Monthly Archives: September 2009

Okanagan Fall Wine Festival Begins Tomorrow

     Looking for a spur of the moment getaway?

     Consider the annual Okanagan Fall Wine Festival in Canada’s
British Columbia province, which kicks off tomorrow and runs through
October 11.

    The nice thing about this festival is that you can pick and choose
the type of experience you want to have, not to mention the duration of…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

The Right Serving Temp for Red Wine

    QUESTION: I’ve heard that red wine should be served at room temperature. Is this true?

     ANSWER: Yes, assuming you live in a cave.

     For generations, we were taught that while white wine should be
cooled down prior to serving, red wine was best enjoyed at room

     Only one problem: When that advice initially was given, the man
giving it probably lived in a drafty castle that was not equipped with
a heating system — other than…

Posted in Wine FAQ

Resources for Planning a Fun-Filled Wine Trip

     There are 2,843 wineries in California (before I just blinked, anyway). Fortunately, not all of them have tasting rooms.

     But hundreds and hundreds do, which can make choosing which ones
to visit — even in a rather compressed geographic area — a real
conundrum. So it’s easy to understand why so many of them offer
amenities beyond wine tasting to attract visitors (otherwise known as
potential customers).

     According to a new Web site developed jointly by Wine Institute…

Posted in Editor's Journal

It's Not a Sin to Serve Wine with Salty Dishes

***image2***    We all know that too much salt in our diet is not a good thing.
But, when used in moderation, salt can bring dull dishes to life and
elevate such everyday food as sliced cantaloupe.

     And these days, specialty salts are all the rage. At the Dean
& Deluca store in the Napa Valley, more than 25 specialty salts
from around the world are on display. One — a black truffle variety —
goes for (are you sitting down?) $75 per pound.

     Salt has a love/hate relationship with food. On the “love” side,
there’s the aforementioned “elevating” role that it plays in cooking.
“Mom always used to say that salt brings out the flavor in food,” a
member of…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes
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