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Our Favorite Things: Holiday Edition

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Tis the season to attend parties, dinners and give gifts, both big and small.  We don’t want you to forget about your “wineo” friends or the host of a special holiday festivity, As such, I have a list of impressive and practical gifts for your consideration.  The price varies, but most on the list are Read the full article…

Survival Tips for Holiday Wine Country Travel

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Many Bay Area locals as well as out-of-towners will take advantage of a long holiday weekend and head for the hills (and valley). The hills of California wine country. Why not? If the weather is sunny and warm, it’ll make for a wonderful drive to tasting room destinations that have indoor and outdoor seating with Read the full article…

Beaujolais Nouveau Day

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Corks Popped ‘Round the World as Beaujolais Nouveau Season is Officially Launched! In keeping with a fun French wine tradition, Beaujolais Nouveau wines have been released into the market places, with particular fanfare in certain big city markets like New York, LA, Boston, Tokyo and Paris. What exactly is this wine and why the special Read the full article…

Going Rogue with Thanksgiving Food & Wine

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Several years ago, I very reluctantly had my first “alternative” Thanksgiving dinner.  When I asked my “home chef” boyfriend if we could host Thanksgiving for a few relatives in town, little did I know he was adamantly opposed to traditional holiday food fare.  When I saw the grocery list, sans turkey, I knew I had Read the full article…

Fall Into Rosé

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If you are one of those people who adheres to seasonal cliches and rules, such as no white clothes can be worn after Labor Day, then you’re going to think I’m highly unfashionable with my latest wine declaration: It’s ok to drink rose wines after summer! I’ve always been an ardent advocate of roses as Read the full article…

Napa Wineries Bounce Back, Post Quake

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After forging through the strongest earthquake since 1989 in Napa, most of the areas 400 plus wineries only suffered minor damages, and it’s back to business as usual. Going along the major highways and roads through Napa Valley, post the recent quake, it’s as if no disaster just took place at all. There are seemingly Read the full article…

Is It a Bakery or Wine Bar? In Praise of the Pop Up

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I’m intrigued by Pop Up restaurants and wine bars.  I love the idea, the efforts behind them, and I even love the title- “Pop Up.” Where some view it as representing some sort of insignificant spontaneous event or an after thought, I see it as a project of dedication, determination and passion. There are restaurateurs Read the full article…

Tequila Mockingbird

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An English major walks into a bar …  Congrats, you fought through War and Peace, burned through Fahrenheit 451, and sailed through Moby-Dick. All right, you nearly drowned in Moby-Dick, but you made it to shore- and you deserve a drink! *** A friend of mine went birthday gift shopping for me and all I Read the full article…

A Revolution in Taste & California Tastemakers

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I have been devouring my latest book purchase, The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste. in it, San Francisco Chronicle wine writer, Jon Bonne explores emerging California wine producers that are rejecting the status quo style of California winemaking that crept in since late 90s. You Read the full article…

Local Wines in Brooklyn

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This is a tasting room and “winery” outpost in NYC’s hipster borough of Brooklyn.  Not Manhattan, not Long Island or Finger Lakes, but Brooklyn.  That takes care of the first half of the name.  For the second half- Oenology, the art and science of winemaking, a word usually reserved for wine industry insiders and even Read the full article…