Monthly Archives: July 2015

A California 1 Wine Adventure

Summertime is a great time to take a drive on Highway 1 — the scenic, occasionally harrowing road that hugs California’s Pacific Coast. Harrowing, in part, because of the hairpin turns and narrow lanes, but even more so because many

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Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

River Cruising: A Stylish Way to Experience Wine

Many Americans have taken cruises on large ships, but many more have not experienced a river cruise — something European vacationers have been enjoying for years. Scenic Cruises is now offering an 11-day, Paris-to-Paris cruise called “Gems of the Seine”

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Posted in Vinesse Style

Grilling… and Wine Pairing… Secrets Revealed

As I noted in a blog post a few years ago, pretty much everything I know about barbecue comes from Steven Raichlen, who has written several books on the subject. Raichlen’s books… and over-cooking quite a few chunks of meat

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What Kind of Wine Glasses for a Summertime Party?

We get lots of questions about stemware. Here’s one that came in recently… QUESTION: We’re going to have a party, and my wife suggests we use our stemless glasses for the wine. I think that would be tacky. What do

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Posted in Wine FAQ

An Unexpected Cheese (and Wine) Discovery

Part of the fun of traveling is getting lost. Last fall, my fiancée and I discovered a wonderful tapas restaurant in Barcelona simply by walking around without a map. Later on that same trip, we found a cheese-making operation by

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Posted in Editor's Journal

Wine in the Deli: My Kind of Monastery

It was at a beautiful monastery in the Swiss Alps, in a postcard-worthy village called Engelberg, where I learned something extremely important about wine: It’s no big deal. Before the boss hands me a pink slip, let me explain what

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A Deliciously Different Take on ‘Red Wine With Fish’

The now legendary book, “Red Wine With Fish,” helped explode some of the myths associated with food and wine pairing. The book was built around a truly sublime match: Pinot Noir with salmon. No trip to the Pacific Northwest is

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

The Vinous Secrets of Napa’s Mount Veeder

Mount Veeder was named for the German Presbyterian pastor, Peter Veeder, who lived in Napa, Calif., during the Civil War Era and enjoyed hiking on the mountain, where the Douglas Firs and Bristlecone Pines reminded him of the forests of

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles

A Temecula Food, Wine and Music Getaway

We know that the right food paired with the right wine make beautiful music together. But when you add actual music to that equation, well… now we’re talking about a symphony of sights, sounds, aromas and flavors — a tremendous

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An Authentic Wine and Tapas Experience in Chicago

When it comes to reviewing food or wine, the older I get, the more I realize that absolutely nothing beats experience. When talking about experience, it’s important not to confuse it with age. I’ll take a 25-year-old restaurant reviewer who

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