Project Y-ine – World Tour 2009

Some friends of ours have launched a new research project called Project Y-ine, and have taken it on the road. Amy and I are definitely not part of Generation Y, but since we were born between Gen X and the Boomers, we have no particular generational allegiences and fully support this project. As it involves drinking beer and wine with our delightful friends Ashley (The Beer Wench) and Shana Ray (Sharayray) and very little other […]

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One for You, Two for Me: Blending Can be FUN!

Joe definitely is the cook in our house.  He has also had success making his own beer. But there is a little something I can brag about from out latest trip to Wine Country – blending. I won two of three blending contests. My individual honor came at a blending session in the wine cave at HALL, after we and a few other wine journalists (aka bloggers) spent the day learning about the HALL practices […]

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Bread Porn

We spend so much time trying to protect ourselves and our families from various microbes and the ensuing spoilage that they can cause that most of us probably do not stop and think about the wonders that they also produce. Imagine life without fermentation, If you are a regular reader of this space, chances are that is a very scary proposition. Fermentation is really nothing more than complex organic substances being broken down into simpler […]

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Beware of Wine Bloggers!

Steve Heimoff knows a lot about wine, and he is a pretty decent writer. So, when he warns us about a new threat to the wine community we should heed his words. Here are the aforementioned words of wisdom and warning: The worst thing a wine blog can do is to shill, however inadvertantly, for a winery or region. The minute I read about someone’s “delightful” visit to so-and-so, they’ve lost me. Visits may indeed […]

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Best Moment of an Overwhelmingly Good Trip

This trip to California is winding down, we are packing to leave. Instead of thinking about returning to my cage tomorrow, I am focusing on the amazing memories this journey has provided. There are so many things that I will remember for all of my days, but one thing stands out overwhelmingly to me above everything else. I am not easily starstruck. In a previous life I was a union stagehand and either met or […]

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WBC09: Our Sunday Side Trips

Today was the last day of the 2009 North American Wine Bloggers’ Conference.  Today’s events included breakout sessions and vineyard walks. Joe attended one of the breakouts, while I was leisurely packing for our next excursion. Last year we joined our fellow bloggers at Michel Schlumberger for the truly fabulous vineyard tour. But since we had visited them again in March for Wine River Road Barrel Tasting, this year we had arranged for some other […]

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