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Decanting: Take Your Wine for a Little Spin

Joe is notorious for his suspicion of all unsolicited marketing e-mail and press releases. Back when he wrote most of the posts on the blog, Joe tended to either hit "Delete" or send a reply that would pretty much guarantee ...

Mother’s Day Blessings

NOTE: This was originally posted last Mother's Day. The menu has changed, but the sentiments have not. Happy Mother's Day! Holidays are a time when we take stock of how we have been blessed in life. Today leads me to think ...

Another Wine Byte 11: Wines with a Tan

Here is the eleventh in our weekly series of Another Wine Bytes; information about wine you can use to impress your friends (but not in an obnoxious way, of course!) I have a very fair complexion. So much so that people ...

If I want a little Syrah should I order a Petite Sirah?

Wine can seem confusing, which is why so many people stick to Cabernet or Chardonnay, or if they are feeling especially adventurous, a Merlot or a Pinot Gris. When we start drinking wine, just distinguishing between those varietals can be ...

Restaurant Review: Pope’s Pairings Protect Plonk

I think I was sitting in Toledo, avoiding study of some law-school related subject, when I first heard about Alice Waters' Chez Panisse. The concept of growing local, buying local, and serving healthy, organic dishes that actually taste good was ...

Weekend Round-up – Around the Food and Wine Blogs

There have been so many great posts about food and wine around these Interwebs lately that I felt like sharing some. I hope that you enjoy these as much as I did. I have not had the time to visit DrinkPlanner ...

Can Red Wine Reduce Swine Flu Risk?

My mother is an alarmist. She’s always been that way.  Remember the children’s story (and movie) about Chicken Little?  “The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!” It could have been written about my mother.  Growing up this way made me ...

Aegean Braised Fish with White Beans and Potatoes

This is a delicious Mediterranean style meal cooked in one pan. The olives give this an amazing flavor and aroma. We paired this with an Alexana Dundee Hills Willamette Valley 2007 Pinot Gris, and it went very well with it. ...

Off to Birdland

His father died and left him a little farm in New England. All the long black funeral cars left the scene And the boy was just standing there alone Looking at the shiny red tractor Him and his daddy used to sit inside And circle ...

Click your Heels 3 Times if you’re “Wild at Heart”

It's the Wizard of Oz for Grownups Love me tender, Love me true, All my dreams fulfilled. For my darlin' I love you, And I always will. ~ Elvis, Love Me Tender While I was playing on Facebook slaving away at the office, Joe was cooking ...