The Venue A Passion for Pinot - the Palm Springs Pinot Fest Part 1

A Passion 4 Pinot – The Palm Springs Pinot Fest Part 1

Our friends at Maggy Hawk were kind enough to forward an invitation to this event. So on January 7 we checked into the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert right next to Palm Springs. Our goal: “A Passion 4 Pinot” – The Palm Springs Pinot Fest held the next day. Yes, we know it’s mid-March. Life stuff happens. And we waited for our order from one winery...

Lando bottles Lando Wines

Lando Wines

We were greeted by Sam Lando, founder, owner, and winemaker at Lando Wines. These folks only make Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley pinot noirs. Our bliss point! Sam was pouring three pinots:...

Cover Page Garagiste Sonoma 2022 Overview

Garagiste Sonoma 2022 Overview

On April 30, we made the trek to the town of Sonoma for the Garagiste Sonoma 2022.  It had been a few years since we covered this marvelous event.  And we were not disappointed.  Here’s a...

Chipotle Kung Pao Chicken

I developed this fusion recipe quite a few years ago.  Lots of work, but worth it.  You will need actual chipotles, not just chipotles in adobo.  Enjoy my chipotle kung pao chicken!

New Mexico green chiles New Mexico green chile stew

New Mexico Green Chile Stew

Yeah, off-topic.  This is one of my favorite all-time recipes.  Once upon a time it was hard to find genuine New Mexico green chiles.  Today you can find them canned, occasionally frozen.  This works...

Wine and Cheese Pairings

Wine and Cheese Pairings

Draeger’s is a popular, but small, chain of supermarkets on the San Francisco peninsula.  They recently sent out a guide to wine and cheese pairings.  We understand that there are large...

Siduri chardonnay 2019

Siduri Chardonnay 2019

Yes, you read that correctly.  Siduri has released a chardonnay.  Grapes are from Willamette Valley.  It’s pretty good and, as we expect from these folks, interesting. White flowers, orange blossom...