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U.S. Chefs share their outlook on food trends in 2016

Posted on: March 10th, 2016 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

The food and beverage world continues to redefine itself, whether it’s adapting to food trends or promoting sustainability. Needless to say, the world of dining is ever-changing. So, what’s in store for 2016 and beyond? Is healthy and organic here to stay? Three top U.S. chefs share their outlook on 2016 food trends, and... Read More

Red blend crazy: Tasting the whole Shebang

Posted on: March 6th, 2016 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Every wine has something to catch the eye (and palate) of the buyer, but this one pushes the red blending thing in a slightly different direction. Its creators have chosen the following Zinfandel-Carignane route and melded it all together quite well. And this technique is starting to catch on. With vitners like Ridge Vineyards... Read More
2011 Semillon

Semillon: Sauvignon Blanc’s little secret

Posted on: February 17th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Formulating wine blends to achieve tastes that are greater than the sum of their parts has been practiced for 1000’s of years.  And even today, there is no sign of this “winemaker’s blending predilection” letting up. One of the best examples of this is the extraordinary effort that goes into most top shelf Sauvignon... Read More
Sean Minor Chardonnay

Sean Minor Chardonnay: An Affordable Celebration

Posted on: February 5th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Finalizing beverage selections when planning entertainment for friends and family is a challenge for all of us, but a great place to start is with Chardonnay. Of all the wines that you set out for enjoyment, a nicely-priced, interesting Chard, is a Priority-1 essential. But many Chardonnays, even those that are supposedly “un-oaked”, still have a... Read More
Friday Bites with Geeks Who Eat

Friday Bites With Geeks Who Eat

Posted on: January 29th, 2016 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Within the course of media events and restaurant openings we have the opportunity to meet new and interesting people; people who share the same passion for food and supporting local business that we do. We have been seeing a lot of Sarah and Matt of Geeks Who Eat lately, and have really enjoyed getting... Read More
Saldo Zinfandel

Saldo Zinfandel: Plain label, a lively wine within

Posted on: January 11th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you ever used a “Dymo Label Maker” to squeeze off tags at work, you’re probably old enough to buy wine in any of our 50 states. Now, mostly replaced by other labeling systems, this classic does show up now and then. But stuck on a bottle of wine? Now that’s a stretch! After spinning off... Read More
Chateau Montelena Cabernet

A Classic Cabernet and a Wine-Rack Staple

Posted on: November 20th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

California’s vintages have been so close in recent years that it is always a treat to pick out selections from wineries that like to intentionally amplify the character differences from year to year.  Since most wineries pride themselves in year-to-year consistency, these selections are relatively limited. But one winery that has made significant contributions... Read More
Viader Tempranillo

A Final Vintage Opportunity: Viader Tempranillo

Posted on: November 8th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Many wineries regularly offer wines made from special grape varietals in limited quantities and only at certain times of the year.  This is often a bummer because it always seems that once you get around to tasting a really good selection and then make the decision to buy more, the wine is nowhere to... Read More
Food Whore by Jessica Tom

How Far Would Your Love of Food Take You?

Posted on: October 26th, 2015 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

It takes a great writer to draw you in with whimsical stories of freshly baked bread and fragrant fruit compotes and the like. The best of those writers will have you scrambling for your keys and in the middle of your closest grocery store to pick up all you need to make what you... Read More
Field Stone Winery

Field Stone Winery: Keeping the vinos in the family

Posted on: October 16th, 2015 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

There are so many examples of true family operated wineries producing fantastic small-lot masterpieces that they could fill an entire book.  But when it comes down to actually paying them a visit, it’s become another story. The current state of touring these truly family-run wineries has been steadily trending from what was once “just... Read More

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