Yearly Archives: 2013

Champagne Offers Sparkling Variety: Reflections on 31 Bottles

What’s it like tasting 31 Champagnes in one afternoon? Well, part of it stinks because you have to spit them out. I am, after all, compelled to maintain my professionalism at an industry event. But just because it’s not a boozy experience doesn’t mean it isn’t compelling, if not captivating. If you think Champagne is [More]

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A Wine More Irresistible Than A Sea Otter Stacking Cups

What, you haven’t seen this video of a cup-stacking sea otter at the Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, WA? If you are in need of an overload of adorableness to get you through the day, this is the video you need to watch over and over again. It will permeate your thoughts long [More]

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Touring and Tasting at Jordan Vineyard and Winery

Courtesy of the folks at Jordan Winery and Vineyard in Sonoma’s scenic Alexander Valley, I got to spend a couple days and nights hanging out at the winery and touring the over 1,200 acre (!) property. I thought it was time to flex my podcasting muscles a bit and record a show in an entirely [More]

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Affordable Wines and Pumpkin-Friendly Wines for Thanksgiving Dinner

I have been super-busy over on Foodista the last week or so. Thanksgiving is kind of a big deal for any food website. (Stating the obvious.) If you haven’t seen what I’ve been up to, here are a trio of posts to get you thinking about pumpkin dishes, from the savory and vegetarian to the [More]

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Suprisingly Sweet Parsnip Pie For A Vegan Thanksgiving

Y’all know I love dairy and meat, right? But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy food devoid of any animal products. I actually cook mostly vegan for myself at home, as a way to counteract richness-laden wine dinners (cry me a river, I know!) and late night pizza and burritos. You may recall my last [More]

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10 Thoughts About 40 Years of Joseph Phelps Vineyards

When your Mom wants to visit the place that makes her favorite wine, Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia, there’s only one way to respond: “Let’s go!” An iconic Napa Valley winery, it’s a short, windy-road drive to get to Joseph Phelps from the storied Silverado Trail road. We rolled into the winery and sat down with [More]

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The Pleasures of Geyserville: A Place, A Bottle, A Memory

When I think of Geyserville, CA, I am reminded of two things: pizza and Ridge Vineyards. While the best pizza I ever ate episode has been documented on this fair blog, I returned home to Seattle to be transported back to this small town via a wine named for the same place. The 2010 Ridge [More]

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Bake and Destroy’s Vegan Green Bean Casserole Pizza and Dry Riesling

Do you find vegans take themselves too seriously? Lacking a bit in the fun department? Well get ready to smash those stereotypes with Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans by Natalie Slater. I was sent a promotional copy, checked out some of the recipes, and the wheels started turning. You might wonder what [More]

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