Posts Tagged ‘ wine ’

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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Lovely Languedoc

July 6, 2011

 

I don’t think six weeks is a long time to take to put together a slideshow on my visit to the Languedoc, do you? No, I thought not. Enjoy.

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Mexican-American Vintners

June 30, 2011
Mexican-American Vintners

A new group has launched in wine country, the Napa Valley Mexican-American Vintners Association. This is a nonprofit group with the aim of promoting its members wines and supporting the community’s efforts through marketing, scholarships, etc. Founding members include Alex Sotelo Cellars, Fernando Candelario, Ceja Vineyards, Encanto Vineyards, Maldonado Vineyards, Mi Sueño Winery, Rios...
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Hurrah for rosé

June 20, 2011
Hurrah for rosé

Is it wrong to love a wine because it’s beautiful? I’m afraid it is a bit shallow, but I can’t deny my love for rosé wines starts skin deep. There is just something very appealing about wines that range in color from palest pink quartz to vivid cerise. Today’s wine find, Chateau du Rouet ...
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Auction Napa Valley

June 9, 2011

Languedoc Dogs

June 9, 2011

Bidding in the rain

June 7, 2011
Bidding in the rain

It was a wet ‘n wild afternoon at this year’s big Napa wine auction as an unseasonable _ I mean really unbelievable, are you kidding me, winter storms in June?! _ downpour pounded the event. But although umbrellas took the place of big hats it was charity that reigned as the 31-year-old event reached...
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Napa wine auction 2011

June 3, 2011
Napa wine auction 2011

For a place with such a big reputation, the Napa Valley is a very small world. After all. Yes, I did just put that song in your head, deal with it. But to get back to my point. I’m attending Auction Napa Valley (#ANV11) this weekend and I’m amazed anew at how open the...
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Vintage 2011 Update

June 1, 2011

 

Check out this video from Shafer Vineyards in which Doug Shafer explains “shatter.” No, it doesn’t have anything to do with the Rolling Stones.

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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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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