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We are thankful for so many things today. Against the backdrop of all the news of such ghastly things happening all over the world, our life seems pretty good indeed. Not everyone shares in this good fortune. Shortly after we launched this blog in March 2008, we wrote Our Adopted Olive Oil, a story about the olive tree in Le Marche, Italy that we adopted from Nudo Italia.
21 Oct 2014 The Food Event 2014 It is uplifting to know that some things continue to be consistently good. This certainly applies to LA Magazine’s The Food Event, the ninth installment of which took place this past Sunday afternoon at Saddlerock Ranch (home to Semler and Saddlerock wines) in Malibu’s Santa Monica Mountains.
If you are anything like us, you use your garage for anything but parking your car. A lot of innovative and interesting things happen in garages around the world. Whether people get together to form a new musical group, launch a new art movement or develop the next big thing in technology, they usually start off modestly, taking advantage of whatever resources they can scrape to ...
Today, we travelled to central Spain—well, in West Hollywood. We were invited to a tasting of the wines of DO (or Denominación de Origen) La Mancha, which is Europe’s largest (in contiguous land area) wine growing region, covering the provinces of Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Toledo. With 300,000 hectares (more than 740,000 acres) of vineyards, of which just over half ha ...
05 Jun 2014 Look for Greeks Bearing Grapes Until today, my experience with Greek wines was, well, somewhat ancient. I hadn’t had Greek wine since about 40 years ago in my youth. So, when I received the invitation for trade and media to experience “ancient and indigenous varietals of Greece”, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
Wow! We’ve been busy and a bit under siege the past several months. From work to illness to getting two more into college and handling a variety of extended family matters, we’ve had quite a year so far. Yet, we managed to work in some very nice wine and food travels despite the challenging times.
Experiencing last minute gift syndrome? Can’t think of a single thing to get the wine imbiber on your list? Well, my friends, today is your lucky day! I’m just (barely) recovering from one of the most hectic Decembers on record and I’ve got suggestions for you that should satisfy both your time frame and your wallet.
We interviewed Ian Blackburn two years ago as he was celebrating the creation of Beekeeper Cellars and the inaugural release of his excellent 2009 Beekeeper Zinfandel, so we were eager to attend a recent event marking the release of his third vintage, the 2011 Beekeeper Zinfandel, a single vineyard designate wine from the Madrone Spring Vineyard in the Rockpile appellation of Sonoma County.
We love Italian wines and, not content to simply drink Italian wines, we decided to get out and see what’s new. So, we recently attended some seminars and tastings to see what we could discover. Among our targets were the Kobrand Tour Italia 2013 and the Simply Italian Great Wines US Tour 2013. The Kobrand seminar featured a discussion of seven great wines and winemaking philoso ...
We’ve written a lot about Oregon Pinot Noir in the past year or so. Well, last month, the Willamette Valley came to Los Angeles for the Pinot in the City event. We approached the tasting in our usual random fashion and, to our surprise, we wondered if something was wrong with our palates. The Pinots from the first four wineries we tasted (mostly but not exclusively from the 2010 ...
30 Sep 2013 Kawaba Although we don’t normally write about beer at the Wine Imbiber, we’ve always enjoyed beer and have tasted quite a few over the years from many countries. These days, we normally order beer with sushi (or Japanese food in general) as well as Chinese food. Mexican food is another cuisine that finds us asking for a brew (although Leah typically orders a margarita).
In Part One of this series, we reported on some of the wineries in and about the Chehalem Mountains AVA in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. In Part Two, we covered some of the best the Dundee Hill’s AVA has to offer. In this third and final part, we highlight two great wineries that don’t fall within the same AVA.