Archive for the ‘Food & Wine’ Category

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

Tweet 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 […]

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

Tweet 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 […]

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

Tweet 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. […]

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Melting Pot Cooking: Joyce Goldstein and Petite Sirah

Tweet Renowned chef and cookbook author Joyce Goldstein excitedly applauds the new food craze of “melting pot cooking” and her experiments with Petite Sirah. “Petite is a niche variety perfectly matched for this cuisine,” stated Goldstein at the Tenth Annual Petite Sirah Symposium. Concannon Vineyard, the first winery in the world to varietally label Petite […]

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Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® returns on February 20, 2015

Tweet About the ® in Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah®… It’s the Ninth Annual! ←   This image to the left,  is NOT a PS I LOVE YOU event. ←  This one is a case of registration infringement. ←  If other entities didn’t decide that Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah ® events would be way cool […]

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“The Bounty of the County” known to Sonoma

Tweet Since arriving in Sonoma County, I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve heard or read, “The Bounty of the County.” It’s just way too many times to even calculate; it’s a lifestyle, not a slogan. This Sonoma County lifestyle is not just about wine, either. Although grape growing is a primary industry, […]

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Salads with wine pairings? Seriously?

Tweet You might ask, salads with wine pairings? Seriously? Yes, I’m here to tell you that it not only works, but it works really well. When I was working at a winery in the Sierras, we had a chef that worked there every day. It was he who turned me on to the fact that […]

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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 ‘Res Ipsa Loquitor’ mutual admiration society circumlocution

Tweet What goes round and round and round again? The ‘Res Ipsa Loquitor‘ mutual admiration society… [pronounced rayz ip-sah loh-quit-her (the thing speaks for itself)] On Sunday, August 17, PS I Love You and Kent Rosenblum (below, from Rock Wall Wine Company) hosted our annual volunteer and Groupies picnic. The following is a thank you […]