Archive for the ‘Wine’ Category

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December in Wine Country ~ Have a Look

[Paperwhite flowers are a typical December bloom. Photo by Jo Diaz.] The beginning of December – this season – has been beautiful weather wise and visually. I’m now in the Mayacamas Mountains, above the Alexander Valley floor. The views are spectacular… stunning, really. Perhaps this is why my devotion to blogging every day has waned […]

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Simply Charmed ~ That’s What I Was and What It Is

Being December born… Let’s just call this a “musing,” or “stream of consciousness…” Asked if I would consider looking at Simply Charmed magnetic wine glass charms, I thought, “Why not. Sounds like fun!” Anything December really strikes my fancy. I wondered, too, “What’s new and clever, and there’s a wine component attached to it? Something […]

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Bordeaux ~ Les Hauts de Lagarde 2015 ~ The Red and The White of It

The Red and The White of It Last evening, with our friend Corinne, we had dinner tasting and enjoying these two very special Bordeaux wines: Les Hauts de Lagarde 2015 – Blanc and Rouge. We began our food and wine tasting with humus and endives as an appetizer. We were so involved with Corinne having […]

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2016 Wine and Spirits Books for the Holidays

Each year I enjoy putting a list together of the best wine and food books I read throughout the year. This year is no exception. Here are my 2016 Wine and Spirits Books. And, here’s headed to your Black Friday shopping… A Zentrepreneur’s Guide ~ by vintner Ron Rubin and Stuart Avery Gold We’ve got […]

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Thanksgiving Wines ~ What Our Immigrant Forefather Would Have Brought, If Only…

If you’re of Native American descent, your forefathers arrived first on the North American continent. Once the Bering Straight had waters receding, people migrated from both Asia and Northeastern Europe. Who were the first ancient settlers to arrive and cultivate California, for instance?  The Central Pomo people, who immigrated to California more than 8,000 years […]

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A Sicilian Thanksgiving? You Betcha with MandraRossa Nero d’Avola

Do you know that wines from Sicily are elegant and really affordable? With most of them selling for under $20, they make perfect “house wines,” too. During the holidays, especially if you’re of Italian descent, these wines will happily grace your table and heritage. Guests will be able to savor your past, while enjoying your […]

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Corkscrew, by Peter Stafford-Bow, a wine buyer, through his lens

You can’t anticipate any of it, your eyes will bug out of your head as you read it. You’ll wonder, how will he get himself out of this one? You’ve just got to read it to understand that I’m not joshing you. This book is hysterical, as he nails his characters with great depth of understanding and humor.

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Wine Country Time ~ Hurry up and wait

EXCUSE #3: Fiber optics were cut. It has thousands of lines within the tubing, so we’re trying to find that just right one line, and do have a blessed day.

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Tasting Sicily with Allesandro

Image borrowed from the Wines of Sicily Website. I highly recommend that you visit this site for more information and beautiful images of the island. Many write about Sicily having a mosaic of flavors. In a booklet that the Wines of Sicilia DOC has distributed. It begins: If to travel through Sicily means to dive […]

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Buzet you say? Sans Sulfites Ajoutés Buzet, okay…

SANS ~ The Wine that “respects both Man and Nature” 2015 Sans Sulfites Ajoutés Buzet This wine is a beautifully soft and delicious wine. It’s completely food friendly, a ballet on your pallet. As I read about their wine, this indicates why I found the wine to be so alluring: The grapes were harvested at […]