Monthly Archives: August 2016

Near Silicon Valley, Another Valley Prepares for the Harvest Season

This is the time of the year when we like to share harvest reports from various regions with you. After all, there is no more critical part of the winemaking process than when the grapes are harvested, and the kind

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4 Lessons Learned from an Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The mention of a grilled cheese sandwich in yesterday’s blog reminded me that during my last year living in Chicago, I had the opportunity to try Graham Elliot Bowles’ take on the American comfort food classic at his take-out shop

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Seriously, Are We Drinking Coffee or Wine?

As regular readers of this blog know, I’m a Starbucks guy. Because my work does not require me to be tied to an office, I do a great deal of my daily work at a couple of Starbucks locations, both

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Fogerty, Steve Miller Band, Toby Keith Headline Sonoma Music Festival

The end of summer may be nearing, but that does not mean an end to some great outdoor music in California’s wine country. To close out this week, I’d like to share colleague Michael Coats’ media release on the Sonoma

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Kicking Off the Harvest Season in Carneros

The Tognetti-Bayview Vineyard in the Carneros region of California’s North Coast kicked off the 2016 grape harvest for sparkling wine specialist Schramsberg. The first grapes were brought in on August 3. “The Bayview vineyards every year come in earliest of

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Want to Go Wine Tasting? You Have No Excuse!

If you’ve really been wanting to visit a winery but have thought they’re simply too far away from where you live, allow me to explode that myth. Presuming you live in the United States or Canada, the numbers say you

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Lightly Sweet Wines & Pairings for Soda Fans

“Do you like Pepsi?” That’s an easy question for someone to answer, presuming they’ve tasted the soft drink. Some may answer in the affirmative, others may say they prefer Coca-Cola, and still others may say they avoid soft drinks altogether.

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What’s That? You’ve Never Had Wine With a Cupcake?

Every Tuesday and Thursday night, six or seven food trucks park in a lot that’s a about a half-mile from our place. We’ve been driving by this mini culinary camp for months, nearly every time saying something like, “We’ve got

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Thanks for the Memories, Riviera Hotel and Summit Inn

It’s ironic that just one day after the last tower of the Riviera Hotel was imploded, the Summit Inn burned to the ground. The Riviera was the ninth casino and the first high-rise to be built on the Las Vegas

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Cheese, Charcuterie and Pinot Grigio for Your Next Get-Together

Planning a get-together? Perhaps for your fantasy football league draft, or the first PTA meeting of the new school year? An easy way to cater it is to combine a classic cheese plate with a charcuterie board, and open a

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