I am a Mother but don’t really expect much at Mother’s Day…that’s OK. We are in a weird time and between financial struggles and anxiety, sometimes it’s hard to focus. But, take a breath and think about what your mother or mother figure would like this year. And if she is a food or wine […]
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About Barbara Barrielle
Barbara Barrielle is a freelance writer living in the heart of the California Wine Country. Follow her on Instagram, @barbarabarrielletravels.
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Planning a Charleston getaway great for romance or a girls’ weekend Charleston destination weddings are well known as some of the most romantic destination weddings in the South. There’s no question that Charleston, South Carolina is a romantic destination. But a weekend in Charleston is also a popular choice for a girls’ getaway. So whether […]
I discovered the magic Wagyu makes when it’s the base for a decadent chili. This particular Wagyu beef chili was created by Chef Rick Warkel for the Northern California (Sonoma County) Wine Road Food & Wine Affair. The event included wineries from the Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley.
The easiest Dungeness Crab recipe There is a magic moment, usually in mid-November, when my Australian friend, Leanne Sarasy will call and say, “Come for dinner…we have crab!” Yesterday it was a text and I canceled any plan I had because the first oven roasted Dungeness crab of the season is truly close to a […]
Ah, gifting! It is an annual tradition and one that causes great stress for perfectionists around the world. There are those of us who simply order the first item they find in a Google search or first suitable item they spot in a store. Our 2020 Gift Guide seeks to relieve the stress of the […]
A Cleveland guide for love birds and food lovers The city of Cleveland, Ohio is a multi-faceted surprise to both newcomers and those who are returning to rediscover a former industrial powerhouse that has become a cultural and gastronomic destination. You might be surprised to discover how many things to do in Cleveland are just […]
Can’t get to a winery to do tastings yet still want to enjoy wines? Consider joining a Zoom wine tasting or hosting a virtual tasting of your own. I’ve been doing both for the past four months. Here are my tips for having a great tasting experience and connecting with likeminded wine lovers from the […]
Every year there are a series of wine dinners at popular restaurants around Portland, Oregon, all in support of the Classic Wines Auction to support a series of children’s charities, raising over $50 million since its inception in 1982. While the pricey Gala draws the most money, the dinners leading up to the big night […]
Wine of the Week: 2019 Alexander Valley Vineyards Rosé of Sangiovese Any member of the California wine community can agree that the Wetzel family is part of the fabric of the Healdsburg and Alexander Valley wine, cultural and philanthropic worlds. Their Alexander Valley Vineyards was a family business from the start. And although the Alexander […]