Gin-gria

Gin-gria

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Cocktails, Gin, Wine | No Comments

A Cooler California Cooler I am old enough to remember (but not legally drink) the original California Cooler of the 80s. It was made from actual wine, not “malt beverage” and clouded with real fruit pulp. Basically a white wine sangria in 12 oz. bottles. I will say without reservation that they were delicious. But ...

Sonoma Wine Tasting 101

Sonoma Wine Tasting 101

Posted by on Jun 7, 2012 in Wine | No Comments

A Primer for Neophyte Oenophiles Wine tasting. Just the sound of it can make you feel all indulgent and romantic. But it’s not that simple. What If I said there were one hundred wineries within a 10 mile radius of where you are standing right now? Many of them you’ve never heard of. And, the ...

Death in the Afternoon

Death in the Afternoon

Death in the Afternoon is not your grandma’s champagne cocktail. You won’t find this at Sunday brunch, where it would most likely be unwelcome anyway. It’s a drink that Hemingway himself invented and it’s got teeth – perhaps even fangs.

Winter Wine Lineup

Winter Wine Lineup

Posted by on Dec 22, 2010 in Wine | 3 Comments

What’s your favorite winter wine? We asked our friends to share their secrets for the holidays …

Callaway 2008 Winemaker's Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel

Callaway 2008 Winemaker's Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel

Posted by on Jul 8, 2010 in Wine | No Comments

We enjoyed flights of self-selected whites and roses and reds while gazing over Temecula’s vineyard. Then in a splurge of indulgence (and maybe giddiness), we bought one of the most expensive ones, Callaway 2008 Winemaker’s Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel. I don’t want to say what happened next.

Mad Dogs & Englishmen 2006

Mad Dogs & Englishmen 2006

Posted by on May 26, 2010 in Wine | No Comments

My quiet house suddenly smelled amazing, and I knew I had to mark this blue moon night with a glass of big, well-bred wine, a fiery Spanish red by the name of Mad Dogs & Englishmen.

What's Your Favorite Food and Wine Pairing?

What's Your Favorite Food and Wine Pairing?

Posted by on May 25, 2010 in Food Pairings, Wine | One Comment

The descriptions of wines were original and distinct. But the selection of small plates and wine pairings really did us in. Every sip, every taste, every pairing was such a rich experience at this new wine bar in San Diego, CA. We want to recreate it at home.

Little Black Dress Pinot Grigio

Little Black Dress Pinot Grigio

Posted by on Apr 29, 2010 in Wine | One Comment

I try not to be a sucker for labels. So when I was offered a glass of this Pinot Grigio with a cute name and little hanger on the front of the bottle—blatantly marketed toward the female wine shopper—I was prepared to hate it. But I didn’t.

2007 Bell'agio Chianti

2007 Bell'agio Chianti

Posted by on Apr 7, 2010 in Wine | No Comments

I bought this bottle of Chianti as a joke. The classic Tuscan wine in a wicker basket seemed like the perfect kitschy touch. The big surprise? We actually enjoyed it.

Bonterra Chardonnay 2007

Bonterra Chardonnay 2007

Posted by on Mar 31, 2010 in Food Pairings, How to ..., Wine | No Comments

Inspired after trying to pronounce the ingredients on my store-bought loaf of 100% whole-wheat “bread,” I transformed into my alter-ego, Betty Homemaker, and set out to make the perfect loaf of homemade bread. And eat it with a perfect glass of chardonnay.