Easy Wine and Food Pairing

Pairing wine with food can be a challenging task.  I don’t know about you, but most of the time I feel intimidated by the process.  Anyone can do the white wine/white meat, red wine/red meat thing, but beyond that it can be tricky. Because wine is a natural product, it can vary from vintage to…

Wine changes over time…so does life.

(Image by Charlene Marcum, 2013) Good wine takes time, great wines take even more time.  That is often the case with certain recipes, as well as with life!  Read my latest article for edibleSacramento on exactly this topic.  Here is the intro paragraph.  You can click on the link to get to the website and read…

Red Meat with Red Wine

Red with red, we’ve heard that phrase many times.  It’s written in Chapter 1 of many a wine/food pairing book. But how many of us take matching a step further, considering the manner in which the beef is cooked? I periodically read portions of the book, Taste Buds and Molecules: The Art and Science of…

Sonoma County Summer White Wines

We’ve already passed Memorial Day and it’s quite awhile until  Labor Day, so you know what that means, it’s time for your summer white wines.  Here are three examples from the general Sonoma County area that I have recently tried:  two made from grapes out of the Knights Valley area and one from vineyards near…

Pink Wine: A Red Wine of Another Color

If you take time to tune in to your inner voice, you may find that many of you are seasonal beings.  It’s about this time of year that you start craving strawberries, cherries and begin that yearning for bbqs and watermelon. Whether your cravings are simply a Pavlovian response to the longer, warmer days, or…

HAI DOUZO… SAKE! (Here ya go…Sake)

If I read one more book, article or blog on Japanese sake my head is going to explode.  I didn’t know a thing about sake before agreeing to write this story for Edible Sacramento, but I figured a wine writer can write on rice wine, right (lol–say that phrase 3x fast).  See, I’d had sake…