Monthly Archives: March 2011

Japan Disaster Relief Tied Up in Red Tape

Sometimes trying to be of help to people in need can be very… frustrating.


Just ask the owners of six wineries in Idaho who wanted to do something for the victims of the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear plant disaster in Japan.

The wineries stepping up were not giant corporations with deep pockets. Joined in the effort by retailer Coyotes Fine Wines, the wineries that wanted to make a difference were…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Monterey Wine Murals Speak Volumes

Everyone knows that a picture speaks a thousand words, and in Monterey County, there now are eight pictures, each 12 feet tall, to portray the region’s winemaking and grape-growing legacy.

Spanning thirty miles through the third most agriculturally productive county in California, eight wooden murals have recently been installed under the auspices of the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association to highlight the region’s wine culture and direct guests to the local tasting rooms.

The eight follow the first viticulture mural created five years ago, capturing the image of Monterey County viticulture pioneer Al Scheid of Scheid Vineyards…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Wining and Bowling(?) at the Detroit Athletic Club

It’s Tuesday night at the Detroit Athletic Club, the downtown meeting place for the movers and shakers of the Motor City’s business community.

The DAC is an athletic club – with pool, exercise equipment, et al – and a whole lot more. Founded in 1887 and located right next door to Ford Field and Comerica Park, the club also has a fine dining restaurant (with a strictly enforced dress code), numerous guest rooms and suites, meeting rooms… and an 8-lane bowling facility…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Moody Blues to Play at Chateau Ste. Michelle

Chateau Ste. Michelle, located not too far from Seattle, has been hosting live music performances since 1984, and its annual Summer Series stands as one of the Pacific Northwest’s great music venues.

The 2011 lineup will not be announced for a few weeks, but VinesseTODAY has learned that the legendary Moody Blues will be among the performers at Chateau Ste. Michelle this summer.

The “Moodies” are scheduled on Saturday, June 4 at 7 p.m., and tickets will go on sale through this coming Saturday (April 2) at 10 a.m. Pacific…

Posted in Wine Buzz

A Dish That Goes With Chardonnay… and Zinfandel?!?

Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay would be solid wine companions to this dish, which serves 4. Feeling adventurous? Try it with Zinfandel.



  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Go Ahead… Rub It In!

Want to add a bit of a kick to your grilled meat? Try this rub, which is packed with flavor and just the right amount of heat.



  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flake
  • 1 tablespoon dried garlic flake
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

You Don't Know Beans… Until Now!

Along with salsa, no barbecue is complete without beans. Here’s a recipe, inspired by the great California barbecues of Santa Maria, that makes 6 to 8 servings.



  • 2 cups pinquito beans
  • 1 strip bacon, diced
  • 1/2 cup ham, diced
  • 1 cup red wine…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Every Barbecue Needs a Little Salsa

California-style barbecues are among the most flavorful in the world, and one of the reasons for that can be summed up in one word: salsa. Here’s a salsa recipe tailor-made for BBQ. It yields about 41/2 cups.



  • 2 cups vine-ripened tomatoes, seeds removed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped white onions
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

White Wine With BBQ? You Bet!

Semillon, “unoaked” Chardonnay and Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio make ideal companions for this dish. This recipe yields 4 servings.



  • 1 whole chicken (appx. 3.5-lbs.)
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Let the Grilling Begin

Talk about flavor! This dish is brimming with it. Try it with Zinfandel, Syrah or Chianti Classico. This recipe yields 4 servings.



  • Canola oil
  • 1 small cucumber, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, peeled and diced…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes
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