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. Here is the recipe: Ingredients: About 20-30 baby redskin potatoes, or fewer if larger and halved 1 thinly sliced large sweet onion 1 cup pitted kalamata olives 5 cloves thinly sliced garlic 1 1/2 cup […]

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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 the blue fields and grease the night. It was if someone had spread butter on all the fine points of the stars ‘Cause when he looked up they started to […]

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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 a fabulous seafood dish.  He sent me a text that we were having “Aegean-braised fish with white beans and potatoes.” Me, always the smartass, asked him if he went […]

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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 yourself to subtle wines, just keep walking…this one is not for you. But if you love them big, this is your wine. The color is an inky, impenetrable purple that borders on black. Light just […]

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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 ago my father suffered a heart attack, was rushed to the hospital, and then promptly had two more of them as he was being treated. During recovery he has […]

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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 anyone thinking that was even remotely funny? Then these sick bastards sent this message: You Chicken will officially be returned to your safety by monday. In the mean time the rooster’s will have their […]

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Wine Country Travel: The Inn at Occidental

Lucky for us, the Inn at Occidental offers a fabulous gourmet breakfast every morning from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. I had spotted a sign when we’d arrived the night before that said breakfast was served downstairs from the reception area. And we could almost taste the applewood bacon as we walked through the second floor of the house and made our way down two flights of stairs to the dining area. French doors provide entry directly from the handicapped parking area, for those who aren’t able to navigate the stairs.

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Another Wine Byte 10: For the Love of Parker?

Let’s face it; Robert Parker does have influence — and it’s huge. Wineries and wine makers care about Robert Parker because he is King Maker. And all the traditional writers want to talk about the numbers. What number did Parker give the wine? Because if Parker doesn’t like your wine, and gives you a “bad number” the traditional writers aren’t going to suggest that people buy your wine. And that, my friends, is very bad for business. But, what about the consumers? Frankly, OMG I am about to commit a sacrilege here: some wine drinkers do not care what Robert Parker thinks. In fact, many a casual wine drinker does not even know who Robert Parker is!

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