin Wines Fulcrum Wines * Ridge Winery Ballentine Vineyards […]

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Holiday book recommendations for wine and food lovers

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 Teddy […]

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Acorn Winery ~ 25 years in the making and worth the celebration

Acorn Winery  & Alegría Vineyard When Acorn Winery was just a twinkle in Bill Nachbaur‘s eye, I was there to see the glow. At that time, Bill and Betsy Nachbaur only owned Alegría Vineyards, and Bill was getting itchy to see what his grapes would taste like, if he were involved in the winemaking process. […]

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Customer service PR lessons; the good, bad, and the ugly ~ Part 2

Today’s part of this two part story is about the good…. Culinary customer service at its worst… Yesterday’s blog post was about customer service at its best. RECAP Jose and I recently went to the Asheville, North Carolina, area to visit my daughter Katie, son-in-law Ray, and our two grandsons; Jonathan (14 years old) and Nate […]

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Customer service PR lessons; the good, bad, and the ugly ~ Part 1

Today’s part of this two part story is about the good…. Culinary customer service at its best… Who thought when I’d visit my kids I’d end up with a customer service story. Proving… you can take the wine PR person out of wine country, but you can’t take the PR out of the wine person. And […]