Brandy-A Holiday Classic

                        There are so many wines to enjoy during the holidays.  Gorgeous bottle, after gorgeous bottle of red and sparkling present themselves and we often forget about some historical wine treats that have been around for generations:  distilled and fortified wines.  If you lack some real-life experience in this area, brandy may be your perfect foray into this genre.…

Snapshot of A Holiday Favorite

Sparkling wine tops the holiday drink list of many.   From now through January 1st,  everywhere you turn, a festive and bubbly glass is seemingly there for the taking.  Read this latest issue of Edible Sacramento where I provide some background on this special beverage, some purchasing recommendations from Steve Graham of Nugget Market, and some delish cocktail recipes from local Sacramento restaurants…

Appetizer & Wine Pairings

I was recently  asked to pair wines with gorgeous appetizers from Selland's Market in Sacramento.  Click on the link below and flip through this online edition of Kidaround Magazine to find the article where I offer basic tips for pairing, as well as specifics for these particular foods.  There are some beautiful accompanying photos by Penny Sylvia.  The…