Yearly Archives: 2015

Los Angeles Podcast Festival: Audio On!

I am really excited to be headed to the Los Angeles Podcast Festival this weekend. The lineup of stellar programming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday includes a Who’s Who of podcasters. And each day a ton of those folks are recording special podcast episodes so I’ll get to sit in the audience and absorb and enjoy. It should be most [More]

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Tim Heath of Cloudy Bay: Iconic Sauvignon Blanc and More (Podcast)

Talk about an awesome one-two New Zealand podcast punch. After speaking with Sam Neill of Two Paddocks on my last episode, I welcome Winemaker Tim Heath from iconic winery Cloudy Bay. It’s hard to overstate the impact of Cloudy Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc. The wine played a big role in putting New Zealand on the global wine map. It [More]

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Palate Journal: Art Meets Food via Imagery, Imagination, and Illustration

Many of you will know I have been a long-time fan of The Bookery Cook. It’s a wonderful website and stupendously cool cookbook brought to you by three Australian sisters: Jessica, Georgia, and Maxine. (The latter I met while leading a food and wine pairing seminar at the International Food Blogger Conference. There’s even a video of [More]

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Cider and Food Pairing Guide for Washington Cider Week

Hi there! It’s Washington Cider Week NOW through the 20th of September. I really dig this cider and food pairing guide that the folks at the Northwest Cider Association put together. To recap: Dry with pulled pork, oily fish, or sausage Semi-sweet with spicy Asian cuisine, pasta with white sauce, or blue cheese Perry with [More]

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Raptor Ridge Oregon Tempranillo: New World Meets Wild West

I didn’t think, upon receiving an assortment of samples from Oregon’s Raptor Ridge, that I’d find their Tempranillo a stand-out among the offerings. This Willamette Valley winery heads south to the Rogue Valley–practically in California–to source the grapes for this Oregon Tempranillo. Though Spain’s Rioja region is the premiere destination for Tempranillo, Raptor Ridge’s Oregon version provides [More]

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Vegan Jerky Paired With Wine? Yes and Yes

Did I lose you at vegan jerky? Hold on; let me explain. My friend Pamela Braun, creator of the food blog My Man’s Belly, sent me a review copy of her new book: Jerky Everything. So if you’re concerned about a lack of meat, DO NOT PANIC as the subtitle of the book is: Foolproof [More]

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A Floating Pacific Northwest Wine Class

Just back from being the guest host on a wine-themed voyage via Un-Cruise Adventures. Part of my duties involved a daily wine program during cocktail hour. I got to run wild as far as the format and the selection of wines. So I presented a mix from both Washington State and Oregon, with bottles comprising [More]

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Brick House Chardonnay: Enjoying Oregon Wine on the Water

You know I love Chardonnay with oak. So while I’ve been a guest host on this wine-focused Un-Cruise, I was pleased to discover a wine featured on the ship’s list: 2012 Brick House Chardonnay “Cascadia” from the Ribbon Ridge region of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. ($35 on Wine-Searcher) The on-board bartender (YES!), Daniel, commented that it’s [More]

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