Archive for July, 2014

What Does that Bottle Cost? Depends on Where You Live and Who Your Retailer Knows

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County Having lived most of my life in the highly competitive Chicago market I’ve always been able to find everything from tires to fresh mozzarella and of course wine and liquor in a store at…

Mortadella and Fontina Calzone Pie

Pairing – I liked a light Merlot or Pinot Noir with the meat and a hint of mustard

Wine by Land and Water

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma County This edition of the whine offers an interesting contrast of two noted local winemakers; one who uses the land in his approach to winemaking and one who I jokingly observe is making wine from…

French Onion Bites with Port Onion Jam from Pedroncelli Winery

Other uses for the jam:  The Port/Onion Jam also goes great as “condiment” on steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs or sausages and even as a standalone side dish  Pair with 

Fresh Basil Pesto from La Crema Winery

Author: Megan Flynn Peterson Wine: Serve with 

Bittersweet Chocolate Tart

The best match for the tart is your partner’s eyes, shining happily, pretty good huh. Try Madeira with some caramelly flavor and bit of a grip. Port would also be right on.

Beef Meatballs and Mortadella in Creamy Tomato Sauce

Raves From a Special Bordeaux Vintage and Two Valentines Recipes

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma With the 2018 harvest all safely in tanks and barrels wine makers and their staffs are on vacations or at least on short weeks as the whole process starts again soon with pruning and field…

A Little Beer, Lots of Wine and A Tenderloin

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma As you craft your drinking and dining plans for the last two big holidays of the year I offer you some thoughts on what beer you may want to consider , a report on the…

Beef Tenderloin in a Salt Crust

Mix mayo and Grey Poupon in a two to one ratio and a touch of celery salt or seed and you’ll have a lovely sauce for the beef and for the chilled shrimp or crab that you may decide to serve alongside, both with dry…