Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Blissful World of Belgian Chocolate

Every so often, we like to take a break from wine (okay, not really all that often!) and focus on other aspects of the good life—particularly aspects that have some sort of connection to wine. Case in point: fine chocolates. (And what better day t…

Posted in Vinesse Style

What About Anderson Valley?

Trip Advisor has unveiled its list of “The Top 10 Wine Destinations in the United States” for 2012, and it’s packed with appellations both familiar and obscure. “Familiar” rules the top of the list, with California’s Sonoma County and Napa Valley …

Posted in Wine Buzz

Burgundy: Breaking Down the Learning Process

While working on a recent issue of The Grapevine—the official newsletter for members of the wine clubs of Vinesse—I received an email from a member of The World of Wine Club. “My wife and I just returned from a tour of Burgundy, and we tasted some…

Posted in Wine FAQ

A Course for Cool Autumn Nights

Each May, I spend a weekend with friends at the South Cliff Inn bed-and-breakfast in St. Joseph, Mich. It’s our home base for an annual jazz concert called Smooth Jazz at Sunset at nearby Silver Beach, a whole lot of wine drinking and a whole lo…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

The Downtown L.A. Wine Scene

When the biggest stars of television and music walk the red carpet, they do so at L.A. Live, the massive entertainment venue that has reshaped downtown Los Angeles and created a long-needed “core” for the “City of Angels.” L.A. Live not only hosts…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

It’s Good to Be an Adult at Walt Disney World

The big news at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida these days is the unveiling of the new Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom park. Various sections of the “land” are being opened in phases, with the next opening scheduled for December 6, when the f…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

The Wine-and-Cruise Experience

Themed cruises—focusing on everything from specific culinary styles to various styles of music and just about anything else you can think of—are all the rage today. A wine cruise is a great idea on a number of levels, especially when one deals wit…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Noshing on the Leelanau Peninsula

On the weekend after next, the annual Toast the Season event will get under way on the Leelanau Peninsula of Michigan. Toast the Season runs over two weekends—November 3-4 and 10-11—giving wine lovers two opportunities to sample the wares of 20 wi…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes, Our Wine Travel Log

Upscale Comfort Food, Desserts… and Wine

We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s series on food trends and the impact they have on wine. The series has been based on an article by John Mariani that appeared in Celebrated Living. Here’s a recap of the top eight trends: Slow Food Movement Farm …

Posted in Editor's Journal, Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Cheese Service, Raw Food…and Wine

All this week, we’re taking a look at 10 food trends identified by writer John Mariani in Celebrated Living magazine, and considering the impact they have on wine. 7. Cheese Service “It is rare that a new restaurant does not have a selection of fi…

Posted in Editor's Journal, Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes
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