Archive for the ‘Food & Wine’ Category

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Robert Biale Vineyards, Chef Chris Cosentino, and James Beard, can I get a big YUM?

Napa Valley’s Robert Biale Vineyards is joining forces with renowned chef Chris Cosentino of San Francisco’s Cockscomb, at the James Beard Foundation’s Beard House in New York City. Small aside: I’ve been watching Robert Biale Vineyards since September 2004. It’s a great cult winery. The day they became members of PS I Love You, I […]

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Commitment to quality is always rewarded, as Vintner Ron Rubin recently learned

An Extraordinary Man Is Recognized: The Republic of Tea’s Ron Rubin has been named to Specialty Food Association Hall of Fame… As his wine publicist, I was part of the first line of learning, then part of the distribution, and also provided some insights for copy about his continued commitment of excellence through his Rubin […]

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Beyond Bordeaux – Season 1 – A Travel Series with Host Patrick Cappiello

I’m really pleased that I was asked to consider giving publicity to a new travels series called Beyond Bordeaux. The LCBO Broadcast Production Group‘s series takes us beyond the obvious… the wines. When I had time to review the episodes, I was hooked. Culture, baby. If you want to know a wine region, learn the […]

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Thanksgiving Wines ~ Oooo la la, from France and beyond

You’ve heard the saying, “my cup runneth over,” right? Well, this is my Thanksgiving, so I’m sharing the bounty in any way that I can. Life has delivered all of this over the last month or so. The basket and its wine has arrived from Wine of The Month Club. Its contents will be going […]

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Wine and Cheese Pairing 101

[Image of Bill and Gerry Brinton, with Laura Martinez, on the right.] A few years ago, I took a cheese class in the home of Bill and Gerry Brinton. Since the holidays are upon us, here’s that primer by Laura Martinez of The Artisan Palate. Each cheese had a unique style, and offered something companionable […]

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Get Your Gris On – Think Appetizers

On November 14 and 15, 2015, Oak Knoll Winery is again getting its Gris on. Long standing proponent of Oregon Pinot Gris, Oak Knoll Winery has historically supported this variety. And, it has good reason to do so… Pinot Gris is the state’s largest wine grape crop. Many would love to have Chardonnay catch up […]

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With wine, how much does matter

Once upon a time, in a tasting room, not so far away, I was telling some visitors about wine having health benefits. They thought that was pretty cool. They bought some wine (for their health), and left to visit more wineries. As soon as they left, my tasting room manger came flying around the corner […]

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Portugal has a very abundant food and wine legacy

If you’re not familiar, Portuguese historical adventures have created an abundant food and wine legacy, for which they are most proud… while being very humble about it as the same time. During the past 3,000 years, Portugal experienced an ebb and flow of different civilizations invading their country. From Iberian to Tartessian, Celtic, Phoenician and […]

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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… […]