Temecula Winery Plans Series of ‘Earth-to-Wine’ Tours


Earth Day celebrations at wineries are not restricted to California’s North Coast region. In Southern California’s Temecula growing area, north of San Diego, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa has planned a series of “Earth to Wine” tours, running April 21-25. Read more ›

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Napa Valley Wineries Plan Special Events Around Earth Day


Napa Valley is known for producing world-class wines, but it also is becoming a leader in sustainable farming. Largely responsible for this advancement is Napa Green, which many consider the wine industry’s most comprehensive “best practices” program for land-use and wine production. Read more ›

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Mendocino County Party for the Planet Begins in 3 Days


California’s Mendocino County was a hub of sustainable farming long before sustainable farming became cool.

So it makes perfect sense that Mendocino would be a hub of Earth Day activities, now huddled under an umbrella known as the Mendocino County Party for the Planet. The 3rd annual Party begins on Friday and continues through April 26. Read more ›

Posted in Wine and the Environment

‘Wine Country’ Plans a Plethora of Earth Day Activities

One week and one day from today, more than a billion people in 190 countries around the world will participate in some sort of activity or observation for Earth Day.

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Posted in Wine and the Environment

Forget the Tomato Soup; Try This Grilled Cheese With Wine!


On Saturday — which just happens to be Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day — make this tasty rendition for grownups, and enjoy it with a glass of Vermentino, Chardonnay or Pinot Gris/Grigio.

This recipe yields 1 sandwich. Read more ›

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Grilled Cheese for Grownups


Did you know that Saturday is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day? It’s true, and you can read about it here.

The humble grilled cheese sandwich has made a stylish comeback in recent years, spawning countless renditions of gourmet “grilled cheese for grown-ups.”

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Posted in Vinesse Style

To Decant or Not to Decant — That Is the Question


Today’s question deals with a process we see on occasion at restaurants where wine is taken seriously. But is that process really necessary? And should you do it at home?

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Posted in Wine FAQ

There’s No Shortage of Pairing Partners for Prime Rib


The Lawry’s chain has built a restaurant empire based primarily on one succulent dish: prime rib.

As noted on the company’s website, “When Lawry’s The Prime Rib opened in Beverly Hills in 1938, no one had ever seen anything like it: a restaurant featuring a single entrée — perfectly roasted prime rib — carved tableside and served from magnificent Art Deco-style carts.”

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

7 Fascinating Facts About Winegrapes


Great wine cannot be made without great grapes. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard winemakers utter those or similar words.

I was thinking about that over the weekend, and that led to thinking about winegrapes in general. Don’t ask — that’s how this crazy mind of mine works.

So, I thought that on this 7th day of April, I’d share seven fascinating facts about winegrapes… Read more ›

Posted in Wine Cellar Notes

Be Not Afraid of a Great Meal in Southern Oregon


Ashland is best known as the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

But it also makes a nice home base for exploring the wineries of southern Oregon, and for dining out. Read more ›

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log
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