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How to Host the Perfect Summer Barbecue

Don’t let anyone tell you differently: You can’t host a classy barbecue for neighbors, co-workers, family and/or friends without wine. Yes, BBQ-and-beer have been “a thing” for eons. But if you really want to impress your peeps with your grilling

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The Past, Present and Future of White Wine

Everything goes in cycles, and so it is with white wine. In ancient times, much of the most coveted wine was white — typically sweet, and often fortified so it could be transported from the place of origin to faraway

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Posted in Editor's Journal

It’s Okay to Blush: The Enduring Appeal of Rosé Wines

Do you have a guilty pleasure? I have a few, and one of them is rosé wine. Truly, I shouldn’t feel guilty about it at all, because a nice glass (or two) of rosé on a warm spring or hot

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes, Wine in the Glass

4 Tips for To-Die-For BBQ and Wine Pairings

Summertime… and the grilling is easy… Oops. Sorry. Sometimes I subconsciously meld Gershwin and barbecuing. But you’ll never have that problem if you follow these tips for pairing wine with barbecue fare… Take your time. Barbecued food attains the height

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It’s Barbecue Time — Are You Wine Ready?

Nicasio means “the hidden one,” which makes Nicasio an apt name for a little village in the rolling hills of western Marin County, north of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Nicasio’s historic town square consists of St. Mary’s Church (established

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An Under-the-Radar Destination for BBQ, Wine and Music

One of the great joys of traveling to California’s North Coast wine country is discovering little hidden gems for dining. It’s easy to find Michelin-starred restaurants in the printed guidebooks and through online resources, but I much prefer to find

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Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

The Thrill of the Grill… With Thrilling Wines

We love the aromas and flavors that oak barrel aging impart in wine — aromas and flavors that range from sweet to smoky. But because those flavors can be so assertive, many wines that see extensive time in new oak

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Pinquito Beans: A Key Part of a Santa Maria-Style Barbecue Feast

In yesterday’s blog, we shared the history of the Santa Maria-style barbecue, as well as my favorite place to partake of this unique regional cuisine — a restaurant just north of Santa Maria called Jocko’s. Today, we share a recipe

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What to Drink With Santa Maria-Style Barbecue

The roots of Santa Maria-style barbecue date back to the mid-1800s, when massive ranches occupied the hills of California’s Santa Maria Valley. Local ranchers regularly fed their ranch hands by barbecuing meat over earthen pits filled with oak wood coals.

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Under-the-Radar Wine Pairings

Blink an eye, and the month of July is half over! July is packed with “food days” — those official (or otherwise) celebrations of everything from (in the case of July) corn fritters to jelly beans. In fact, there is

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