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Wine Blending with Kendall Jackson

Wine Blending with Kendall JAckson

Wine is a drink made from fermented grapes that has been popular for centuries. It is only in the recent past, perhaps the last several decades, where wine has gone from an ok-tasting (and sometimes quite bad) alcoholic beverage to something of an art form. A great bottle of wine, much like a great olive oil, has lots of complex flavors and goes down smoothly ... Read More »

Easy Sangria

Easy Sangria

Sangria is a favorite drink of mine for parties. Sweet and easy to drink, it is versatile and works for just about every occasion. It also happens to be very easy to make. My Easy Sangria is a simple recipe that never lets me down – and I pretty much always have ingredients to make it on hand in my kitchen. Because it takes very ... Read More »

Wine at Starbucks: A Starbucks Evenings visit

Mac n' Cheese from Starbucks

Starbucks is a coffee shop, so it was a surprise to me to learn that some of their locations are now serving wine in a program called Starbucks Evenings. As part of the program, these stores serve a variety of wines and small plates dishes after 4pm. The idea is that many customers already come to Starbucks to relax and unwind with coffee, but that ... Read More »

Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa, California

Fermentation Barrels at Mondavi

Robert Mondavi is one of the most recognizable names in Napa because the Mondavi family were pioneers in Napa valley wines. The Robert Mondavi Winery was founded in 1966 with the goal of producing wines in Napa that could rival anything produced in Europe. The wine culture at the time was small, but Mondavi persevered, along with other small and dedicated winemakers, until the the ... Read More »

Luna Vineyards, Napa, California

Luna Vineyards Sign

Luna Vineyards is one of the first wineries that you will come to as you leave Napa and head up the Silverado Trail, one of the two main roads running through the Napa Valley. The winery is beautiful, a recreated Tuscan villa surround by acres of vines growing primarily pinot gris grapes. Here, they specialize in Italian varietals and you’ll find wines like Pinot Grigio ... Read More »

Paraduxx Winery, Napa, California

Paraduxx Winery Tasting Room

Paraduxx is a relatively small Napa winery that specializes in Napa Valley red wine blends. It is a subsidiary of Duckhorn Wine Company, a much larger brand, and although the Paraduxx blends have been produced for nearly two decades, their winery only opened in 2005 when they acquired some great vineyards on the Silverado Trail. Their wines are zinfandel-based, with other varietals such as Cabernet ... Read More »

Sauced Measuring Wine Glass

Sauced wine glass

It is often said that you shouldn’t cook with a wine that you wouldn’t want to drink because a good tasting wine is going to infuse the best flavor into your dish, whether you’re cooking a meal that just calls for a splash of wine or making a sauce that calls for a lot of it. When you have a good tasting wine, however, you ... Read More »

Sip, Bite, Blog 2011 at Kendall Jackson Vineyards

Kendall Jackson Harvest

I was fortunate enough to be invited to Kendall Jackson’s Sip, Bite, Blog event this year, since members of the outstanding Kendall Jackson team happen to be fans of Baking Bites. The event included about a dozen bloggers, and we all traveled to Sonoma, California for a long weekend of wine tasting and wine education. Food and wine go hand-in-hand (even with dessert!) and it’s ... Read More »

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