Debbie Shu, my favorite restaurateur

What makes a great one? People like Debbie Shu, my favorite restaurateur, is an example of why we adore the chefs whose foods deliver both sustenance and comfort. Add a great wine list to the restaurant’s mix and there’s nowhere else to go, when sustenance...

Rice Wine and Sushi

I know next to nothing about rice wine, I know even less about sushi. I have major allergies to fish, so I can’t go there. Seaweed wrap just turns my stomach, because it’s got that “fishy” smell, so please don’t try to sell me on their...

Big Jim and Lil’ Jo ~ off and running

Along with Chang Liow and Jose Diaz… The Wine Century Club of Windsor CA has officially begun. I arrived at Chinois Bistro (our new club house) with the Local Chapter Application. On the Member List, I had already filled in President Jose Diaz and Secretary Jo...

How Randall Graham, Steve Heimoff, and Charlie Palmer Led to Sean Thackrey, Steve Heimoff, and Hardy Wallace

What a cast of characters… The Sonoma County Wine Library (in Healdsburg) is only seven miles from my house, which occasionally host authors. I’m on the distribution list for announcements. In December, they hosted a wine writers reception, that included...