Entries by Barbara Barrielle

Give Gifts that Give Back to Your Community

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 Part 1 As the West Coast suffers under the scourge of massive wildfires, once again some of our top holiday ideas are suggestions for gifts that give back to fire victims in many different ways…and some are just playful and unique ideas for the loved ones in your life…and those others […]

Holiday Gifts for the Wine Lover

Gift Guide 2018 Part 2 This second part of our 2018 Gift Guide features some unique gifts for the wine lover on your list. We’ve dug deep to find some of the California Wine Country’s undiscovered gems but we’ve made sure to add in a few perennial favorites guaranteed to light up any wine lover’s […]

Create Your Own Sonoma Wine Salon

100 things to do in Sonoma County With a book launching this Fall about the Top 100 Things to do in Sonoma County (before you die), I have been exploring the wonderful small, under-the-radar wineries of this luscious grape-growing area. (More about the book from Reedy Press later.) For those not familiar with Sonoma County, […]

Quick Cucumber Tzatziki Recipe

This Sonoma County version of the classic, Greek cucumber salad is my pick for an accompaniment to a meal of garlicky lamb and Pinot Noir. The base of a Tzatziki recipe is the aphrodisiac of cucumber. You may think cucumber is just a crunchy, water-packed fruit of summer. (And yes, cucumber is actually a fruit, […]

Greek Bean Salad

A seductive summer side What vegetable do you serve with a summer meal of lamb and Pinot Noir? In Sonoma County, peak of season green beans with scarlet summer tomatoes make a great side dish. This Greek Bean Salad is what we chose to round out the meal of my first Sonoma Wine Salon. (Be […]