I’ve always loved vintage posters. Maybe it’s because they often have to do with food and potent potables. Maybe it’s the Art Deco look or Art Nouveau style of some, or the bold graphics of others. Thanks to a presentation at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles, I have an even deeper appreciation for this genre of art. The gallery recently hosted Elizabeth Norris, … Continue reading Vintage Posters: Against All Odds, A Glimpse into the Past
Cabernet Franc (and yes, I’m resisting all the puns) isn’t bottled on its own very much. It’s primarily used as a blending varietal in Bordeaux wines, especially with Merlot and the usually dominant and better known Cabernet Sauvignon. It is one of my favorite wines, however, so I was tickled red to see it showcased at the varietal focus seminar at this year’s WiVi Central Coast, … Continue reading Cab Franc: Both a Challenge and a Reward to Consumers
Hi. I’m Mourvèdre. A Red Rhône wine. I can be a bit sulky, but once you get to know me, you’ll understand. I like long ripening seasons in hot, dry climates. I’m looking for a stand-alone bottling, but am open to blending. Uncork me, and let’s get cozy with some big unami flavors. At the 2016 Paso Robles Rhone Rangers Experience I recently attended, … Continue reading Meet Mourvèdre.
The impetus for this posting started when my cousins sent me a bottle of 2011 Coenobium Ruscum, an Italian white blend of Malvasia, Trebbiano and Verdicchio made by the Monastic Order of Cistercian Nuns in Vitorchiano, Latium, Italy. Certainly this needed to be a special occasion wine, and this past Thanksgiving seemed the perfect time. Not knowing quite what to expect in terms of food … Continue reading Orange is The New Wine?
Lots of great things at the 2011 Earth Day Food & Wine Festival this year – char siu tacos from Porter’s Gourmet on the Go, homemade shortbread and blackberry balsamic reduction from Chaparral Gardens, only 1.75 pounds (yes, pounds) of landfill trash generated from the entire event … Clearly, I could go on and on, but one of the coolest finds was Chamisal Vineyards’ Stainless … Continue reading Wine Kegs?