Monthly Archives: February 2009

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
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