Category Archives: Wine

Our Delightful Escape from Paso Robles to Monterey: Day Four

In our first three reports on this Paso Robles road trip we described the absolutely wonderful time we experienced at great Paso wineries, restaurants and hotels. Officially ‘El Paso de Robles’ and translated “The Pass of the Oaks”, is located … Continue reading

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La Soirée: French Elegance In San Francisco

The 37th Edition of the French-American Gastronomy & Wine show, ”La Soirée: Couture Garden Party“, was an elegant and delightful event last Friday night at The Design Center of San Francisco. Exquisite food, outstanding wines, an eye popping venue and a sultry … Continue reading

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Falling Back in Love with Merlot – Masters of Merlot Tasting

For about a decade now Merlot has been out of favor among the average wine drinker. Some suggest that the 2004 cult film ‘Sideways’ caused this downfall in favor of Pinot Noir, Miles’ (Paul Giamatti) favorite. Experts in the field … Continue reading

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Stories of Sonoma County featured in recent ZAP Event

Cline Cellars in the Carneros region of Sonoma County was the brilliant host to the most recent wine tasting event sponsored by Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP).  ZAP, if you don’t know, is a membership-based organization that advances knowledge and … Continue reading

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Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula: Beauty and History Combined

Croatia is a fabulous country blending spectacular coastline, mountains, lakes and islands as well as Roman, Venetian and Austrian history.  Oh yeah, it’s also a southern Slavic country that was part of the former Yugoslavia and they produce outstanding wines! … Continue reading

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Fabulous Valpolicella – Our Most Excellent European Adventure: Part 2

After our delightful and brief visit to Lugano (see Part 1), Switzerland, we motored on through Lombardia, Italy toward the amazing wine country of Valpolicella. Along the way we stopped for lunch in Bergamo (less than 2 hours drive from … Continue reading

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A Sip & Savor Experience: B Cubed

We just completed a very serendipitous experience this evening with a last-minute tasting at Healdsburg’s newest tasting lounge. Barrels, Brews and Bites is the brainchild of founder and proprietor Saunda Kitchen. Self-described as ‘A Sip & Savor Experience’, the menu … Continue reading

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