Monthly Archives: June 2012

5 Ways to Experience Fritz

Yesterday, we took a look at what makes Sonoma County’s Fritz Underground Winery so unusual…and its wines so tasty. The good news is that the public is welcome at Fritz by appointment, and several tasting options are offered… A Taste of FritzI…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Fritz: Wine Tasting Goes “Underground”

It was Jay Fritz’s embracement of sustainability and quality that ultimately made Fritz Winery—known as “the underground winery”—what it is today. The company’s ongoing respect for the vineyards, as well as the traditions of artisan, hand-crafted …

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Napa Valley: Beyond the Tasting Rooms (Part 3)

I hope you’ve been enjoying this series on things to do in the Napa Valley besides visiting the ubiquitous winery tasting rooms. I always like to limit my winery visits to no more than two per day—usually one in the morning and one in the afternoo…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Napa Valley: Beyond the Tasting Rooms (Part 2)

Yesterday, we began a three-part series on things to do in the Napa Valley besides visiting the tasting rooms. Here are a few more ideas… Golf in the vineyards.Well, not exactly in the vineyards—unless you really shank a shot, that is. Chardonna…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log, Wine Tips

Napa Valley: Beyond the Tasting Rooms (Part 1)

Yes, we go to California’s Napa Valley for the wine. But those tasting rooms can get pretty packed during the summer months, and every so often, we need a break from the elbow bumping. Fortunately, there’s more to the Napa Valley than wine. Lots m…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log, Wine Tips

Life’s Short; Eat Dessert First

We tend to eat “lighter” in the summertime, and that habit even extends to dessert (except for us chocoholics, for whom every season is chocolate season). Here’s a dessert that’s perfect for summer, when fresh fruit is abundant. A lighter-styled, …

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Where There’s a Frey, There’s a Way

The history of organic grape growing in California’s Mendocino County can be traced to the early Italian immigrants who first planted grapes there in the late 1800s. Before the introduction of agricultural chemicals following World War I, all grap…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Take Me Out to the…Parking Lot?

Baseball season is in full swing. (Although, given the number of no-hitters and one-hitters thus far, perhaps that should be: “full swing and a miss.”) In part because it’s so much fun, and in part because Major League Baseball tickets have gotten…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes, Wine FAQ

Chardonnay Cycles and a Grammar Gripe

Like many things in life, wine is cyclical. If you drink it long enough (I’m speaking in moderation over a good number of years, not multiple hours in a single setting), you’ll see styles come and go. It’s sort of like fashion that way. Chardonnay…

Posted in In the Cellar

Smithsonian Magazine Is Making Me Hungry

It was such a good idea, I couldn’t believe Smithsonian magazine hadn’t done it years ago. The chronicler of all-things-American designated its June edition as “The Food Issue.” The explanation offered made perfect sense. Think about it: When you …

Posted in Editor's Journal
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