Monthly Archives: January 2010

Wine, Chocolate and… Redwood Sculptures?

     One wouldn’t normally think of a Best Western hotel/motel as a
tourist attraction. Like most of the major national chains, it’s simply
a place to get a good night’s sleep on the way from one locale to

     But there’s a Best Western in Sacramento, Calif., that you
absolutely must see if you ever find yourself near California’s state
capital. It’s the Best Western Sandman, located at 236 Jibboom Street,
just off Interstate-5.

     There, you’ll encounter an amazing collection of sculptures sawed
and carved out of redwood. Al Sarti is the art patron who envisioned…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

The Ultimate Pairing Dinner

     A great way to learn more about pairing wine with food is to attend a winemaker dinner.

     At most such affairs, you’ll enjoy dishes you’re not likely to prepare at home, matched with wines from a specific winery.

     The tab can be high (sometimes soaring into three figures), but just as often falls into a more…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

A Taste of the San Joaquin Valley

     Seventy percent of all California winegrapes are grown in the San Joaquin Valley.

     That may come as a shock to those who assume virtually all of the state’s wines come from Napa Valley or Sonoma County.

     To help raise the profile of the San Joaquin Valley, a unique
tasting room and visitors’ center has opened in the town of Madera.
It’s called…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

They Said It… Our Editor Reacts

     * Said Clifton Fadiman: “To take wine into our mouths is to savor a droplet of the river of human history.”

     Says our editor: So why didn’t they serve wine in history class?

     * Said Maurice Healy: “I took one sip; I closed my eyes, and every beautiful thing that I had…

Posted in Wine Wit
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