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This is the first interview in a series that will focus on the winemakers of Paso Robles, where I recently spent a weekend exploring.   Paso, with a few outstanding exceptions, is a land of Zins and Rhône blends (Note …

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In 2010 and 2011, the struggles of wineries up and down the state resonated in all corners of the industry.  The weather, front and center, was a force to be reckoned with and it sorted the winemaker pros from the …

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The leaves are falling, the turkeys are fattening, the football game is on TV. This could only mean one thing — it’s almost time for the Beaujolais Nouveau to arrive!   While it seems like every wine has its own …

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Two “shout out” restaurants have opened recently in Escondido and Hillcrest amid great praise for their strategic use of wine with their impressive food service.   Vintana and 100 Wines are the latest creations of the Cohn Restaurant Group, now …

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Monterey county might be California’s most overlooked wine county. Not only is it in the shadow of Napa/Sonoma for bay area wine spots, but its southern boundary sits right up against the Paso Robles AVA. So hot right now, Paso. …

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The wineries and the community of Temecula are opening up their hearts and wallets to Marine Corporal Juan Dominguez who chose Temecula to be his home after suffering a triple amputation of both legs and an arm in combat in …

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Trevi Black Celery Pesto & Sausage Pasta   I have been posting celery recipes recently, which is a direct result of our visit to Trevi and the Sagra di Sedano Nero, or black celery festival held there a couple of …

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Along the Sonoma Coast, high on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean and barely accessible, sits Fort Ross Vineyards and Winery, home of the finest Pinot Noirs in California. It meets all the demands of this “queen” of the wine …

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Legend has it that a renowned British wine taster was once presented with a flight of wines while wearing a blindfold. He nailed each wine, correctly identifying the grape and the region in which it was grown. Toward the end …

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My favorite time of the year is within reach, when the food and wine community reaches out and sets the table with special occasion dinner and wine parties and giving programs for the needy.   The West Restaurants & Inn …

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