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Pairing Wine with Food: A Quagmire

When I say that pairing wine with food is a quagmire it is because the rules of yore have been tossed out the window. There is so much information… what to do, what to do? The red meat – big red wine rules only exist if you want. Now it is more of a “drink what you like” – just drink something.  Sure the guidelines still exist but most restaurants are not staffed with sommeliers and your server may or may not have the slightest clue about wine other than what they have been told by management.  Wine is more…

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Recommendations From My Retailers

I shop at several different wine stores in town, and I belong to a wine club. This is just the way I shop. I do the same with my grocery shopping as I am very particular about what brands I buy, the quality of the fresh produce and meats, and the uniqueness of their more obscure offerings. Each store has its strengths and weaknesses in these regards. The same holds true with wine stores albeit with different criteria. Perhaps a wine store has a focus on Old World wines, strictly California wines or only obscure small producers of biodynamic wines.…

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Ptown, So Long & Wine We Drank

Our Ptown vacation has come to an end. It was the longest we have ever stayed (7 nights/8 days), and it was still a few days too short. I needed some more down time, but it was just not in the cards. We only caught one show, comedian and television comedy writer Bruce Vilanch. You may not know his name, but you have heard his jokes as he has written for many, as well as the writer for the Academy Award shows. We missed an extraordinary opportunity but hope to hear about it from friends who snagged tickets.  Sally Field…

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Cheese Desert No More

If there is anything that I learned from living in Sweden as a high schooler and later traveling extensively throughout Europe, it is the following: You should not be able to see the bottom of your coffee cup when it’s full of just coffee. The darker and blacker the better. Wine is not just a beverage.  It can be for celebration or just dinner.  It can compliment, or it can stand alone. It is a great gift to give or receive even when you give and receive it to yourself. Bread should not be purchased in a plastic bag at a grocery store…

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Buy Wine: Caution and Preach!

Inflated Prices: Where to Buy Wine I was shopping in my local grocery store the other day.  Even though I rarely buy wine there, I always walk through the department to see what is going on.  This week I stumbled upon two wines that I have talked about in the past: Cote des Roses and Whispering Angel.  Damn, you will pay a hefty premium to buy these wines at the grocery.  Whispering Angel is $31.99 here.  At my local wine store it is $20.59 and at Costco, it is $18.99.  That is $13.00 more than at Costco and $11.40 more…

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Pinot Noir: Oh, Pinot How I Love Thee, Noir and Forever

A Pinot Noir Tasting Experience A couple weeks ago someone asked me about my favorite Northern California area wineries specifically in Napa and Sonoma Counties. Thinking a minute of my current faves I had to admit that I did not have a favorite from that region. I have never been to that region on a wine tour so my lack of familiarity is certainly key.  Additionally, I associate (rightly or wrongly) that region with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines and of all the red grape varietals these two are my least favorite.  Shame on me but I like what I…

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French Wine… Why can’t I find a “merlot”?

French versus American wine bottle labeling Today I thought I would share some information about wine labels.  Specifically the differences for French wine versus American wine (and most other regions).  I know many people who shy away from French wines because they are unfamiliar and when they search for something recognizable they strike out.  To fix that the first obstacle is understanding the labels on the bottle.  So let’s break this down first before we go any deeper. The American Label In the US the winery name is usually the most prominent on the label.  Then the grape varietal used…

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Let’s Revisit a Couple Things While I Enjoy a Red Blend

Revisit a thing or two Before I move to single subject posts, I want to revisit some of my past posts to tie up some loose ends.  My day job as a wedding photographer is picking up steam, so I need to start with these changes sooner rather than later so I can stay on top of both jobs. The Reunion Post Overwhelmed Wow!  The response to my post regarding my teenage bullying and reunion experience was overwhelming.  There were comments left on the blog, I got phone calls, emails, and Facebook comments. Everyone was incredibly supportive and very kind.  Many former…

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Holy Smoke, Azalea Confusion, Cashmere and a Seafood Ball

Azalea Confusion This winter has been … well not winter.  Yes, I know I moved south to get away from winter.  And yes, this confusion adds brightness and color to the yard early which is nice.  But after living in the south now for over a decade my blood has “thinned” so even the mildest winter can seem cold.  So this winter seems unseasonably bad.  We have had maybe a week of what I would call cold and only a couple days when a hat and gloves were needed once the sun went down and never during the day.  I…

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Friends and the Family Dogs

Happy Hour with Friends This past weekend we gathered with friends.  On Friday our snowbird friends came to the house for happy hour.  It’s a night of old dance music, take out dinner and lots and lots of laughter.  Well and wine of course.  We started with a red Côtes du Rhône from Domaine Courtois – La Source 2015.  I found this wine dry on the tongue with mild fruit on the light to medium bodied end of the spectrum.  I have had this wine before and liked it more before than I did tonight.  Gary on the other hand thought…

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