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Here I am!

April 29, 2010

Having arrived safely in Paso Robles, I am eagerly anticipating the kick off of Hopices du Rhone tonight at the Rhône ‘n Bowl.  This event is sure to bring out the athlete in all of us, or at the very least be sure to make us all laugh hysterically as we sip some terriffic Rhône wines.

I myself am sporting a Twisted Oak Ron Dover (brother of Bend) bowling shirt, replete with rubber chicken.

Be sure to tune in to the updates here and on twitter for all of the frivolity this weekend!


Something to look forward to!

April 29, 2009

Friday is May Day!  How time has flown by.  Spring is in full swing, and it’s time to celebrate!  I have been so busy traveling here and there to taste wines recently, that I haven’t had time to sit back and smell the roses.  May 16th I can sit down, relax, and taste in my home town at the Ghiradelli Square Uncorked! Wine Festival!

Ghirardelli Square is one of San Francisco’s treasures, and while it is usually overrun by tourists, it is a gem.  Did you know that there are two places where you can enjoy wine on the square?  First, you can pop in to Cellar 360, a wine store and wine bar, where you can participate in one of their many free (yes, i said FREE!) wine tasting classes.  Or maybe you can wander next door to Wattle Creek, a boutique winery tasting groom, where Visa Signature cardholders can – again – taste for FREE!

Once you’ve investigated these two treats, you can wander in to Kara’s Cupcakes for some sugar overload on thier Meyer Lemon cupcake that is to die for.

But, on May 16th, from 1pm to 6pm, you simply must come to the Uncorked! Wine Festival!  Here, you can listen to the live music, learn something new at the wine seminars, and watch the magic of cooking demonstrations.  THIS is all free!  But there is also a rather expansive list of wines being poured, for which you will need to buy a ticket.  Wineuncorked3 Tasting tickets are $50, and proceeds benefit La Cocina.

La Cocina is San Francisco’s first incubator kitchen. La Cocina was founded to serve as a platform for low-income entrepreneurs launching, formalizing or expanding their food businesses. La Cocina provides affordable commercial kitchen space and industry-specific technical assistance to low-income entrepreneurs in order to bring their businesses quickly to a point of self-sufficiency.  So really, you are drinking for charity!

Wineries that will be pouring include:

  • Alexander Valley Vineyard, Healdsburg
  • Arrowood Vineyards, Glen Ellen
  • Artisan Family of Wines, Napa
  • Barber Cellars, Pacifica
  • Barefoot Winery
  • Beringer Vineyards, St. Helena
  • Berryessa Gap Vineyards, Winters
  • Carica, San Leandro
  • Carrefour Vineyards, Napa
  • Cellar No. 8, Cloverdale
  • Chateau St Jean, Kenwood
  • Clos du Bois, Geyserville
  • D & L Carinalli Vineyard, Sebastopol
  • Dashe Cellars, Oakland
  • Deerfield Ranch Winery, Glen Ellen
  • Engelmann Cellars, Fresno
  • Esterlina Vineyards, Healdsburg
  • Etude Wines, Napa
  • Frey Vineyards, Redwood Valley
  • Hall Wines, St. Helena
  • Hanna Winery, Healdsburg
  • Harvest Moon Winery, Santa Rosa
  • Hook & Ladder Winery, Santa Rosa
  • Howell Mountain Vineyards, Rutherford
  • Ironstone, Lodi
  • Martin Ray, Santa Rosa
  • Meridian Vineyards, Paso Robles
  • O’Brien Estate, Napa
  • Peacock Family Vineyards, St. Helena
  • Pezzi King Vineyards, Healdsburg
  • PS I Love You-Petite Sirah advocacy group*
  • Rosa d’Oro Vineyards, Kelseyville
  • Sarah’s Vineyard, Gilroy
  • Sbragia Family Vineyards, Geyserville
  • Sol Rouge, Kelseyville
  • Somerston/Priest Ranch, Napa
  • Souverain, Healdsburg
  • Starlite Vineyards, Geyserville
  • Stags Leap Winery, Napa
  • St. Clement, St. Helena
  • Sterling Albert Winery, Concord
  • Suacci Carciere, Sebastopol
  • Truchard Vineyards, Napa
  • Wattle Creek Winery, Cloverdale
  • White Cottage Ranch Winery, Angwin
  • Yorkville Cellars, Yorkville
  • Zina Hyde Cunningham, Boonville

Since I have been running around so much going to tastings here and tastings there, I am really looking forward to enjoying a weekend in my home town, where I can support a great cause, and drink some great wine.

I hope to see you there!  Happy drinking.

BreastFest 2008 is Saturday!

July 10, 2008


No, it’s not an opportunity for you to see boobies.

Officially known as Microbreweries Fighting Cancer, this festival brings together good food, good people, of course, good beer, and a great cause.

Take the ferry on over to Larkspur, and participate in the cause!
Tickets are $35 at the door, and give you a commemorative glass as well as all the beer you can drink. Food is available for a small charge as well.

Participating breweries include:

  • Marin Brewing Company
  • 21st Amendment, (one of my favorite brew pubs in the city)
  • Anderson Valley
  • Beach Chalet another of my favorites
  • BJ’s Brewery
  • Black Diamond
  • Broken Drum
  • Drakes Brewing
  • Fox Barrel Cider
  • Half Moon Bay
  • Iron Springs
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co
  • Magnolia Pub
  • Moon Light
  • Moylan’s
  • Mateveza
  • Mount St. Helena
  • North Coast
  • Rubicon
  • Russian River
  • Santa Cruz
  • Seabright
  • Stone Brewery
  • Third Street Aleworks
  • Triple Rock
  • Two Rivers Cider

Red Wine & Brews Festival – Carmel Valley

June 17, 2008

I was recently in Carmel Valley wine tasting, and was happily impressed by most of the offerings, particularly from Parsonage and Bernardus.
My friend just told me he would be manning his hand crafted woodcrafts booth (Green Tree Designs) at the festival, so why not come down and check it out?