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16 June, 2017

Roger Constant Lemaire Champage

Roger Constant Lemaire Champage
Posted in : Champagne / Champenoise Style, Sparkling Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: This tasting of Roger Constant Lemaire Champagne was entirely free to me. It’s not every day you get to try some of the world’s best bubbly, and I’m a little in denial that this experience ever happened. But through Luscious Lushes’s wine connections and Brix Chick Liza’s hospitality, I was invited to try
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12 June, 2017

Food Lover Travel: Abalone Getaway and Half Moon Bay’s Chef Series

Food Lover Travel: Abalone Getaway and Half Moon Bay’s Chef Series
Posted in : Announcements, Travel on by : The Gourmez
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I don’t often post press releases at the Gourmez, but sometimes, I think there’s a really unique experience or deal that some of my readers will enjoy hearing about. I have a pair of those today! Yes, these are intended for food lovers with a budget that allows extravagance and if that’s you….take me with
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30 May, 2017

A Vintner’s Village Vacation in Prosser Wine Country

A Vintner’s Village Vacation in Prosser Wine Country
Comments : 3 Posted in : Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dining in Prosser - WA, Other White Blends, Red Wine, Rose Wine, Tasting Rooms in Prosser - WA, Travel Guide for Prosser, WA, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Disclaimer: My experiences at the Vintner’s Village in Prosser were free to me as a member of a media trip sponsored by the Prosser Wine Network. A surefire way to enjoy a visit to Prosser Wine Country, the central Washington region I’ve been writing about since visiting last fall, is to make the Vintner’s Village
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26 May, 2017

A Day in Downtown Prosser

A Day in Downtown Prosser
Comments : 8 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Breweries in Prosser - WA, Dining in Prosser - WA, Restaurants, Tasting Rooms in Prosser - WA, Travel, Travel Guide for Prosser, WA on by : The Gourmez
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Disclaimer: Everything I’m writing about in this downtown Prosser blog post was free to me as part of a media trip sponsored by the Prosser Wine Network. Last time I wrote about Prosser, I wrote about the best wines in the region, many of which can be found in the Vintner’s Village in town or
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16 May, 2017

Pre-order my first book! Wings Unseen flying your way in August.

Pre-order my first book! Wings Unseen flying your way in August.
Comments : 2 Posted in : Writing on by : The Gourmez
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Faithful friends of the Gourmez, if you do not also follow my author blog, you may not be aware that my very first full-length book is slated for publication this summer! Wings Unseen is an epic fantasy ripe for the YA/New Adult markets and any adults as far as I’m concerned.  Meerkat Press is the
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13 May, 2017

J Winery’s Bubble Room

J Winery’s Bubble Room
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, CA, CA, Dining in Healdsburg, Tasting Rooms in Healdsburg on by : The Gourmez
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I was delighted to say yes to an invitation to check out J Vineyards and Winery’s Bubble Room, as my past couple of years blogging in the Bay Area has somehow resulted in remarkably few visits to wine country. Obligatory disclaimer: That means the meal and pairings I’m about to write about were absolutely free
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24 April, 2017

Affordable Vinho Verde Varietals and Vintages

Affordable Vinho Verde Varietals and Vintages
Posted in : Alvarinho / Albarino, Dining in San Francisco - CA, Restaurants, Vinho Verde, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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White wines from the Portuguese Vinho Verde region are some of my favorites, so I jumped at the chance to try a quartet of them last month in San Francisco. Obligatory disclaimer: The food and Vinho Verde wines I’m about to write about were provided for free to me from Benson Marketing, which represents the
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11 April, 2017

Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce Line

Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce Line
Posted in : Food, Product Reviews on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: I received the Gringo Bandito hot sauces as free samples for my review.I love hot sauces. My love for hot sauces extends so deep, I taste-tested the Gringo Bandito trio of hot sauces mere days after recovering from a bacterial infection. Heck, I may not have been fully recovered, if the sniffling in
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6 April, 2017

Drip Line – West Oakland

Drip Line – West Oakland
Posted in : Coffee Shops, Coffee Shops in Oakland - CA on by : The Gourmez
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Drip Line 1940 Union St., Suite #21 West Oakland Website $5–13 Obligatory Disclaimer: This review of Drip Line is based off a media dinner that was entirely free to me. Hidden in the warehouses of West Oakland, you’ll find a new coffee shop full of bright light, much like Trouble Coffee three-quarters of a mile
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5 April, 2017

Lodi Rules Live Virtual Wine Tasting at 4 PST!

Lodi Rules Live Virtual Wine Tasting at 4 PST!
Posted in : Announcements, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Just a quick post to let you know I’ll be participating in the Lodi Rules Live Virtual Tasting at 4 PST today on Facebook! Head to the Lodi Wine Facebook page to join in. We’ll be tasting the wine pictured in that promo shot – Michael David’s 2014 Inkblot Cabernet Franc, Bokisch Vineyards’ 2013 Albarino,
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