Monthly Archives: June 2008

A New Addition to the Guilty Pleasures List?

   A friend of mine was talking about guilty pleasures the other day. Specifically, guilty food pleasures.

     Hers was pizza. Doesn’t matter what kind. Deep dish. Thin crust. Deluxe with the works. Plain ol’ cheese.

     Just hold the anchovies.

     When she asked me what my guilty food pleasure was, I could not come up with an answer off the top of my head.

     For one thing, I’ve never considered food to be something about which one should feel guilty.

     For another, I eat a lot of things I probably shouldn’t. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve climbed up…

Posted in Editor's Journal

How to Shop for the Best Cheese

    If you’re perfectly satisfied with spraying Cheese Whiz on a Ritz,
you may stop reading right here and move on to the next story.

     However, if you’re looking to expand your cheese horizons, read on. The tips that follow will help you do just that.

     When one takes into account the style of artisan cheesemakers,
there are literally thousands of cheeses from which to choose. A good
cheese shop, or a well-stocked cheese section in…

Posted in Vinesse Style

Napa Valley and the Global Warming Factor

    Is global warming real? Well, if it is, many of the world’s most acclaimed wine regions could be negatively impacted.

     If northern California were to warm by just 2 to 3 degrees over
the next 50 years, the impact on the Napa Valley could be disastrous.

     Winegrapes love hot days, so that would be no…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Online Tools for Planning an Oregon Wine Country Trip

   Prompted by the continued growth of Oregon wine country as a travel
destination, the Oregon Wine Board has created an online portal to
access all of the tools necessary to plan a memorable trip.

     And it couldn’t have come at a better time, as the weather warms
and wineries and visitors look ahead to the summer touring season,
which officially began over the Memorial Day weekend.

    The Oregon Wine Explorer, available at, is an invaluable online destination
that makes it easy to plan a…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Wine and Soda? When in Buenos Aires…

    Wine purists scoff at “wine drinks,” asserting that such
concoctions are insults to the vintners who made the wine utilized.

     We’d probably join in the scoffing if the wine were Dom Perignon
or Chateau Petrus, but we see no reason why a simple table wine
couldn’t be “dressed up” a bit. And that’s why we give high marks to…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Smoked Salmon Penne Pasta

    In a world of “anything goes” food-and-wine pairing, we’re always
on the lookout for recipes that match well with either white or red
wines. This is one such recipe, and it makes two servings…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

California Wines Sales Reach 457 Million Gallons

    Fueled by strong
gains in premium California wine volume, California wine sales to the U.S.
continued to increase in 2007 to a record-high 457 million gallons (192.1
million 9-liter cases), up 2 percent over the previous year.

     The retail value
of these shipments increased 6 percent to $18.9 billion, according to the
year-end summary in the Gomberg-Fredrikson Report.



California winery shipments to all markets in the

and abroad increased 3 percent to…

Posted in The Wine Business

Santa Maria-Style Beef Grill

     Since so many wines that we feature come from California’s Central
Coast, we thought it would be nice to share a uniquely-Central Coast
recipe. It makes 6 servings…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Chicken Piccata

     One of our favorite wine recipes– try it yourself with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio or a white blend…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Linguini and Clams

     This recipe comes from the aptly-named Feast restaurant in Santa
Rosa, California – right in the heart of Sonoma County wine country. It
matches perfectly with Sauvignon Blanc and other white wines, and
serves 4 to 6.

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes
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