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
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