This Week in Beer: Craft Beer Festivals in Madison and San Francisco!

Craft and artisan beer lovers can celebrate ales, lagers, stouts, porters and more this week in Madison, Wisconsin and San Francisco, California. Going on now is the 5th Annual Madison Craft Beer Week (MCBW) with special events like tap takeovers, special releases, Cinco de Mayo parties and Brewer Meet and Greets all over Madison. The 32nd annual San Francisco International Beer Festival (SFIBF or BeeFest) takes place on Saturday, May 9th at the Fort Mason […]

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Exclusive Santa Barbara Pinot Noir Release to Benefit Breast Cancer Research

Santa Barbara, California’s Carr Vineyards & Winery is releasing their 2013 Marie’s Pinot Noir tomorrow, May 1, 2015, with proceeds to benefit breast cancer research. Very limited in production, and a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Marie’s Pinot Noir is limited to a mere 50 cases. The idea to create this very special 2013 Pinot Noir came from entertainment industry icon Budd Carr, who lost his mother to Breast Cancer when he was just 10 years old. […]

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Wine Tasting, How Not To Do It

I don’t particularly care for large tastings. I’ve been trained to do it, and have enough experience to be qualified to do it competently. But I don’t like doing it all that much. The same goes for tasting and evaluating wine on its own. I am actually quite good at it,  but it is not something I relish doing. It seems to me that these things are the equivalent of studying the words in a […]

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Bay Oaks Country Club to host Wine Pairing for “Communities in Schools” Fundraiser

Bay Oaks Country Club will host a golf tournament, silent auction, dinner, “Mystery Wine Grab” and wine pairing event Monday, April 13th, in Clear Lake to benefit Bay Area Communities in Schools. Now in its fourth year, the annual event has tapped local wine writers and consultants Joe Power and Amy Corron Power, of our own Another Wine Blog, to act as event sommeliers for the “Raise Your Class” Wine Pairing Event this year. What […]

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Brenner’s on the Bayou to Host 6th Annual Wine Festival in Houston

Stroll along Houston’s Buffalo Bayou sipping award-winning wines paired with delicious and creative cuisine this Saturday, April 11th, when Brenner’s on the Bayou hosts the 6th Annual Wine Festival just off Memorial Drive, minutes from Downtown near Memorial Park. Guests can celebrate Spring from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the lush urban oasis setting, with live music by Midstream, a Houston variety dance band that performs hits from the 40s to the present. Wine pairings […]

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Meat Madness: BBQ Couple is In It to Win It!

Mary Cressler and Sean Martin are on a mission to win the 2015 Tournament Bracket. Down to the Final Four in Round Five of Traeger Wood Pellet Grills #MeatMadness recipe contest has Mary posting pictures of herself rockin’ some Totally ’80s Bangs, another of her standing in front a propeller plane, and a “Vote for Nachos” nod to Napoleon Dynamite. The contest started on March 15th with 64 entrants for the first round of the […]

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Westerly 2010 Merlot (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara)

Cocoa, exotic spices, lavender blackberries and blueberries on the nose with blackberry jam and spice flavors, this boutique 2010 Merlot from Westerly in Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara makes a fool of anyone who pulled their Merlot vines after “Sideways.” Rich, seductive and perfect with a New York Strip. I wish we had a case of this. It is a fabulous Merlot. At $30 it’s an absolute steal.  Go get some. NOW! Alcohol by volumes […]

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Eating Calçots: Deep Throat in Barcelona

Barcelona is a food lovers’ paradise — where supper starts at 9:00 or 10:00 in the evening and can go on well past midnight. You will not leave a restaurant hungry, and can sample multiple dishes in the form of world-famous “tapas” (small plates). The Swine is King and one can even find Jamón serrano in a cone along the streets near the tourist centers. I have been here since late Monday on a media […]

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Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure Announces 2015 Winemaker Line-up, Plus New Events

Paso Robles, CA – February 17, 2015 – Garagiste Events today announced that tickets are now on sale for the third annual Santa Ynez Valley-based “Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure,” which will feature over 60 of the area’s hard-to-find, micro-production commercial “garagiste**” winemakers. All festivities will take place at the beautiful, Mission-style Veterans’ Memorial Hall in the heart of Solvang, California from March 27th – 29th. Proceeds benefit the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture program. Dubbed […]

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