Sparkling

Craving cava

July 21, 2011
Craving cava

A lot of us view bubbles as bipartisan _ there’s French Champagne and then there’s all the rest. But a little exploration can open up whole new worlds of sparkling sensations from German Sekt to Italian Asti and Prosecco to Hungarian Pezsgo. OK, I haven’t actually tried that last but I could not resist...
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A taste of Champagne

May 31, 2011
A taste of Champagne

The setting: An elegant reception room at the Westin St. Francis 32 stories above Union Square with a panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay, Telegraph Hill and the Golden Gate Bridge. The agenda: Tasting  bubblies from some of the great houses of the Champagne region of France. The task: Coming back with some...
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Wine of the Week: Woodbridge Brut Sparkling

December 3, 2010
Wine of the Week: Woodbridge Brut Sparkling

It’s the holidays once again which means, at least according to the lady magazine I read in the dentist’s waiting room yesterday, that it’s time to buy that special sequined tank/skirt/sexy sandal that will “carry you through your whirlwind of social events.” Except my whirlwind of social events consists of going to Child One’s “Winter Concert”...
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Domaine Carneros

May 21, 2010
Domaine Carneros

  This handsome property is elegantly styled in the fashion of an 18th-century French chateau. It sits on a slight prominence overlooking the gently rolling vineyards of the Carneros vineyards at the southern tip of the Napa Valley. From the front, the chateau has a staircase worthy of Cinderella _ this is a great...
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Thin is in

March 19, 2010
Thin is in

  The wine industry is lightening up _ at least when it comes to packaging. A few wineries have already started using lightweight glass for their bottles _ Fetzer Vineyards in California was a pioneer here _ cutting carbon emissions and saving shipping costs.This is a 180 from the old-school concept of putting wines,...
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Travels in France

Lovely Languedoc

  I don’t think six weeks is a long time to take to put together a slideshow on my visit to the Languedoc, do...
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Carcassonne: A Fairy Tale City

The ancient walled city of Carcasonne had me before hello. Just driving up to the fantastically fairy-tale expanse of walls, turrets and towers was...
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Languedoc dogs

Look out, winery dogs of Napa Valley. Yes, I know you’re cute and featured in all sorts of books and articles, but let me...
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Swept away by cassoulet

Ever get annoyed by people who go to the South of France and proceed to rave over the victuals? Well bite me, because today...
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Top 5 differences between hiking in Berkeley and the South of France

Somewhere between the vegetable gazpacho and the duck confit, I realized my hike in La Clape, part of the Languedoc wine region of France,...
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Party like a paparazzi at the Cannes Film Festival

Two things are vital if you want to chase stars at the Cannes Film Festival. First, you need to know a clued-in and friendly...
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