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A Year in Wine
Dunne on Wine: Richard Longoria Wines

Lompoc, a small working-class community at the western reaches of Santa Barbara County, customarily isn’t the focus of wine enthusiasts as they plan a tour of the region’s wineries.

That honor goes to the busier and flashier inland settlements of Santa Ynez, Los Olivos and Solvang.

Yet, Lompoc...

Cavegrrl
Salmon with Hazelnut Shallot Butter and a Cauliflower Sweet Potato Mash

Sep 30, 2014
Salmon with Hazelnut Shallot Butter and a Cauliflower Sweet Potato Mash

I love September and October in Sacramento. There are so many fun events to celebrate Farm-to-Fork and harvest time. There’s an intoxicating energy all around. The wineries are busy harvesting their grapes and there gets to be a little chill in the air in the mornings and when the sun goes down. Though the...

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Seasons 52 Wows Us with Service and their Gluten Free Menu

Sep 27, 2014
Seasons 52 Wows Us with Service and their Gluten Free Menu

I try to avoid the Arden Fair Mall at all costs. I have been shopping there maybe about 10 times in the 10 years since I have lived here and it’s always been a pain. Probably because of frustrating trips to the Apple Store and the always promising long wait therein. Even with an...

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Farm to Fork Wine Dinner Series: Piatti Presents Matchbook on Wednesday, October 8th!

Sep 24, 2014
Farm to Fork Wine Dinner Series: Piatti Presents Matchbook on Wednesday, October 8th!

I am very excited to share this event with you put on by my long time advertiser, Piatti Sacramento. I’ll be attending the dinner and writing about it afterwards. I am really looking forward to the pairing of some of my very favorite wines with food by one of Sacramento’s best chefs, Lance Carlini!...

Rubys Musings
The Three R’s : Rest, Relaxation and Rejuvenation

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” ― Isabelle Eberhardt, The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt I had lost m...

A Year in Wine
Dunne on Wine: Oregon Chardonnay

Who wants more chardonnay?

OK, OK, calm down.

One of every five bottles of wine sold in the United States is chardonnay. With nearly 100,000 acres planted to the variety, California is meeting much of that demand. France, Italy, Chile and several other wine regions also are helping...

Cavegrrl
Pinot on the River Runs Through Healdsburg on October 26th!

Sep 22, 2014
Pinot on the River Runs Through Healdsburg on October 26th!

Pinot on the River  is a fun filled weekend of Pinot Noir in the beautiful Russian River Valley town of Healdsburg, California. Guests of the event can sit with the winemakers and other Pinot-loving consumers as the festival focuses on limited productionWest Coast Pinot Noirs. Sunday’s Pinot Noir Grand Tasting will feature over 100...

Finding Our Way Now
Natural vs Synthetic Wine Corks-Who Wins?: #Wine

Have ever thought about wine corks? One of the most common questions I got at the wineries I worked had very little to do with the wine. It was this: Which are better… natural corks or synthetic corks? This is quite the tricky question, and I’d usually have to dance around the answer.

The post...

Cavegrrl
Kathryn Hall 2011 Cabernet Release Party: My Heaven on Earth!

Sep 20, 2014
Kathryn Hall 2011 Cabernet Release Party: My Heaven on Earth!

The Cabernet Gods looked upon St. Helena with a smile on their faces last Saturday. It was the setting of the Kathryn Hall Release Party, and the release of the Kathryn Hall 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. The ticketed party was mostly held on the great lawn at HALL Wines, featuring several stations to taste wine...

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Farm to Fork Wine Dinner Series: Supper Club Fine Catering Presents Todd Taylor Wines–The Digest

Sep 16, 2014
Farm to Fork Wine Dinner Series: Supper Club Fine Catering Presents Todd Taylor Wines–The Digest

Last Thursday evening turned out to be pretty uncomfortable (weather-wise) at the start of the Todd Taylor Wine Dinner at Vierra Farms, but soon enough The Supper Club Fine Catering refreshed guests with a slightly chilled Tempranillo (2012 “Holland Landing” to be exact) and a trio of appetizers: Delta Crawfish Corn Dogs with Lemon...

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