Squeeze in some pink wine before the first chill hits

(Photos by Charlene Marcum) I love writing for Edible Sacramento; it is a relevant and beautiful publication.  The theme for the last issue was “hot/cold”, and my interpretation of the theme led me to cover pink wines.   It was a spiffy time visiting restaurants and bars around town and tasting their pink wares:  lambrusco,…

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.…

Red Wine for Valentine’s Day

If you'd like a change from the traditional champagne and chocolate pairing of Valentine's Day fame, reach for a red.   While ports are often a paired accompaniment, I like a bold and jammy zinfandel.  Berry-laden and silky on the palate, those zins produced in a heavier style are perfect with chocolate– particularly dark.  My favorite of this style, Rombauer…

Cool Sacramento Wine Digs

If you local wine geeks are like me, you have enjoyed your wine around town in many places!  Who doesn't love 58-degrees, Ella, Sellands, their friends' homes and gardens, the house-red at One Speed, or a glass of Ladera at Tuli—I've loved those spots and so many more.  One place I always enjoyed was L-Street; I would spend most of my…

Wine Tasting Suggestions?????

It's the Holiday Season…and we all know that means it's time for some Christmas cheer, right??   Soon I'll be attending an extremely fun wine tasting party.  It is a blind-tasting and attendees can submit wines for tasting and judging.  I have gone in the past, and it is soooo much fun tasting nearly 20 wines….and then attempting to identify each…

Vineyard Fun Down in the Clarksburg AVA!

Had a great day down at Heringer Estates Vineyard and the Sugar Mill in Clarksburg.  Weather was perfect, setting was gorgeous.  Did some fieldwork on an upcoming story I'm writing for Edible Sacramento's Fall 2011 Issue.  Got to meet Mike Heringer, the dynamic winemaker for this microwinery located down in the Delta.  Tasted about a…