Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Perfect Half-time Pairing: Pork Meatballs and Zinfandel

We close out California Wine Month with a recipe that pairs perfectly with the unofficial winegrape of California — Zinfandel. “Aside from being my favorite grape, it’s just fun to drink!” Duane David Dappen, who makes wine under the D-Cubed

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Wine, Women and Music Unite in Palm Springs

The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival unites two of the things I love most in life: music and wine. It’s really a music festival with a few wine components — and one of those wine components involves Vinesse! “Great music

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How You Can Help Victims of the Valley Fire

When we started this blog lo those many years ago — it was even before the archives demonstrate — the goal was to do a bit of educating and a bit of entertaining. We wanted to make wine enjoyment more

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Are There Any ‘Key Words’ to Use When Ordering Tapas in Spain?

QUESTION: We’re planning a trip to Spain, and hope to visit several tapas bars while in Barcelona. Only one problem: It has been a long time since I took Spanish in school. Are there any “key words” you could give

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The Important Role Beer Plays in a Winegrape Harvest

California’s annual winegrape harvest typically extends well into October for certain late-ripening varietals. This year, however, it’s looking like the harvest season, which kicked off earlier than usual in August, likely also will be over much sooner than usual. One

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The ‘Dawn of a Beautiful Vintage’ in Bordeaux

Those of us who have been in the wine industry for a while and “courted” by the wine estates of Bordeaux are amused by the seemingly annual claims about “vintage of the century” potential.” Simply by definition, every year can’t

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The Intersecting Languages of Wine and Coffee

At first glance, I thought it was another wine-related email — one of at least 50 I receive on any given weekday. (The flow slows a little on the weekends, allowing for the flow of a little more wine at

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The Best Wines for Citrus-Infused Fare

Wine is made from fruit, and unless its flavors are completely obliterated by oak nuances, it tastes, at least in part, like fruit. This seemingly obvious observation is very important to remember when pairing wine with food. “Not surprisingly,” writes

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Valley Fire Delays Harvest at Some Lake County Estates

The pictures we’ve been seeing this week on television have been horrific: entire blocks of homes and businesses in California’s Lake County, north of Napa Valley, left in a smoldering heap, destroyed by one of the worst fires in an

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Uncovering California’s Hidden Wine Gems

There are more wineries in California than there are chocolate makers in Switzerland. But like Swiss chocolatiers, the wineries range in size from ultra-small to gigantic. According to Wine Institute, “Bonded winery premises include every licensed production facility of single

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