Monthly Archives: April 2008

Amazing Wine Dinners This Spring and Summer in St. Helena

    Acclaimed chef Cindy Pawlcyn has unveiled the spring and summer menus for her legendary Supper Club, held every Wednesday at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen in downtown St. Helena in the Napa Valley.

     Inspired by the rich culinary traditions of various cultures around the world and here at home, Pawlcyn creates a delicious feast each week that showcases her exuberant love for food and travel.

     Patrons should prepare for an unforgettable dining experience as they sample the edible delights of Peru, Northern Mexico’s Pacific Coast, the Greek Isles, and a “Northern Lights” extravaganza featuring the delicacies of Denmark, Finland and Norway. Drawing on her flawless…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

A Sonoma Chardonnay for the Pope

    Whenever a head of state or other famous person visits the White House, it’s fun to know what kind of wine was selected to be served with dinner.

     For the recent dinner honoring Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to the United States as pope, the dinner wine was a Sonoma County Chardonnay.

     According to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery’s rich, oak-aged 2005 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay was the wine of choice. It also was a…

Posted in Wine in the Glass

Wine and the Sound of Music

    I’ve written often about the symbiosis that exists between wine and music. There’s just something magical about drinking a great wine while listening to music that touches you in some way.

     And with so many great wines and so much great music, the magical possibilities are limitless.

     Later this week, we’ll tell you about the just-announced Summer Concert Series at the Robert Mondavi Winery in the Napa Valley…    

Posted in Editor's Journal

A Versatile Recipe for Pork Lovers

    Rare is the recipe that matches equally well with red wines and white wines.

     This is such a recipe. We came across it while doing research on the wines that will be included in an upcoming club shipment from The World of Wines -featuring the wines of Portugal.

     The recipe makes 6 servings. And if you’d like to learn more about The World of Wine, click on the “Vinesse Wine Clubs” link on the homepage…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

75 Years After the 'Repeal' of Prohibition

    The Specialty Wine Retailers Association (SWRA) commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition by sadly observing that very little has changed since the days of Prohibition, when a small syndicate of powerful men controlled the distribution of alcohol.

     SWRA believes that after 75 years, it’s time for changes in the alcohol distribution system that account for the needs of consumers, rather than a powerful set of special interests.

     At the height of Prohibition, a small syndicate of powerful and wealthy individuals controlled alcohol distribution across the…

Posted in The Wine Business

9 Facts About Winegrapes

    How many times have we heard that it takes great grapes to make great wine?

     That being the case, here are nine fascinating facts about winegrapes…

     1. The Chardonnay variety is a classic white wine grape. Its original fame comes from its success in the Burgundy and Champagne regions of France. Chardonnay takes oak well, and many higher…

Posted in Wine Cellar Notes

A Tuscany Institution Reinvents Itself

    Can a long-established winemaking family reinvent itself in order to meet the needs and challenges of the 21st century?

     If the family is named Folonari, the answer is yes.

     In the latter part of 2000, the Folonaris completely revamped their company’s structure. Previously a single entity with extensive estate holdings in Tuscany, the family owned the Nozzole and…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Passport to Sonoma Valley Just Weeks Away

   The Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance has confirmed the participation of more than 40 wineries at this year’s Passport to Sonoma Valley, taking place May 17 and 18  from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at venues throughout the historic valley.

     Visitors to the valley-wide open house will be issued a “passport,” providing them unprecedented access to the wines and wineries of California’s oldest wine region, including special pricing, exclusive wine offers and internationally themed celebrations.
     As was the case last year, a portion of the Passport to Sonoma Valley proceeds will go to the SVVGA Scholarship Fund, which helps…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Broccoli, Sweet Onion and Pecan Salad



     A flavorful salad that matches with both white and red wines –
particularly Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Shiraz – this recipe makes
6 servings as a side dish, or about 3 as a main dish.

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Pork Tenderloin with Tart Cherry, Port and Caraway Sauce


     This delicious recipe from Sonoma County’s J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings.

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes
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