Taxco, Mexico

Taxco houses on hill

Taxco is a colonial city, cut into the side of the rugged Atatzin Mountain. It shouts its dramatic setting and its charming atmosphere of whitewashed buildings with reddish-orange Spanish tile roofs from well before you even enter the town. It gets more dramatic and charming the further you progress up the hill into the town [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 …]

Catching Up with San Francisco Wine Tastings

Between catching up from our four month Asia trip, weeklong trips to LA and New York, finishing my book (which is scheduled for September publication) and the winding down of Joyce’s consulting career, we missed all too much of what was going on in our adopted home town of San Francisco: restaurant openings, museum and [Read more …]

Winestock San Francisco

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The July 21/22 Winestock San Francisco tasting event appeared to be a good time had by all. Held in Russian Hill’s historic Firehouse 8, the event offered tastings by about 20 wineries and specialty food providers. Although most of the producers were small, boutique firms, a few larger wineries, such as Peju and Hanna were [Read more …]

Napa’s Stags Leap District Stages its Annual Vineyard to Vintner (V2V) Weekend

Stags Leap is, as we have discussed in a number of posts, one of our favorite cab appellations. We are, therefore, anxiously awaiting our first chance to participate in their annual blow-out Vineyard to Vintner weekend, where dozens of the district’s wineries pull out all stops to present their newly released wines. [Read more …]

Getting the Most out of a Day in Napa Valley

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On a recent trip to Napa, we engaged in many memorable tastings, tried three restaurants to which we had never been and experienced two particularly fun, particularly educational events. And that was in one of our two and a half days in the valley. The educational events were the highlights of the trip. These were: [Read more …]

Charlottesville and Shenandoah National Park


We have always loved the Charlottesville area. The rolling hills, gracious horse farms, historical buildings, wineries and the legacy of my hero—Thomas Jefferson. This trip, we found additional pleasures in the form of a wonderful hotel and three memorable restaurants. Downtown Charlottesville Since we only had two nights and one day in the city, we [Read more …]

Monterey Peninsula Food and Wine

Monterey Peninsula The Monterey Peninsula is located on the central California coast. Monterey, Seaside, Carmel, Marina, and Pacific Grove, and Pebble Beach are all on this peninsula. It is a beautiful area with great restaurants and wineries, in addition to hiking and beautiful scenery. We have visited many restaurants here over the last decade. Although [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 …]