Monthly Archives: March 2009

Liquid Gold in the Long Shadows of the Sierra Nevada

    Roughly half-way between Lake Tahoe and Sacramento, surrounding
California’s historic Highway 50, lies a virtually undiscovered wine
region known as El Dorado.

     Here, the towns have welcoming names such as Pleasant Valley,
Fairplay and Somerset, and several of the winery names borrow from the
area’s topography and history: Gold Hill Vineyard, Perry Creek, Granite
Springs, Oakstone and Sierra Vista.

     What sets El Dorado apart from other California wine regions is…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

The 'Next Big Thing' Is Your Next Club Shipment

***image2***     Humans are an impatient lot.

     Just when we get what we want, we start looking for something else… something “better.”

     It might be the type of car we have. Or the size of our house.

     Instead of being satisfied with and grateful for…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Perfect with Red Meat…and Red Wine

***image2***     When you’re serving a thick, juicy steak and drinking a big, bold red wine, this dish makes a wonderful companion.

     It was made famous by The Gables restaurant in Corvallis, Ore., and this recipe makes 8 servings.


Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Hess to Open Another Winery-Based Museum

    Swiss entrepreneur and art collector Donald M. Hess is about to
open a museum dedicated to artist James Turrel at Bodega Colome in
Argentina, Decanter reports.

     The James Turrel Museum will open its doors on April 22, and will
be the third of the Hess Art Collection, along with museums at the Hess
Collection winery in Napa Valley and Glen Carlou in Paarl, South

     It is the first museum in the world dedicated to American space and light artist James Turrel, whose work focuses on…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Wineries Embracing Lighter Bottles

    Just a few years ago, wineries were looking for economical choices for ever-heavier bottles to add heft to a brand image.

     But now, environmental as well as economic concerns are weighing
on winemakers to literally lighten the load of glass coming to wineries
and going to consumers.

     The rapid rise in freight and shipping fuel surcharges in the
first half of last year resulted in wineries of all sizes looking for
ways to cut costs, and…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

ZinFest in Lodi Is Less Than Two Months Away

    Lodi Wine Country has announcesd the 5th annual “Lodi ZinFest —
Wine, Food and Fun at the Lake” on the weekend of May 15-17.

     Here’s a look at ZinFest’s featured events…

     *** Friday, May 15 — Vintners’ Grille at the Lake from 6-9 p.m.
at Lodi Lake Park, 1301 W. Turner Rd., Lodi. Local vintners share a
selection of Lodi’s finest wines, paired with delectable cuisine.
Tickets for the dinner are $75 per person.

      *** Saturday, May 16 — ZinFest Wine Festival, 12 noon-6 p.m.,
also at Lodi Lake Park. The ZinFest Wine Festival will feature more than…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

New U.C. Davis Winemaking Facility Will be Ultra-Green

    University of California Davis officials have announced plans to
build a new state-of-the-art complex focusing on wine, beer and food
science research, the Sacramento Bee reports.

     U.C. Regents approved design plans for the Research and Teaching
Winery and August A. Busch III Brewing and Food Science Laboratory. The
new facilities will be part of the university’s Robert Mondavi
Institute for Wine and Food Science.

     Construction on the 34,000-square-foot building, which will…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Get in the Pink at the RAP Festival


Avengers & Producers





(RAP) has announced that its
signature annual tasting event — PINK OUT! SF — will be held on
Tuesday, May 12.

     The event will take place at Butterfly Restaurant on the
Embarcadero at Pier 33. Overlooking San Francisco Bay, the 5th annual
fine Rose





tasting will feature 40 participating wineries pouring still
and sparkling Roses from around the world, with many of the winemakers
who craft them in attendance.

     Butterfly’s executive chef and owner, Robert Lam, will create…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Pinot Noir Festival Is a Great Getaway

    When I want to get away from it all… and I mean REALLY get away
from it all, I head up the California coast and then, once I get to
Mendocino, I head inland.

     That’s the round-about way of getting to the Anderson Valley, California’s most beautiful winegrowing region.

     There is the natural beauty, of course, but there also is the
beauty of the people. For the most part, the winery owners also are the
grape growers and the winemakers — and many of them also “staff” the

Posted in Editor's Journal

Fettuccine With Chanterelles

***image3***     Try this wonderful dish, which serves 4, with Pinot Gris or
Chardonnay – and make it with the very same wine (see ingredient list).

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes
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