Vine Hill’s new tasting room

Vine Hill’s new tasting room

The countdown is on for a December 2-3 opening of the area’s newest wine tasting room, lodged—logically enough—in the midst of a suite of popular tasting boites at Ingalls & Swift, aka Surf City Vintners by way of Kelly’s. Arms still aching from a...
Monday @ Soif

Monday @ Soif

My friend Mateo scarfed down two orders of the Cajun fried oysters while I took my time over this deeply comforting appetizer of sautéed fresh porcinis on toast dusted with parmesan reggiano and topped with a fried egg. It was all the better with a glass of Birichino...

Wine you need to try

Write this down: Palacios “Petalos” Mencia. Now go to Soif. Say out loud the words you wrote down. Wait for a glass of scarlet wine to arrive. Swirl, sniff and drink. Be amazed. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on...
Big Basin, Big Dinner – Nov. 17

Big Basin, Big Dinner – Nov. 17

Big Basin Vineyards winemaker Bradley Brown teams up with Chef Josiah Slone of Sent Sovi in Saratoga next week for a sparklling four-course dinner on Thursday, November 17. Winemaker Brown will talk about the various wines served, and bring participants up to speed on...
Barrel Tasting @ Windy Oaks – Oct. 30, 1-5

Barrel Tasting @ Windy Oaks – Oct. 30, 1-5

Come out to Windy Oaks Winery and taste some of Jim Schultze’s Burgundian-style 2010 pinot noirs, at a pre-Halloween Barrel Tasting, this Sunday, October 30th from 1-5pm. Sample new releases, Corralitos sausages, gourmet cheeses, and other special...
My New Favorite Cigare

My New Favorite Cigare

It surprised even me that of oh say a dozen vintages sampled last week of Le Cigare Volant—that sensuous blend of syrah, grenache, mourvedre and cinsault—I would find myself leaning into a glass of one of Randall Grahm’s white Rhônes. But I did. (See post...