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Month: June 2017

South Africa Hit to Sonoma County Miss – Updated

The rains on the coast have been torrential and constant these last days.  So when friends from Florida showed up as they were passing through, they added some sunshine to this dreary day.  We opened a Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa that was given to us by friends recently.  It was the perfect wine to start the evening. Spier 1692 Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – Stellenbosch, South Africa This wine is pale yellow with flashes of green when it hits the light.  My first sip is a bit bitter and astringent, but I followed my own advice and waited a few minutes…

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Workshop: A Food Concept Incubator

* Workshop * My friend Eve and I had lunch yesterday. It had been a while, so we had lots of catching up to do. We decided to check out Workshop, at 1503 King Street just north of downtown.  As they say on the website, “Welcome to Workshop, Charlestons’s exploratory food court.  Try something new at one of six rotating kitchens, where emerging and renowned chefs experiment with culinary concepts.” Food court equals choices so since neither of us knew what we were hungry for this was the perfect spot.  As we drove north on King St. we saw 1501 on a building,…

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Lemon is Summer & Dinner for Four!

Saturday we had friends, Shawn and Michael over for dinner.  With Shawn being a destination wedding planner and me a wedding photographer, it takes some doing to find a Saturday when all four of us are free.  It was so great to catch up. Shawn and I’s cocktail wine was a bottle of the French, La Galoche, Beaujolais Blanc 2016.  Gary and Michael started with the Greek, Galavas Voudomato 2016 Rosé.  With dinner, we drank the Spanish Casa Morales, Rioja 2016 Rosé and ended the night with a bottle of the French, Puech Haut Prestige 2016 Rosé.  We were all over the…

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Bread Pudding: Oh, I am a Bad Boy!

I was going to write this post for tomorrow, but when I woke up this morning, I saw today is National Donut Day.  So I got busy and posted it today. Ok, now I bet you are confused.  The title says bread pudding but you had to post because it’s National Donut Day?  What gives?   Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding.  That is what gives. Now before you get to the recipe, you must know that bread pudding is one of my all-time favorite desserts.  As such, I have rules about what makes this dessert “to die for” versus “to die from.”…

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Question & Answer: On Life, Liberty and Wine

Actually, I am only answering questions about wine.  I will leave life and liberty to someone else. Question 1.  What is terroir and how do you say it? Answer: First, it is pronounced {terr-wah}.   Terroir the French word used to describe the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate.  Because all plants gather their nutrition through the ground, the water, and the sun, these elements all play a significant role in creating flavor in grapes that are unique to that location.  Looking at the ground in the images below you…

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