08 May 2014
One of my favorite varietals, Pinot Noir’s flavor profile can range anywhere from soft and smoky to full and lush fruity wines. I like to call the many selections anywhere from the French barnyard Pinot to the California fruity Pinot. In tasting rooms across the country, people love drinking and saying the word “Pinot” because it exudes a sophistication more than other wines. In the movie,
30 Apr 2014
I have several ways of dealing with my selection. One that I often tell people is there are certain varietals you can pick by region that usually do not disappoint. For example, a Pinot Noir from Russian River, a Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, or Chateauneuf-du-Pape from just about any vineyard in France! Second is I analyze labels, but again this is time consuming. The best way is
13 Mar 2014
I love finding the most relaxing and most charming spots in wine country. This month I focused on garden wineries. What better time than spring to locate some great places to have a glass of wine, stroll through a lush landscape, and put your weekday worries aside. From a garden winery l visited in Carmel Valley that housed chirping blue birds and a rustic gold gate covered with wisteria to another in
19 Feb 2014
12 Feb 2014
As I find I have less and less time to prepare fresh meals during the week, my search has grown to find recipes that are simple to make but don’t consist of opening a box and boiling contents for a meal. Real Simple and The Nest are two of my favorite websites for finding delicious, easy prep recipes.
It’s the end of summer and what better way to celebrate the harvest than to revisit a favorite winery of mine in Calaveras County in the Sierras over Labor Day weekend. Previously named Laraine Winery, Four Winds Winery sits just off of HWY 4. The road leading into to Four Winds winery is called Six Mile Road and you wind your way through beautiful scenery including rolling hills, old barns, and roaming horses. The winery itself sits on a
10 Jul 2013
After a weekend in Napa and a stop at the Vintage Sweet Shoppe on Main Street, I wanted to recreate the experience at home of pairing wonderfully delicious chocolate with different wines. What makes chocolate and wine the quintessential pairing? Wine and chocolate both have notes. Chocolate can be bitter, rich, nutty, fruity- just to name a few. Contrary to popular belief, wine and chocolate are not
12 Jun 2013
06 Jun 2013
Welcome to my table! It’s in my bones to cook Italian and Mediterranean style dishes. Why I love Italian cuisine is because the simplest, purest ingredients can make the most delicious dishes. The antipasto course begins the ritual of any large Italian meal and jumps off the dining experience. Traditionally, it’s followed by not one, but two courses and then dessert! But, if your antipasto is large, you can always skip the multiple courses.