Passport to Dry Creek Valley

‘Passport to Dry Creek Valley is April 27th & 28th. Passport is an annual event with 40+ wineries participating for the weekend. Wineries choose themes, decorate their tasting rooms, and costume staff. Some outfits go wayyyy out. It lends terrific fun to the tastings and foods served. There is a full line up of additional events. as well. For information and tickets go to Dry … Continue reading Passport to Dry Creek Valley

Christmas dinner at home……

Christmas was celebrated at home this year………… with three exceptional wines! The  2004 vintage Moet & Chandon Brut Rose champagne – Absolutely luscious! Followed by Peter Seghesio’ s 2014 Journeyman Chardonay and the  2014 Rock Garden Zinfandel also created by Peter Seghesio. A memorable line up!           Wishing everyone a peaceful and joyous cruise into the new year! Salud!   Continue reading Christmas dinner at home……

Under $15 a bottle……….

Some friends have asked for recommendations for wine that would be easily available   from major liquor/wine stores around the country.  Not just good wines but good wines at under $15 a bottle. Saturday John and I wandered through a Total Wine store in Sarasota and found some to recommend.  I’ve sent them on to our friends but I thought it would be interesting to … Continue reading Under $15 a bottle……….

Saturday Night Dinner…..

A dinner with good friends this past Saturday brought together some delicious wines. Sea Smoke from Santa Barbara,  a Sonoma spectacular, Kistler and an especially fun, but seriously crafted Walla Walla Washington wine – Sleight of Hand.  They all paired well with the cheeses and the entree of Shrimp Étouffée. Thank you to our hosts.   Great night! Salud!  Debbe Continue reading Saturday Night Dinner…..

Holidays brimming with wine……….

November in Florida is special.  The weather turns almost fall-like and it is finally cool enough across the country to safely ship wine to the gulf coast.  This year November was an early Christmas for us with the arrival not only of our regular orders but also of the wines we selected in August in Walla Walla, WA and from the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Arterberry Maresh  Willamette Valley, Or (photo- … Continue reading Holidays brimming with wine……….

A favorite Friday night dinner……….

One of our favorite relaxing dinners at home is fondue.  I admit to using a packaged (prepared) cheese fondue which I magically doctor with an addition of white wine and spices.  With a good, crusty baguette, an apple, pear and some smoked sausage, this is a heavenly simple dinner. Ahhh……a good bottle of wine to accompany the meal is a must.  Friday night’s was Linne Calodo’s 2009 Booker Red … Continue reading A favorite Friday night dinner……….

What the Big Box Store has……

A Total Wine store opened this weekend in Sarasota.  Curious to see just how many wines from the Willamette Valley region of Oregon and from Washington State’s Walla Walla wine region might be sold there, John and I went shopping. I don’t ordinarily shop Total Wines.  For those who do not know me well, I am not a fan of big box stores or malls. … Continue reading What the Big Box Store has……