Australian Wine Winter Trade Tasting

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Australian Wines The annual Australian Wine Winter Trade Tasting recently came to San Francisco. It took place at the pretty, The Pearl in the Dogpatch area. The event provided a wonderful opportunity for us to learn about and sample a wide range of Australian wines from most of the country’s dozens of wine regions—many of [Read more …]

Silver Oak Winery Release Party 2019

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Sunday, February 2, 2019, was not only the day before Super Bowl Sunday, it was also the day of a Silver Oak release party in Oakville California. The long-awaited day was for the official release of the Silver Oak 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet. The day itself was rainy with periodic downpours that flooded the vineyards. [Read more …]

A Grand Tasting of Bordeaux Grand Crus

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Bordeaux is a famous wine region in France that is mostly associated with red wine blends. But it also produces some delicious Sauvignon Blanc white blends and Sauternes. The Gironde Estuary divides the region into a Left Bank area and a Right Bank area. Each region has different terroir, style and character. [Read more …]

New York City Restaurants- Fall 2018 update

The Pool The Pool is the sister restaurant to the Seagram Buildings, The Grill, is a dramatic space with roughly 30-foot ceilings and tranquil, thread-like floor-to-ceiling windows. Its food and service are as impressive as the space. We were intrigued by the whole branzino for two, grilled over what is claimed to be a special, [Read more …]

New York City Art

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You can find New York City Art in museums. But you can also find it in other places. Look around you on the streets. Go into galleries. We always find things that catch our eye. On our Fall 2018 trip to New York City, we found a lot of interesting art. School of Visual Arts [Read more …]

Jewish Museum New York City

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Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922 On our fall 2018 trip to New York City, the Jewish Museum was hosting an exhibit entitled  Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922. The exhibit portrays the groundbreaking work of these three artists and their protegees when teaching in Vitebsk in the [Read more …]

Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights

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The iconic Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights in New York City is another interesting area for walking. We took a Free Tours By Foot tour of the area, which we found less impressive and less informative than the same company’s New York City Downtour tour. Still, the area is worth exploring, so here we go. [Read more …]

Exploring Downtown New York City

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No matter how many times we visit New York City, we always enjoy taking walking tours. We recently walked through downtown New York City on a Free Tours By Foot. The area is steeped in history and is a fun area to explore. We explored four primary neighborhoods: the Financial District, Chinatown, Little Italy and [Read more …]

DeYoung Museum

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San Francisco’s DeYoung museum is always a treat to visit. We recently checked out two lovely and illuminating special exhibits. Contemporary Muslim Fashions   We are used to seeing the traditional, loose-fitting black abayas and hijabs that Muslim women wear. But this exhibit shows eye-opening fashion that is unlike what we expected. The exhibition showed [Read more …]

Hudson Valley New York

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The Hudson Valley follows the Hudson River in New York State from Albany, down to Westchester. It is a beautiful area and has some interesting museum, sculpture parks and, of course, some wineries. Hudson Valley Art We recently visited three excellent places to view art in the Hudson Valley. Art Omi Art Omi in Ghent [Read more …]