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From the Outside, Looking In

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For most of my life I have felt like an outsider looking in. Not way outside, because I am pretty good at standing on the edge of the circle and looking like I belong. The problem is, I just never ...

Only You Can Prevent Vegetable Abuse

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Vegetables often get a very bad name. Sometimes it is deserved, but more often than not it's your fault. Yes, your fault! Mine too. Here's one half of the problem; people like me make fun of vegetables, and probably even more ...

Celebrate 2015 with a Host of Bubbles and Sparklers!

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Salud! Cin-Cin! 干杯  Skål!  Santé! ΥΓΕΙΑ!  Živjeli! Prost! What better way to say "Cheers" than with Champagne and sparkling wines from around the world! What makes a wine "sparkling?" Sparkling wine is different from "still" wine in that it contains ...

Handwritten 2011 Stags Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Decadently dark and sultry with aromas of black currant, cassis, tobacco and leather, the 2011 Handwritten Stags Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon boasts seductive flavors of blackberry, smoked cherries, and offers virile tannins that suggests an executive boardroom tryst. We tasted this one along ...

Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers

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If you are like me, you purchased your holiday gifts months ago. But if you are more excited by the idea of last-minute gift giving, you started shopping yesterday, and are ready to pay a premium for shipping. Looking for the perfect ...

The “F” Word and Mother Nature’s Lady Parts: VINTAGE 2014

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If you think you know what someone means when she says "the 'F' Word," you probably have not spent much time with a winemaker. Talk of Lady parts and Mother Nature's ass -- it was not quite was I expected ...

Cornerstone Oregon 2012 Willamette Valley Chardonnay

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Lemon zest, whipped pineapple, slate and toasted vanilla on the nose, the straw-hued 2012 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Chardonnay tastes of Meyer lemons, vanilla and a tiny hint of plantain. Crisp acidity balanced with a creamy malo mid palate and ...

Cornerstone Cellars 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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An incredible steak companion, the Cornerstone Cellars 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon vastly exceeds expectations in a vintage that challenged other wineries. No challenge here. A beautiful wine that hints at Bordeaux but delivers California. Opulent dark fruit aromas with notes ...

Vineyard Writing Retreats offered for Winter/Spring 2015

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If you are a writer like me, you need peace and tranquility to do your best work. A beautiful view is an added bonus. If you are looking for a retreat where you can put pen to paper so-to-speak, Writing ...

Santa Barbara wineries to premier Vintage 2014 films with Dec 10th Twitter Tasting

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Nearly a year in the making, Kickstarter project Vintage 2014 is set to premier three short films online Wednesday, December 10 with a live simultasting of wines from growers and wineries featured in the eagerly anticipated documentary. Wine bloggers, food writers ...

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