What Wines Pair With Garlic?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 | Posted by Laura Plant

Apparantly many – as we found out at a media preview for the upcoming Secret Ingredient Recipe Cook-Off.  Yes, the ingredient is GARLIC! The cook-off event is the brainchild of Howard Kotliar and Ken Barnes of and will take place on July 31st at Danza Del Sol Winery. Five Star Chef, Michael Cragg of Temecula Catering […]


We Get Wine

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 | Posted by Tom Plant

If you write about wine, chances are pretty good that after a while you’ll start receiving review samples. In our case, at times, you wind up with several wines to review, so many that it’s time to rally the troops. I put the word out on Facebook and we wound up at Oak Mountain Winery […]

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Helping the Land Express Itself

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 | Posted by Laura Plant

The drive up the mountain can be harrowing, so allow plenty of time. The reception at the winery can be no less than frigid if you have not done your homework and made a reservation confirmed by email well in advance of your arrival. Cain is not a winery on the “party bus” tour of Napa.

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Vinoteca – “We’re Victims of Our Passion”

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 | Posted by Tom Plant

On Wednesdays from 5:30 – 9:00, the winemaker pours Jeff’s three selections as well as a bonus pour of his choosing that might be a barrel sample, a reserve or library wine. Four 3 ounce pours will cost you $18. Add three tapas paired to the wines and the cost is $28. In my book that’s a hell of a bargain.


The Men’s Wine Council Is Called To Order

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 | Posted by Tom Plant

Recently, our Corie Maue weighed in on the first meeting of the Women’s Wine Council. After some grumbling from a few males (yours truly included), organizer Linda Kissam relented and called to order the first meeting of the Men’s Wine Council. We, Chris Baptiste, Ken Barnes, Scott Vinton, Allan Kissam and his wife Linda gathered […]