Category Archives: wines

Quality olive oil and its role in the kitchen is no new subject here on the vine. In fact, it is a recurring one. Yet this time, we’re not just talking quality EVOO and recipes, we’re talking the quality Go Red campaign sponsored by the American Heart Association. February was a month to raise awareness…

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Yep. It’s true. It’s Leap Day and we’re going to indulge like the random, casual, calendar-holiday-hoarding, celebratory Americans we are! And that means relaxing with a libation…. But this day isn’t a random holiday like National Mustard Day or Secretary’s Day, no. Rather a day for accounting to synchronize the seasonal & calendar years…. I’m not surprised the solar system needs help budgeting, even…

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Valentine’s Day flew by quickly, but offered just enough time to warrant a small indulgence. I decided to have a glass of a Champagne—Chandon Brut Classic—and serve the sips with something new this year, in a festive-floral flute. The glass itself was plain, but it got all glittered-up for the occasion with a hibiscus flower in rose syrup. Come again?…

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Not all wines can be christened as heavenly, but the 2009 Chardonnay from Saint Francis Winery & Vineyard would probably beg to differ. Yet another splendid Sonoma selection. Saint Francis delivers a comprehensive list of well rounded wines and two expansive California estates. I recently turned to St. Francis Chardonnay in the hope of finding a smooth…

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…at the 335 acre Sonoma Carneros Estate of Gloria Ferrer. This Northern California vineyard & winery offers well-crafted cuvées, born from their ample Pinot Noir & Chardonnay estate-grown grapes. Known as the first sparkling wine house of Sonoma Carneros, Gloria Ferrer specializes in sparking wines & Pinot Noirs. I have not yet had the pleasure of visiting their panoramic estate, but one of their…

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Thank you for visiting the dinnervine! In the words of Julia Child, "People who love to eat, are always the best people," and I couldn't agree more. I hope you enjoy these dishes as much as I did making them. Here's to creating new recipes and memories with friends & family, cheers! 

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