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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 ...

2006 Mounts Family Winery Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah

I love Petite Sirah. It is big, fruity, powerful and typically delicious. The 2006 Mounts Family Winery Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah lives up to that introduction quite well. It is loaded with huge flavors and aromas. If you limit ...

Terroir of the Heart and Soul

All the photographs are peeling and colors turn to gray, he stayed in his room with memories for days, he faced an undertow of future's laid to waste, embraced by the loss of one he could not replace -Sad Lyrics, Pearl Jam A couple of weeks ...

Chicken-napping update

There has been some movement in the case of my beloved missing chicken. The evil genius pirates that took him hostage have delivered a couple of communiques. The first was delivered as an image and is reproduced below. Can you imagine ...

Don’t Spill Burgundy on My Brassiere – Part Deux

"All the old paintings on the tombs They do the sand dance ...don't you know If they move too quick (oh whey oh) They're falling down like ...a domino" According to the Travel Industry Association, 17 percent of American leisure travelers, or 27.3 million people, have engaged ...

Wine Country Travel: The Inn at Occidental

Every year since Joe first saw the episode about Sonoma Barrel Tasting on the Travel Channel, he's wanted to go to  the festivities. But Barrel Tasting also coincides with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, where I am a committee ...

Another Wine Byte 10: For the Love of Parker?

Here is the tenth 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!) Recently I was listening to a wine show podcast. One of ...

An Unspeakable Tragedy

Faithful readers of this blog know that I am a huge fan of Twisted Oak Wines. Not only do they sell some top notch juice, but they have a fantastic sense of humor, as evidenced by their rubber chicken fetish. ...