Archive for the Tag 'Food & Wine'


If You Love Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District, This Event Has Your Name All Over It

An American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a designated, wine grape-growing region in the United States,and has been for the nearly 39 years.  The Augusta AVA surrounds the area in and around the town of Augusta, Missouri, which was the first recognized AVA recognized in the US, gaining their  status on June 20, 1980. Stags Leap’s […]


2018 September’s Winesong Weekend is coming in Mendocino County

[All images are from Winesong.] In its Thirty-Fourth year, Winesong Weekend, Mendocino County’s premier food and wine experience, will take place on Friday, September 7, and Saturday, September 8. The folks are Winesogn Weekend want you to know the details around this year’s event. They’re going to also have a live auction with “Hot Lots.” Some […]


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 […]