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Where's Bunny Foo Foo?Caught up in a sharknado of year end work? Did Stormageddon set your schedule back a week? Are you shopping for a regifter? Try gifting an experience. Whether you are biking distance or need to go transoceanic, Napa is a great spot to visit with a friend. The act of setting aside time to make memories is something you will never sell at a garage sale.
'Tis the season! If you are making a list and checking it twice, then scratching your head and trying to come up with something dazzling, let Santa Liza help out. Last year at our fund raising gala, one of the most hotly bid items, was what we called an "Armchair trip to Spain". We put together three bottles from three regions and packaged it as a way to get together with a few ...
Good friends and good times require good wines. You can't go wrong selecting Corison wines to gift, to visit or to order on the wine list if you see it. When I visited to taste this fall I was blown away not just by the wine, but by the feeling of family, quality and connection that emanates from Corison Winery.
Sysco Foods says, "Enjoy Life. Eat out more often". Not true. In fact one of the things I plan to do more of in 2015 is entertain to make quality time for friends and fun. Thanks to the Cultivar Wine club, I not only had two luxurious and potentially mouthwatering bottles to try, but I also had inspiration from Cultivar's cool blog.
Buying Halloween candy early is not something I recommend. I can't be trusted with candy, you see. So I always rush out a the last minute to buy. I usually pick up something fun to "pair". This year thanks to Wines of Germany, I previewed some tasty samples with a small assortment of candy (not the pounds of Mars- made deliciousness I scored at Costco and left in the garage) A ...
Back in the days of Punk, New Wave and 80’s synth pop I was a huge fan of DEVO and their driving synthesized beats carrying tunes of social de-evolution and political angst. So when I was invited to meet Gerald (Jerry) Casale, one of the founding fathers of DEVO, I jumped at the chance to chat with him and taste his wines at the McLoughlin Gallery in San Francsiso.
Mexico is a fascinating wine region. @lusciouslushes and I had so much fun researching and presenting for the IWINETC conference (slideshare here: Surprise! Mexico is a region that has been producing wine since the 1800's. Mexico itself is a wonderful region to travel in as I found on my sojourn to colonial Mexico, enjoying the ruins of Palenque, the nightlife of Veracruz and ...
What could be better than the passion of flamenco, the sparkle of wine, the sizzle of paella and time with your friends? I just got back from vacation but am so ready to embark on my mini-break to Spain. How? By attending the Catalan Festival at Gloria Ferrer this weekend. Best of all the proceeds to go an amazing cause Sonoma Valley Ed ...
Mosel Riesling grapesThe Summer of Riesling continues as we celebrate July's 31 Days of German Riesling. Having just returned from Santa Barbara County where Rieslings are as beautiful as denizens of Manhattan Beach (and as rare as those specimens among the rest of us), it's fun to turn to two examples of German Riesling waiting on my sample shelf.
The best way to start out a wine destination adventure has got to be by air. When I embarked upon the preconference for 2013 WBC I left from Seattle, got on an un-air conditioned bus and made the trek to Lake Chelan. It was so worth it to explore this interesting and tasty AVA. Only since 2009 has this wine play ground been designated an AVA, but what an awesome spot it is.
Wente Vineyards is a family-owned winery in Livermore, CA known for their Chardonnay. They are also one of the oldest continuously-run wineries in the state of CA. and this year they are celebrating their 130th vintage. Wente is kind of like a Disneyland for wine-loving adults with a world-class restaurant, golf course and summer concert series.
The Summer of Riesling is a program that celebrates different aspects of this far flung and wonderful variety. Being particularly susceptible,to its charms, I have tried many examples and can testify. But July 1 starts thirty one days of German Riesling events, info and special focus on this wonderful expression of place.
BrixChicks chronicles our adventures in wine, food and travel from Alameda to Zagreb. Thanks for reading!