Monthly Archives: October 2010

SLO Is the Place to Be for Foodies

If you love good food and good wine (and if you don’t, why are you visiting this Web site?), consider heading to the Avila Beach Resort along California’s Central Coast next weekend.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5-7, the resort and local wineries will play host to the 2010 San Luis Obispo Rockin’ Harvest Celebration.

Here’s a day-by-day breakdown of the activities…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

2 Pals Create an Award-Winning Winery

Tim Perr is the vision, the drive and the passion behind Pali Wine Co., a Pinot Noir specialist in California’s Central Coast region.

Not all Pali wines are made from Central Coast grapes, however. A Sonoma Coast-designated Pinot made by Pali recently garnered an impressive rating of 96 points from Wine Spectator magazine.

Perr’s infectious love of wine is what turned his friend and business partner Scott Knight on to wine in the late 1990s, and it’s what sparked the two entrepreneurs to create Pali Wine Co. as a winery focused on small-lot Pinot Noir production in 2005…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Prepare to Be Scared

If you happen to be driving on Highway 101 in the central section of California this weekend, be brave and stop at Eberle Winery in Paso Robles.

Today and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m., unafraid souls 10 and over are invited to venture through Eberle’s “haunted wine caves,” which have been transformed and “spookified” just in time for Halloween.

The underground caves encompass 16,000 square feet, so there will be ample opportunity to encounter scary surprises…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Yes, You Can Recycle Wine Bottles

Did you know that glass can be reused up to six times?

That makes wine bottles prime candidates for recycling.

Willamette Valley Vineyards in Oregon has always offered its customers a dime for each bottle returned to the winery – not much in the way of spare change, but a noble environmental gesture nonetheless.

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Big Solar Initiative Expansion for Constellation

Constellation Wines U.S. has announced a major expansion of its solar energy initiative as part of its ongoing commitment to corporate social responsibility.

The company plans to invest in three new solar energy installations across California at its Clos du Bois winery in Geyserville, Ravenswood winery in Sonoma, and Estancia winery in Monterey County.

The projects build on the company’s solar initiative, which began in 2009 with the inaugural installation at the Gonzales winery in Gonzales, Calif…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

The Rolls Royce of Olive Oil

Some call olive oil “the great life extender.” It’s packed with antioxidants and vitamins, and while it’s 100 percent fat… it’s the good kind of fat.

There is an Israeli woman who claims to be 120 years old, and credits her longevity to drinking a glass of olive oil each day. A full glass may not be necessary, but we do know that vitamin E helps prevent heart disease and numerous other disorders.

For a special (not to mention expensive) indulgence, try the limited-production, ultra-premium olive oil from the Kritsa region of Crete, known as Lambda…

Posted in Vinesse Style

The Lowdown on the Wines of Boz Scaggs

One of my all-time favorite movies was not a big hit with the critics.

It was called “FM,” and its plot dealt with the programmer of a successful rock and roll radio station in Los Angeles – the fictitious Q-SKY – battling with his corporate bosses, who wanted less music and more commercials (i.e., more money).

Q-SKY reminded me of my favorite radio station of my rebellious youth, L.A.’s KMET, located at 94.7 on the FM dial – or, as its deejays liked to describe it, “a little bit farther to the left” than its main rival, which was situated at the 95.5 position…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Bonterra Helps Support Urban Farming Initiative

As one of the world’s leading producers of wine made from organically grown grapes, Bonterra has partnered with Growing Power, an organization focused on providing communities with healthy foods, to raise awareness and funds for urban farming.

The partnership began with an online fundraising campaign where Bonterra doanted $20,000 to local urban farming organizations in as many as 10 cities with the goal of turning this investment into $100,000 during organic harvest month.

“At Bonterra, we believe people everywhere should have access to sustainable, healthy, and true food. It’s why since 1987 we have been crafting award-winning wines from organic grapes,” said John Tichenor, Bonterra’s brand director…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Napa River Restoration: Full Speed Ahead

The Rutherford Dust Society’s groundbreaking environmental restoration project for the Napa River has created a mountain of soil from this world-famous wine region.

“This must be the most valuable dirt in America,” observes project coordinator Gretchen Hayes. “It is truly a mountain of Rutherford Dust, and the greatest wines in America are grown in this coveted red soil.”

Landowners have had the soil removed from steeply eroding river banks in order to provide fish habitat and restore the natural flow of the Napa River through the Rutherford American Viticultural Area…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Making Sense of Sauces

Red wine with beef and white wine with fish. For generations, pairing wine with food was as simple as that.

Then came the book, “Red Wine With Fish,” and all hell broke loose.

Yes, we’re kidding, but there’s no question that book got people to put more thought into the wines they served with dinner…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes
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