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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Wilted Greens with Pinot Noir Pears

Spring time is a great time for chard. In our garden the chard over-wintered from last fall and now it is thriving. If you have a good supply of fresh chard, try this recipe provided by Mirassou Winery in California.

Wines of South Africa

This week we went to the Four Seasons located close to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for a Wines of South Africa tasting. Jim Clarke, a sommelier and a wine ambassador for South Africa’s wines, offered a very good two-hour presentation including a multimedia presentation that included 12 wines from different regions of South Africa.

A Proper Pink Wine from Bonny Doon Vineyard

Last night we had a typical summer-type dinner that included grilled chicken, homemade potato salad and a spinach salad with bacon and hardboiled eggs. What to pair with such a feast? Our decision was a rosé wine produced by Bonny Doon Vineyard in California.

Cass Vineyard & Winery Recipe

After attending the CABs of Distinction event last week in Paso Robles’s wine country, we have been visiting each of the wineries that are members of the CAB Collective group. The recipe below is from Cass Winery and calls for 1/2 cup of their Cass’13 Backbone Syrah.

Reflections on a Winery

This post is more of a complaint that we seldom encounter. Yesterday, our hotel sponsored a wine tasting during the late afternoon. The representative from a local winery immediately poured a glass of sparkling wine. She told us that it was made from Chardonnay. All was well until another guest called it champagne. The winery […]

Cabernet Clones in Paso Robles

One of the intriguing panel discusiions at the CABs of Distinction event last week was “Know Your Cab Clones.”

CABs of Distinction: The Judgement of Paso

I was invited to attend the session “The Judgement of Paso.” This was a blind tasting of wines from Paso Robles, Napa and Bordeaux. Rather than emulating past prejudices, I refrained from trying to tell the regions the wines were from. Kathy and I have made barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon at wineries in Maryland and […]

Discover Paso Robles “Other Cabernet”

Paso Robles wineries want you to discover “The Other Cabernet.”  At the CABs of Distinction event,“The Other Cabernet” was one of the panel sessions. This panel focused on Cabernet Franc. Bob Bath, from Napa’s famed Culinary Institute of America (CIA) led the discussion and introduced the session by speaking about the excitement generated by Cabernet […]

CABs of Distinction Walk Around Tasting

Yesterday Kathy and I attended a walk around tasting of Bordeaux varietal wines, mostly Cabernet Sauvignon. This was a session in the Paso Robles Cab Collective’s event called CABs of Distinction. Taking the advice of New York Times wine writer Eric Asimov, I wrote haikus for several of the wines rather than traditional wine notes. […]

Flying Over Vineyards Into San Luis Obispo

Yesterday we flew into the smallest airport we have ever been to. The last small airport we were at was in Colorado and we still are delighted to tell others about how friendly and low key it was. However, the trip to the San Luis Obispo airport was also outstanding.

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