Archive for the Tag 'Food & Wine'


Uncorked! in Suisun Valley continues on June 21, 2014

Uncorked! is happening in Suisun Valley, on Saturday evening this coming June 21, 2014. From 6:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m. guests will be savoring Suisun Valley appellated wines… The Suisun Valley Vintners and Growers Association is hosting this event, at Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company. This annual wine and food event features a wide selection […]


Pinot Gris Food Pairings ~ A Best Resource ~

When you’re thinking about enjoying a glass of Pinot Gris, regardless of the region from which it came, the Oregon Pinot Gris site has the best “Food Recommendations” page, in three easy categories: Vegetarian Dishes Fish and Seafood Dishes Meat Dishes Each recipe suggestion within the categories has a link to an external site with […]


If I could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be?

[Image borrowed from] Right now, it would be Michael Chiarello (and a guest of his choosing)… Why? This is a chef who not only cooks up a storm with wonderful flair, but he also has a winery that produces Petite Sirah. It’s called Chiarello Family Vineyards, and has been in his family since 1999. […]


Added Value Retailer ~ Food & Wine Pairings

I’m all about food and wine, because that’s mostly how I view enjoying it. That said, there’s nothing like a glass at the end of the day as I prepare food to go with my wine, either. I’m a strong believer in a glass a day keeps the doctor away, especially if you don’t have […]


Organizing a Wine Dinner

I’m in the middle of organizing a food and wine dinner for about 1,000 people. It’s called Dark & Delicious and it’s my sixth year in a row doing it. this year it’s 60 wineries and 30 restaurant options. So, you can imagine that I can handle six to eight people, right? Yeah, I think […]


2011 Wine, Beer, and Spirits Books ~ Holiday Gift Giving Ideas

Getting ready for Black Friday or Cyber Monday purchases? Here’s my annual list, based on favorite reads over the past year, so you’ll be ready to blast off… The links I’m giving you take you to Websites where the books are now being sold. ALCHEMY First Steps in Winemaking If you’ve ever wanted to make […]


Vine Talk Debuting This April ~ Let’s go behind the scenes with Ray Isle

This one is going to be fun. According to their promotional YouTube site: Coming to national public television in April 2011, VINE TALK is a new and unique celebrity talk show full of great stories, discussion and discovery. Each week, a different wine region from around the world serves as the inspiration for a lively […]


Bird’s Eye View of An Event Organizer ~ The Devil’s in The Details

Dear Diary, When putting on an event, there are so many big picture things that have to be done. (They’re in all CAPS.) VENUE Finding the perfect one Set up Tear down Constant communications OPERATIONS Creating a floor plan that fits everyone onto the grid Having Port-a-Potties lined up Last year’s were dark and further […]


Passionate About Petite? The Fifth Annual Dark & Delicious Event is Picking up Steam…

We’ve managed to sell out this event, since the beginning of it in February of 2007. Kent Rosenblum, sitting on the PSILY board of directors, suggested that we do  something similar to ZAP’s good eats… He was also a member of their board at the time and knew the ropes. Kent was also very aware […]


Instead of Wine, Women, and Song; How about Wine, Men and Song?

I’m thinking the title of “Wine, Women, and Song” must have emanated from a man somewhere at some point in time… The odds are in favor of it being created this way. If I’m wrong, I stand corrected. As a woman, I see “Wine, Men, and Song,” as a more interesting phenomena; maybe that’s because […]