Monthly Archives: December 2011

New Year’s Resolutions for Wine Drinkers

’Tis the season for making promises to ourselves that we rarely keep. Yes, it’s time for New Year’s Resolutions. Fortunately, the resolutions we as wine drinkers can make are a bit easier to stick to, simply because there’s often a reward for doin…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Calistoga Specializes in Hearty Red Wines

Calistoga, located at “the top” of the Napa Valley, has been a tourist magnet for decades. But it also is a unique winegrowing area, and in 2009, it finally was granted American Viticultural Area status. Calistoga has a small-town feel, even thoug…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

A Tasty Topping for Steak

Leave the A1 Sauce in the cupboard and top that steak with a dollop of garlic butter. This recipe yields about half-a-cup, enough for 2 to 4 steaks, depending on your personal preference. And keep in mind that when garlic is the dominant flavor in…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Yes, You Can Match Wine With Broccoli

Broccoli is one of those vegetables that’s notoriously difficult to pair with wine. But when you add garlic to the mix — and it becomes the dominant flavor — then the pairing possibilities multiply. Serve this side dish with a thick, juicy steak —…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Plan Ahead for 2 Big Wine Events

A wise person once observed, “It pays to plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” With that in mind, there are two big wine events coming up in 2012 that require some advance planning. One of the most anticipated events each year is…

Posted in Wine Buzz

The ‘Green’ Approach to Wining and Dining

We’re not sure how many trees it will save in the short term, but over time, we could be talking forests. It’s a more eco-friendly approach to the traditional restaurant wine list, and it’s catching fire in Las Vegas. At a number of fine-dining es…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Heading for France in 2012? You Need This Map

Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to spelunk through the wine caves of France in 2012? Then you need the “Metro Wine Map of France” ($25), created by Dr. David Gissen, who is an architectural historian and wine enthusiast. The map resembles a …

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Holiday Wine Reading to Escape the Crowds

I am told that I am one of those rare males who actually enjoys shopping. I like the process of picking out just the right gift for my darling daughter and my wonderful grandkids (a.k.a. “the angels”). What I don’t enjoy about the process this tim…

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What Wine Goes With That Stocking Stuffer?

’Tis the season to be jolly… and to celebrate with good food, good wine and good friends. Hey, if it weren’t for this time of the year, Weight Watchers would go out of business. So, in the interest of full employment at weight control centers ac…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes, Wine Tips

A New Dining Destination in Napa

As the editor of The Grapevine, which is the official newsletter of the wine clubs of Vinesse, I often hear from readers who are planning trips to wine country. In most cases, they’ve done their research on the wineries they want to visit, but are…

Posted in Wine FAQ
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