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 […]
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Barbara Barrielle is a freelance writer living in the heart of the California Wine Country. Follow her on Instagram, @barbarabarrielletravels.
A burnt cheesecake recipe that shines next to sparkling wine 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 […]
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 […]
Remember when it used to be difficult to buy something for Dad? You’ve grown out of making school projects for him to keep on his desk at work (and who goes to work at a desk these days?) and it has been a challenge to find something that Dad both wants and doesn’t already have. […]
Wine of the Week: 2016 Brancaia TRE Toscana IGT, Tuscany Brancaia is an acclaimed Italian wine estate led by the philosophy: Resist the Usual. What does this mean? It refers to the winery’s determination to stick to the highest standards. And in the case of this week’s Wine of the Week, it also means offering […]
A surprising marriage of seafood and pizza dough When friends invited me over for a scallop pizza, I though it was a weird autocorrect. Scallop pizza? Although my favorite food on earth may be a big, juicy scallop, I never pictured them on pizza. At our way small gathering, the grilled scallop pizza may be […]
A Crumb Cake recipe from the strawberry capital of Southern California “Are these strawberries from Oxnard?” Asked the 12 year old as he dug into the strawberry crumb cake in Malibu in Mother’s Day. “Yes, they are. They were fresh picked this morning,” I responded. “Good, because the best strawberries are from Oxnard.” And, with […]
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.
Wine of the Week: 2018 Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford, Napa Valley Long Meadow Ranch is a multi-faceted operation with Napa Valley vineyards and the highly acclaimed Rutherford Estate. (Rutherford is a Napa Valley AVA known for world class Cabernet Sauvignon.) They also have a restaurant called The Farmstead where Napa residents and tourists […]