Archive for the ‘Food & Wine’ Category


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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… […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]