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16 July, 2017

Visit Lodi for…Food Worth Finding!

Visit Lodi for…Food Worth Finding!
Comments : 3 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Dining in Lodi - CA, Restaurants, Tasting Rooms in Lodi - CA, Travel, Travel Guide for Lodi, CA on by : The Gourmez
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In late May, the Visit Lodi tourism bureau invited me and a few other bloggers out for a press trip introducing us to all Lodi has to offer for a weekend trip. The word has spread about Lodi’s quality grapes and up-and-coming wine estates, but there’s not a lot out there yet on what else
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14 July, 2017

Hakushika Hana Kohaku Plum Sake

Hakushika Hana Kohaku Plum Sake
Posted in : Sake on by : The Gourmez
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Hakushika Hana Kohaku Plum Sake Class: Junmai Ginjo Nishinomiya, Japan This sake has added nanko plum extract, which is what makes it such a strongly amber color – in the bottle, it looked more rose pink! It smells like a blend of sake and plum wine with plum and warm rice being the primary notes.
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11 July, 2017

Tasting My Way through Japanese Rice Exports: Grain, Snacks, and Sake

Tasting My Way through Japanese Rice Exports: Grain, Snacks, and Sake
Posted in : Dining in San Francisco - CA, Restaurants, Sake on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: This post on Japanese rice exports to the Bay Area is based on my complimentary invitation from the JRE to the event. As I write this post, I am sipping on Ȯzeki’s Hana-Fuga Peach Sparkling Sake, one of the items in my take-home goodie bag from an informative event hosted by the Japan
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7 July, 2017

Best Wines of Samples Night: Preventing Liquor Cabinet Overflow Since 2017!

Best Wines of Samples Night: Preventing Liquor Cabinet Overflow Since 2017!
Comments : 4 Posted in : Other White Blends, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Occasionally, as a blogger who does reviews, I can get a little behind. Especially as I’m also just a month and a half out from the release of my first book, and a wee bit harried making sure everything’s in place for that. So with a backlog of wines to sample and review—to the point
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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 : 3 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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