Celebrate Pedroncelli 90th Anniversary with Sauvignon Blanc Pairing!

Looking for an easy summer pairing to wow guests? Try Pedroncelli 2016 Dry Creek Valley East Side Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc with Mediterranean style Kalamata, Lemon and Feta Chicken for a fabulous flavorful earth and sunshine combination. Celebrating its 90th Anniversary, multi-generational family-owned Pedroncelli Winery is hosting on-site and virtual tastings with family owners sharing their latest releases. History of Pedroncelli Winery It was 1927 and the midst of the dark days of Prohibition, when Giovanni and Julia […]

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Mardi Gras: Pairing Wine with King Cake (Galette des Rois)

Wine with cake? Laissez les bon temps rouler! Fat Tuesday means King Cake, and we have just the recipe and the wine for you to spread the joie de vivre and as you celebrate Mardi Gras festivities! In the United States’ Christian traditions, Mardi Gras ( Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday) is the Tuesday before Lent when those preparing to fast celebrate with rich fatty foods, wine and perhaps a bit of debauchery. Beads, candy and […]

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Cooking to Pair with Multiple Wines: Green Valley of Russian River Valley

For many a home chef, it is relatively simple to pair a dish with a wine. You can consult Mr. Google, or visit a variety of wine sites, like Another Wine Blog, for suggestions. But suppose you have a recipe that pairs well with one red wine, but want to serve two different varieties – what then? That was my dilemma for a tasting of 3 wines from Green Valley of Russian River Valley hosted […]

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Only a Ginger can call a Ginger….SNAP!

One of my father’s favorite treats was a ginger snap cookie — or should I say cookies! M&Ms had nothing on this zesty treat – my dad could never eat just one ginger snap. He had this old green recliner with a former sewing basket as an end table. I would come home from my retail job at Lazarus to find him snacking away. “Hey Sissy,” he’d say, “want a ‘Snap?” Then he would reach into […]

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Méthode WineWonkette: DIY Fancy French Ginger Liqueur

I love ginger! I must try this at home, I think to myself as I sip Frank Plusk’s signature Domaine de Canton 2014 Global Bartender of the Year contest entry cocktail while chatting with a wine country friend in town for the weekend. So the next day I head to the Downtown Specs Liquor Warehouse (Smith Street) to pick up a bottle of Domaine de Canton to make my own Asian Lemon Drop Martini. I […]

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Onion Tart – Perfect for your holiday party or New Year’s brunch

This onion tart is the perfect complement to just about any sparkling wine. Take it to an office holiday potluck, serve it at your Christmas or New Year’s Eve party, or best of all for a holiday brunch. Then make it all year long if you want, and I believe you will want. If you’ve never had one, or only had them improperly prepared, an onion tart may not sound like the most appetizing dish. […]

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June 10th is National Iced Tea Day!

It was one of those days. In a long line of them. Three days before tax filing day my laptop crashed. The morning after another raucous TasteLive! event, I run a Microsoft update. Being late for work, and forgetting that I still have the winery’s media DVD in the drive, I choose “Install and shut down” and leave for work. Unfortunately, when I get home and attempt to start up the computer it goes into […]

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Sinfully Decadent Delights and Festive Champagne

There is a much-repeated myth that great sex stops after marriage. Politely speaking, a number of euphemisms come to mind. At worst, “that well dries up” and at best; “dessert turns to the plain vanilla variety.” Big Pharma’s latest goldmine promises to restore the dying embers. Names like Cialis and Viagra flash across the television screen while she wonders ‘why are they in separate bathtubs?” and he; “is there really anything wrong with more than […]

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What can a chicken teach us?

Hey man where’d you get That lotion? I been hurting Since I bought the gimmick About something called love Yeah something called love That’s like hypnotizing chickens Well I am just a modern guy Of course I’ve had it in the ear before -Lust for Life, Iggy Pop Why is it that some of the simplest things in life are the ones we never take the time to learn to do right? Since we can […]

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