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    “It’s fine to say, I like this wine or I don’t, just be able to tell me why.”  New York Times Wine Critic, Eric Asimov Wine professionals are taught the language of wine evaluation and a systematic approach to tasting. When I judge a wine (professionally or at my own table), I’ve found that […]

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8 Wines I Would Buy Again

  I’m introducing a bunch of wines to you today as a group.  Lots of fun details, I hope you enjoy and find some that you want to try. The wines in the picture each have a unique story. Starting from left to right, here they are: Maquis Cabernet Sauvignon 2010. Anyone who reads my […]

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Here’s an original, super easy & delicious salad recipe I made for a quick week night dinner. Duck Confit Salad 2 Seasoned Duck Legs 3 oz Goat Cheese 1/2 cup Blueberries, Bosenberries or other small berries 2 cups Mixed Spring Lettuce 1/4 cup sliced Green Onions 2 tbl Balsamic Vinagarette Costco and Whole Foods both […]

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  Mourvédre* and its cousins are a hot commodity in the USA right now.  Mourvédre is one of  22 grapes known as Rhone Varieties.  Fortunately you don’t have to go to France to taste these interesting wines.   American-made wines are featured at tastings sponsored by the Rhone Rangers each year.  The 2012 San Francisco Celebration of Rhone […]

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I hosted a small pre-Thanksgiving dinner for six close friends.  Taking my own advice, my mission was to serve four different, easy-to-find, under $20 wines that play well with turkey, roasted vegetables, yams with apples, traditional stuffing, chorizo corn bread stuffing, and cranberry/bing cherry sauce. 2009 DeLoach Russian River Valley Pinot Noir  A strikingly nice […]

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I’ve had a fondness for this inky, silky, complicated grape since 2001.  If you are new to Petite Sirah, look for it in your local grocery or wine shop and try it out. Bogle makes an entry level Petite Sirah for around $10. Because such a small amount of PS is being made, you’ll find […]

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Artiste Winery

I relentlessly research wineries  looking for the ultimate experience or at least anything other than belly-up-to-the-bar.  Of course, they also have to make interesting and yummy wine. I was recently introduced to a winery that is all about giving folks a unique experience.  At first glance, Artiste, a short stroll past Healdsburg Plaza, looks like […]

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Time for Rosé

I opened my first Rosé of the season a few days ago.  Here in Northern California, the wildflowers are blooming, my early bulbs (Freesias above) are scenting my backyard & the finches are rapidly emptying the bird feeder as they rush to make their nests. If you’ve read this blog before (or are an experienced […]

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Rosé

Serving Rosé with Thanksgiving is always fun because many people don’t pair Rosé with food, especially at this time of year. When buying Rosé, sparkling or otherwise, I like to try different varietals, but my favorite continues to be Rosés made from 100% Pinot Noir.  One of my favorites is made by Lynmar. I’m seeing […]

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