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 …]

Catching Up with Napa Valley

Although we have recently been to Central Coast, upstate New York (Finger Lakes), Canadian (Southern Ontario) and Virginia wine regions, it had been a couple months since we had been to some of our favorite North Bay stops. And, since we already had to be in Marin Country (San Rafael) on Sunday for [Read more …]

24 hours of Tastings at Niagara-On-the-Lake

Niagara-On-the-Lake (NOTL) is located about a half hour north of Niagara Falls and an hour and a half south of Toronto), at the point at which the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario. This location, by the deep lake, sufficiently moderates temperatures to give the region a short, but still productive growing season for a wide [Read more …]

Two Short Days in the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes in Upstate New York is a beautiful area. Rolling hills punctuated by long slender fingers of water, many of which are surrounded by grape vines. Both Joyce’s and my family loved and spent considerable time at Skaneateles Lake and in the lovely town of Skaneateles. Joyce and I, on a number of [Read more …]

OysterFest 2011


Another summer weekend in San Francisco means another festival. This weekend marked Waterbar Restaurant’s OysterFest2011—a four-hour, sold-out celebration of the delicious bivalve. Although Waterbar typically address the needs of most oyster lovers with a selection of fresh oysters from its raw bar and a special of $1 for its daily “Featured Oyster” (every [Read more …]

Family Winemakers of California Tasting—So Many Wines, So Little Time

The Family Winemakers of California tasting is a San Francisco tradition. Established 21 years ago as a means of exposing small, little-known wineries to wine distributors and retailers, it has since expanded to provide the public, in addition to the trade, exposure and access to these wines. The huge event, which showcases more than 1,000 [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 …]

Catching up with Bay Area Restaurants

Living in San Francisco has created major problem for Joyce and I. The city simply has too many good and interesting restaurants. And there are more and more of these restaurants all the time. This, combined with our travel schedule, makes it all but impossible for us to try new restaurants, much less return to [Read more …]

A Special Night in Camden, Maine at Natalie's Restaurant


We love the Maine coast, especially the mid-coast, Camden, Rockland, Rockport area. After numerous years of trial and error from many visits to this area, we have our favorite restaurants in the area. The dilemma was that we were in the area for Joyce’s birthday and she (and I) wanted to find a special birthday-type [Read more …]

A Passion for the San Francisco Bay Area

Tom and Joyce love exploring, finding interesting restaurants, touring wine regions, hiking, and going to theater, museums, and lectures wherever we travel. The San Francisco (SF) Bay Area is particularly blessed with opportunities in each of these—and many other—ways. SF has fascinating neighborhoods, some of the best and most interesting restaurants in the country, [Read more …]