Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Wine Tasting

Gambero Rosso is an Italian publishing company that produces the Vini d’Italia wine guide. Each year, its staff tastes and rates more than 25,000 wines, from Italy’s 350 varietals from all of its 21 wine regions. Each year, the guide awards fewer that 500 of these wines its highest distinction—Tre Biccheri. Then the [Read more …]

Hunter Valley Wine Region

From Mudgee, we continued to the Hunter Valley wine region. This hot valley with its long growing season is the largest, most well-known wine region in New South Wales. It is especially known for its semillions, its big, juicy shirazes and its dessert wines. We normally dislike Semillons, which we have found too citrusy and [Read more …]

Mudgee Wine Region, New South Wales Australia

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So far, we have visited multiple Australian wine regions so far in multiple states South Australia: Barossa Valley Adelaide Hills McLaren Vale Coonawarra Victoria: Mornington Pennisula Yarra Valley Tasmania Southern Tasmania Tamar Valley Mudgee Wine Region As we made our way into New South Wales Australia, of course we needed to check out the wine [Read more …]

Yarra Valley Wineries

Not far out of Melbourne is the Yarra Valley Wine region. We explored a handful of recommended wineries to get a flavor for this cool region’s wines. Yearing Station Winery. We didn’t have the palate to appreciate many of their very light-bodied entry-level “Village” wines, but did enjoy a number of their more premium wines. [Read more …]

Latin American Wine and Spirits Tasting in San Francisco

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We had a recent treat: A chance to reacquaint ourselves with hundreds of Latin American wines and spirits without even having to travel to South America. The San Francisco Trade and Media Latin American Wine and Spirits Tasting provided an opportunity to taste dozens of wines from countries including Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay. As [Read more …]

2016 Family Winemakers Tasting and Wines of Danger

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Family Winemakers of California is always a great event. We always look forward to it when it comes to San Francisco. It provides opportunities to taste hundreds of wines from more than 125 vintners: virtually every varietal and from virtually all of California’s 111 different appellations. Although a few of these participating wineries, such Chateau [Read more …]

A Taste of Mendocino in San Francisco

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Mendocino is always a great place to visit. The scenery, food, wine, hospitality are first rate. But even better is when we don’t have to travel to taste the foods and wines of the region. Taste of Mendocino provided such an opportunity in San Francisco recently. There, we had an opportunity to taste dozens of [Read more …]

Pinot Days San Francisco--2016

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Pinot Noir is one of our favorite wine varietals. We always look forward to the annual arrival of the San Francisco Pinot Days which celebrates of all things Pinot. And we especially look forward to the pre-event dinner that The American institute of Wine and Food (www.aiwf.org) organizes as a fund-raiser. We began this special [Read more …]

Taste of Mendocino 2016: Bringing the Country’s Bounty to San Francisco

Do you love to wines of the Anderson Valley and the charm and restaurants of Mendocino, but find that you can’t get there as often as you would like. Problem solved! Taste of Mendocino brings some of the best of Mendocino—including wines from 30 of the country’s wineries and snacks from several of the country’s [Read more …]

Innovative Thai-Italian Fusion Dinner

The American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF) sponsored an amazing, eight-course feast at Thoughts Style Cuisine Showroom, a stylish Thai-Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood. The innovative “fusion” cuisine blends Thai and Italian ingredients and techniques to create dishes including: Larb Brussels Sprouts Fritti with salty and sour dressing; [Read more …]