sueños, guitarras, paella. {spain}

I don’t know how it happened, but Spain wove its way into my heart since I was very young.  I was fascinated with flamenco dancers as a child (my mom can tell you stories about this), I was probably one of the only 16 year olds I knew who listened to Spanish guitar music (receiving weird […]

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tasting wine like a pro

Swirl your glass? Sniff it? Sip it? Which comes first? Drinking wine is generally straightforward, but tasting it involves a bit of patience, attention to detail, and practice. Here are the basics of wine tasting and what to look for when trying a wine for the first time. Observe the color Tip your wine glass […]

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postcard from france: Château Bélingard (Monbazillac)

Here is one of my favorite shots from Château Bélingard, owner of one of the biggest vineyards in Monbazillac.  Sitting here in San Francisco on a sunny Friday afternoon, I can’t help but let my mind wander to just a couple of months ago when I spent two weeks worth of lazy afternoons gallivanting around the […]

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red, red (premier cru classé) wine.

It’s amazing to me that I worked in the wine business for four years before actually ever making it to France.  In fact, it took me awhile to even really like French wine, as all I ever really grew up with were wines from Napa Valley, the Sierra Foothills (thanks to my Aunt who lived […]

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a day at domaine carneros.

Domaine Carneros exterior I’ve been trying to convince Jules to move us to France.  Aside from the many obvious reasons – the cheese, the wine, and also,hello, it’s FRANCE, I think I would like to experience living abroad at least once in my life and perhaps one day return to the US a much more […]

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sipping guide: new year’s sparklers

photo by Chris Chapman I’ve had a few friends ask me over the past couple of weeks for recommendations as to what Champagne they should buy as gifts, and what they should drink at their own parties.  As my previous job was in the wine industry, I’ve had some wonderful opportunities to taste some great […]

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pinot days: harvest.

our bounty I can’t write about this day without mentioning LB (he absolutely dreads when I write about him), but really, I am so very proud of him for pursuing his dream of making wine.  This photo set marks the second harvest that he put together for his Pinot Noir.  We gathered twice as many […]

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