• Sonoma County Harvest Fair

    I remember when I was growing up in Toronto (Canada, eh) that one of the annual events that I always wanted to attend was the Canadian National Exhibition at...


  • Rustic and Rewarding

    For this week's Wine and Music pairing, we have a Michigan based 5 piece band called Frontier Ruckus  and a 2005 Petit Sirah from California based Ursa...


  • A Picturesque Pairing

    Thus far in my Wine and Music pairings (which started in May), I have not included any “classical” music and have focused mostly on summery and zesty...


  • Half Full

    Lately, I've been writing a lot of “how to” entries and I know these can be semi-mundane, but hopefully they're creating a solid foundation for further...


  • Pairing Wine and Music - Share in the Fun

    “If you're feeling what I'm feeling come on, all you soul searching people come on.”- Delta SpiritIn an effort to share in the fun of Wine and Music...


  • How to order wine

    For some, ordering their tall (or is it short??) double, skinny, mocha, latte, iced first thing in the a.m. is a no brainer, but don't feel as confident when...


  • Esoteric Electronic

    This week's Wine and Music Pairing includes a 2006 Pinot Noir from Kent Rasmussen's Esoterica label and a track called ‘Vine to Vine' from Matthew Dear's...


  • Bohemian Highway Blues

    “Uncork, unwind and let the journey begin” - Bohemian Highway WineryThe first time I purchased Bohemian Highway Chardonnay was just after a long windy...


  • The Art of Blending

    At Larkmead Vineyards we have a Tasting Room. But as our venerable, resident raconteur and Winery General Manager likes to say, we don't normally give tours...


  • Dog Days of Summer...

    I know it is not a good idea to complain about summer. It is a time where everyone can get outdoors enjoy the weather and not have to have numerous layers...


  • Stampa

    I am still toying with the shape and tone of this blog so forgive me as I feel my way. This week I feel compelled to comment on some Italian-wine news that...


  • Complimentary Cool

    For this week's Wine and Music post, we continue to explore the pairing potential of Willamette Valley, Oregon with a 2006 Pinot Noir accompanied by a silky...


  • Robert Parker Goes Under the Feiring Squad

    It's hard to read the title of Alice Feiring's new book without construing the work as a well-aimed character assassination on the world's most prolific wine...


  • Unoaked Dub

    For today's Wine and Music pairing I chose a refreshing 2006 California Chardonnay and a flavorful Dub album which was released in 2007. The wine is...


  • The Omnibibers' Dilemma

    I have prematurely become an old man in at least one respect, I yell at mass media devices when I am angry or upset. I haven't crossed the line to where I am...


  • Wine and the economy

    This past Sunday I was at Loxton Cellars working at the tasting bar as I usually do.  It was the Sunday of the Memorial Day weekend.  Typically the Sunday...


  • Music and Wine

    The concept of pairing wine and music has been gaining in popularity especially as a result of two recent news items. A paper published by Heriot Watt...


  • London Calling

    Trade fairs, no matter the trade, are a Darwinian exercise in survival of the fittest; specifically survival of the flashiest. I am often reminded of Bourbon...


  • Art and Music and Wine

    Last week in the Snooth forums, Philip linked to a BBC news article that reported on a recent University study that claims background music has an impact on...


  • Birthday Bash Wines

    To celebrate my husband's most recent birthday, we invited my cousin and her man over to our place for exuberant bash for four. And by exuberant I mean that...


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