Monthly Archives: November 2012

Petaluma: More Than an Affordable Lodging Option

Touring California’s North Coast wine country can be expensive. Napa Valley lodging, in particular, can put a big dent in one’s wine budget. But even the prices on the Sonoma County “side” can raise eyebrows, particularly during the busy summer mo…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Talbott: Setting the Standard on California’s Central Coast

“Too cold.” That was one of the comments Robb Talbott heard about his desire to plant a vineyard on a mountaintop in California’s Carmel Valley. “Too difficult to plant,” was another. “Too challenging to grow on.” The truth is that the site Talbot…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

New “Moon Mountain District” Proposed

American Viticultural Areas—or AVAs, for short—are the United States’ equivalent of France’s “appellations.” They are unique, geographically-defined plots of land. Some are quite small, covering just a few acres. Others are massive, such as the Te…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

The Smithsonian Discovers Wine (and Food)

How appropriate that just two days before Thanksgiving (one week ago today), a new exhibition devoted to food would open at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The exhibition focuses on the last five decades o…

Posted in Wine Buzz

One More Recipe for the Leftover Bird

Most of your guests went back for seconds on Thanksgiving Day. Then on Friday, you sliced off some of the remaining white meat and made turkey sandwiches. Saturday, you decided to do something completely different and made turkey tacos, complete w…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Need a ‘Plan B’ for Turkey Day?

It’s the day before Thanksgiving. The supermarket is packed with shoppers. Some are picking up multi-item prepared meals that require nothing more than reheating—thus providing the illusion that you’ve been prepping and cooking and baking for days…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Turkey: The Day(s) After

Assuming Uncle George doesn’t go completely crazy, you’re likely to have some leftover turkey come this Thursday night. Rather than simply reheating dishes and having Thanksgiving, Part II, try this easy-to-prepare dish that lends some different f…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

A Pumpkin Pie Alternative

In Friday’s blog, we tackled the timely topic of pairing wine with pumpkin pie. But what if you’re burned out on that particular dessert? Is there another pumpkin-based dessert option that’s easy to prepare? You bet. Refer to Friday’s blog for win…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

The Pumpkin Pie Predicament

I’m sure you’re familiar with the observation, “Life is short; eat dessert first.” It has been credited to Red Hat Society founder Sue Ellen Cooper, to actress Katherine Hepburn, and even to Mark Twain. I don’t know who really deserves the credit,…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Here’s a Crazy Idea: A Turkey Day Wine Dinner!

The Thanksgiving feast—with its mish mash of mashed potatoes, gravy, turkey, ham, green bean casserole, candied yams, cranberry jelly, etc.—provides the best of excuse of the entire year to not sweat the wine pairing. But let’s say you’re a real f…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes
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