Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 4 – Knives)

In part one of this series we examined the importance of good pans. Parts two and three discussed shallots and pine nuts respectively. Today in part four we talk about the importance of good knives. Like with pans, purchasing a good knife is an investment, and a fairly significant one to boot. I mainly use only 4 knives for everything, plus one specialty blade (an ultra-sharp salmon knife). A serrated knife for bread and a […]

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2009 Wine Country Calendar now available

Featuring photos from 2008 Wine Blogger Conference Wineries For this weekend only (through Sunday) our 2009 Wine Country Sonoma calendar featuring photos from Sonoma County wineries and vineyards is 50% off! Created especially for the folks at Another Wine Blog, the calendar also includes photos from events during the North American Wine Blogger Conference sponsored by Open Wine Consortium at the Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa in October 2008. Take an inside look at wineries […]

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Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk

Cigarettes and chocolate milk These are just a couple of my cravings Everything it seems I like’s a little bit stronger A little bit thicker, a little bit harmful for me If I should buy jellybeans Have to eat them all in just one sitting Everything it seems I like’s a little bit sweeter A little bit fatter, a little bit harmful for me -Rufus Wainwright “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk” There are people who strictly […]

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A Little Wine Science

The New York Times recently had a good article about the chemical reactions that cause flaws to disappear and tannins to soften, as well as gadgets sold to effect these changes. I am usually skeptical of both wine gadgets and conventional wine wisdom on this subject. Wine folks do things like opening bottles and letting them sit for hours in the hopes of letting oxygen enter and cause a reaction that softens the tannins. We […]

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Wines from the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Luncheon

Duckhorn Vineyards 2007 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc I ran across a story at KansasCity.com talking about the wines chosen to be served at President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Luncheon today; a Duckhorn Vineyards 2007 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, and a 2005 Golden Eye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Say the good folks at Duckhorn Vineyards: We are honored to announce that the 2007 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and the 2005 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir […]

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Another Wine Byte 3: Noble Rot

Here is the third 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!) AWByte #3 – What is Noble Rot? We’re voracious readers.  In fact, I don’t believe the day is done until I’ve read a least a few pages of whatever book I have on the nightstand. Recently we picked up Noble Rot: A Bordeaux Wine Revolution […]

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A rosé by any other name…

We adults in America still tend to be like teenagers when it comes to wine. If something is perceived as popular, trendy, pricey or difficult to obtain, it’s all the rage — we simply must have it! And we all must have it–now–even if we don’t like it. And we skip anything that has been deemed passé, cliché, or as my teenagers tell me used to be popular “so yesterday.”

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