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Dateline Glasgow 2050: The Great Rhônes of Scotland

As 2017 drew to a close, it occurred to me that I had unconsciously been looking forward to 2018 as an important year for a very long time. After a boozy New Year’s Eve and a little recovery time, I … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season for (savory) cookies

The holiday season brings back remembrances of all sorts of foods.  One of my childhood memories is of making cheese ravioli on Christmas eve with my family, then storing them on baking sheets in the cold garage overnight to cook … Continue reading

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Swiping right or left in the wine world

I’ll get the travel bragging out of the way first:  I got invited as a guest to a wine show near Florence, Italy, to taste wines and have discussions with around 40 winemakers and/or winery reps. That’s one of the … Continue reading

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It’s enough to give you nightmares

I’ve noticed as I get older that I don’t sleep as well as I used to.  So I set aside time to listen to Dr. Matthew Walker’s interview on “Fresh Air.”  He’s the director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Human … Continue reading

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New Adventures on the Wine Route

The first book I read when I was thinking of becoming a wine importer was Kermit Lynch’s Adventures on the Wine Route.  And I think if you asked most people in the wine business, they’d tell you it was an early … Continue reading

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A different look at sustainable farming

I’ve written a lot about sustainability over the past year and how it relates to wine grape growing and wine production.  But it hadn’t occurred to me to look at how sustainability works in other agricultural sectors. Then while driving … Continue reading

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Last of the summer wine recipes

As promised in the previous post, this is the last of three summer wine recipes.  I’ll be posting more recipes, of course – but this is the last of a series designed specifically for summer eating.  In addition, I made … Continue reading

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Summer recipes, Part 3 — with a whole bottle of wine in there

Happy August!  Cy and I have been on vacation.  I meant to put up a recipe while we were away, but it just didn’t happen.  Mostly because there wasn’t a rainy day where I’d have been inside looking for things … Continue reading

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Summer recipes, part two. Now with more wine.

I don’t know if you all feel this way, but I generally think of wine as a cooler-weather cooking ingredient.  When I started putting together recipes for summer blog posts, wine didn’t immediately come to mind as anything more than … Continue reading

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Summer recipes, part 1

It has definitely been a summer of eating so far.  And Cy and I haven’t even left for our week of lobster rolls and twice-a-day cocktails.  So many good things to eat this year!  I didn’t get a chance to … Continue reading

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