Meatless Monday: Shiitake Tacos & Two Shepherds Pastoral Blanc

We’re taking a quick break from our virtual Burgundy tour for Meatless Monday. Today we’re trying Shiitake Tacos from the Herbivoracious cookbook by Michael Natkin.  We tried pairing the tacos with a Two Shepherds Pastoral Blanc white blend from one of our recent discoveries in Sonoma.  We loved the tacos, and we loved the wine, … Continue reading

Unti Vineyards: Italy in Sonoma

If you visit Sonoma add Unti Vineyards to your list.  If you like food friendly wines (less oak, lower alcohol, more acidity) don’t wait to visit, just place an order.  Even if you’re not ready to order, sign up for their mailing list; their newsletter offers a glimpse of their personality with plenty of tongue-in-cheek … Continue reading

An Exceptional Pairing: Cool Climate Syrah & Lamb Chops

One of my favorite pairings is a cool climate Syrah with grilled lamb chops, and this one was exceptional: Anthill Farms Sonoma Coast Syrah and Star Thrower Farm lamb chops.  Wow! I had planned a vegetarian dinner for Meatless Monday, but I realized Julie had an evening commitment.  It was my chance for lamb chops … Continue reading

A Favorite Winery – Wind Gap Wines

When you pull up to Wind Gap you might wonder if you are at the right place. You made it to Forestville, a sleepy little town near Santa Rosa, CA.   You see an old fruit processing factory and there won’t be a tour bus anywhere in sight.  In fact you’ll have to call ahead … Continue reading

Domaine Rouge-Bleu Dentelle & Braised Chicken

If you’re a red wine drinker looking for a wine to go with lighter foods,  Domaine Rouge-Bleu Dentelle may be just the ticket.  This Rhone blend of Carignan and Grenache was perfect with a cheese plate, braised chicken and roast acorn squash! Upon opening, Dentelle has a very earthy aroma.  It dissipates in 15 minutes … Continue reading

“Our Grand Meander” Walla Walla – Rulo Winery

We met Kurt and Vicki Schlicker last year on our trip to Walla Walla and were intrigued by their journey into winemaking as well as their incredible wines.  Typically a white wine drinker, Julie has become a fan of these restrained, old-world reds thanks to RULO wines! Kurt got a microbiology degree from Stanford and worked … Continue reading

“Our Grand Meander” Walla Walla – Rotie Cellars

One of our first stops in Walla Walla was at the Rotie Cellars tasting room.  We met owner and winemaker Sean Boyd last year and joined the wine club (the “Rotiesians.”)  This year, we visited in the midst of the hectic fall harvest/crush.  We weren’t able to catch Sean, but Alicia, the tasting room manager … Continue reading

Domaine Rouge-Bleu CdR & Lamb Chops

After discovering Sunshine Harvest Farms at the farmers markets this year, I now keep locally raised lamb chops in the freezer, ready at any time!  I really wanted to make some lamb chops this week, so I was looking forward to trying this wine with lamb. Cotes du Rhone wines are some of the most … Continue reading

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