Monthly Archives: February 2009

Select a Bottle of Red to Accompany This Hearty Dish

    This dish pairs beautifully with Syrah (a.k.a. Shiraz), as well as
Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and red blends. This recipe makes 4



* 2 large beef rib-eye steaks, trimmed

* 1/2 teaspoon salt…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Crab… Fennel… Wine… What Are You Waiting For?

***image2***     Tickets are still available for the 6th annual Russian River Valley Winegrowers Crab & Fennel Fest.


     The event is set for Saturday, March 7 at the Hall of Flowers on
the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, Calif. A Reception and
Silent Auction will kick things off at  5:30 p.m., followed by dinner
from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

     The fest offers an opportunity to roll up your sleeves, crack fresh Dungeness crab, quaff Russian River Valley wine and…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Australia Fires a Big Concern to Growers and Vintners

    Bushfire smoke has tainted the fruit of entire vineyards in the
Upper Goulburn Valley and is posing a threat to the Yarra Valley,
Victoria’s premium wine-growing region, The Australian reports.

     Vineyard Manager James Cuthbertson fears this year’s entire vintage from the Yarra Valley may be affected by the smoke.

     Standing among vines in Murrindindi while Rural Fire Service
firefighters from New South Wales lit backburns in nearby hills,
Cuthbertson said the four…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Boneless Leg of Lamb

     This recipe, developed by the late James Beard, matches
beautifully with Shiraz (a.k.a. Syrah), Shiraz/Cabernet blends and
Merlot. It serves 6-8.

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

When 'Champagne' Isn't Really Champagne

***image4***     If it says “Champagne” on the bottle, is it really Champagne?

     According to the Vignerons & Maisons of Champagne… only if
the wine actually was made from grapes grown in the Champagne region of

     That group would like to see vintners in other countries refrain from using the word “Champagne” on their…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Post-Valentine's Day Aphrodisiacs

    Romance need not be relegated to Valentine’s Day exclusively.

     In a recent issue of Sunset, the magazine listed a number of “aphrodisiacs” that combine food and wine.

     Highlighted were five varieties, including four that exist a bit
below the vinous radar screen. Yet all have been featured by the wine…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Still Time to Take in the Napa Valley Mustard Festival

    If you’re looking for a tangible sign of spring, head to
California wine country during the second half of the annual Napa
Valley Mustard Festival

     Among the remaining events:

     * March 7-8 — Mustard, Mud & Music — A Calistoga Jazz
Festival. To be held in downtown Calistoga, at the “top” of the valley.

     * March 14-15 — The Marketplace — A Signature Event for…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Cream

    Our friends at Alexander Valley Vineyards came up with this
wonderful recipe a few years ago. We’ve tried it with Cabernet
Sauvignon (as the recipe calls for), as well as Merlot, Primitivo,
Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel… and every time, it turns out
delicious! It’s best made with an ice cream maker, and if you have such
a machine, it’s extremely easy to assemble. Enjoy!

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Moet & Chandon Pours Tonight at The Oscars

   Moet & Chandon is the exclusive Champagne of the 81st annual
Academy Awards
, which culminates with the Oscar presentation tonight.

     “Moet & Chandon is synonymous with the glamour of fabulous
celebration, and has a long-standing tradition of being present at
Hollywood’s most prestigious events,” said Mark Cornell, President and
CEO of Moet Hennessy USA. “Through this innovative partnership with the
Academy, Moet & Chandon is thrilled to toast achievement in…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Pork Chops with Blueberry Sauce


     This recipe makes 4 servings, and matches wonderfully with Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Merlot and red blends…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes
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