Cristom Vineyards Pre-IPNC Dinner

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When IPNC (International Pinot Noir Celebration) comes to the Willamette Valley each year (see my blog on IPNC), many of the wineries throw a pre-party dinner the night before the big event. Wineries did not have to be participating in IPNC that year to have a dinner (many wineries alternate years in which they participate [Read more …]

We Came for the Wine and Left with an Experience

Salmon Bake at IPNC

International Pinot Noir Celebration or IPNC. It’s the wine that first gets your attention and lures you in. And why not? 70 Pinot Noir producers from all over the world, descending on McMinnville Oregon, in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Oregon. What pinot noir lover could resist that call? We had heard about it [Read more …]

Abbreviating our Annual Labor Day Bay Area Ritual

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In July, I wrote about the two big San Francisco events that always makes for a fun holiday—the July 4th festivities and fireworks and the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival. Both draw thousands of people to the city and provide a good time for all. These events, however, draw people out of town, over the Golden [Read more …]

2012 ZAP Zinfandel Festival

Zinfandel Advocates and Produces (aka ZAP) always puts on a good show. This year’s Zinfandel Festival in San Francisco was no exception. The festival consists of four different events, all built around Zinfandel–that most American of all varietals. These events area: Epicuria, an informal dine-around Zin/food pairing experience where chefs from many of the Bay [Read more …]

Silver Oak’s August 2011 Release Day Party

If its August, it’s time for one of the biggest single-vinery parties in California Wine Country—one of Silver Oak Cellars’ semi-annual Release Day parties (One in February for its newly released Napa cabernets, in one in August for its Alexander Valley cabs). This month’s party celebrated the release of its 2007 [Read more …]

San Francisco - Pinot Week

Although Joyce and I enjoy most varietals, we particularly love pinot noir. It is delicate, picks up slight nuances in the terroir and can be adapted to many different styles. Just as importantly for us, it is the most versatile wine for pairing with different types of foods. While ideal with dishes such as turkey, [Read more …]