Italian Wine Week: San Francisco 2019

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It was that time of year! In a four-day period in March 2019, San Francisco is home to three premier that are exclusively (or in the case of the third, primarily) Italian wines. If you love Italian wines, we probably saw you. And if you don’t live in San Francisco, fear not because these events [Read more …]

Family Winemakers Tasting in San Francisco on August 26, 2018

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It is no surprise that we like tasting wine. We also love learning about new wines and to see how our favorites are evolving throughout the years. That is why the annual California Family Winemakers tasting in San Francisco is one of our favorites. We try to get to the Family Winemakers event every year [Read more …]

San Francisco's Italian Wine Week

The San Francisco Bay area is at the center of the nation’s premier winegrowing regions and has far more than its share of tastings. Wine-centric Web sites typically list dozens of relatively small, focused tastings and wine pairing dinners weekly. The city is also home to more large-scale (often more than 100, and occasionally several [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 …]

Anderson Valley and Mendocino Wine and Food Update—May 2015

We were recently on the way from San Francisco to Mendocino and made a brief Anderson Valley winery stop, which was, in turn a two-day detour on the way to Eureka (see our next post on the Humboldt County Kinetic Sculpture Championships). Anderson Valley Highlights After a brief visit at Silver Oak’s Anderson Valley tasting [Read more …]

Celebrating Pinot Noir at the SLH Gala

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Amongst one of our favorite California wine regions is Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH), a mountain range that overlooks the Salinas River Valley, where the grapes benefit from a long growing season to produce some spectacular wines. Whenever we can, we try to make it to the SLH Gala held in May. This year our calendar [Read more …]

A Night to Remember at North Beach’s Sotto Mare

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The Northern California Chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food (or AWIF), hosted its inaugural New American Monday Dinner at North Beach’s Sotto Mare Oysteria and Seafood restaurant on May 11, 2015. The wonderful sold-out event was a good time had by all. What made the event so special? A combination of three [Read more …]

The Glories of Growers Champagne

You would love to celebrate a special event with a nice French champagne, but are intimidated by the nosebleed prices of the most popular brands. Relief may be on its way, thanks to the efforts of Champagne de Vignerons, a syndicate of about 5,000 small, mostly family-owned wineries authorized to label their Methode Champenoise wines, [Read more …]

Discovering Provence Rose Wine

We generally don’t gravitate to rose as a wine choice. We may taste rose wine when we are at a winery and the person pouring the tastes says “but our rose is different and you have to try it”. Since we are tasting wines, we may try it. But I can’t think of a single [Read more …]

The Best of Napa

We came, we tasted, we once again surrendered to the wines, the foods and the experiences of Napa Valley in California. We provided blow-by-blow (o at least winery-by-winery and restaurant-by-restaurant descriptions of many of our favorite tops from our two week stay in Napa. Following are our three favorites in each of four categories: Napa [Read more …]