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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.
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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29 March, 2017

From Wine to William Tell Cider: The Scotto Brothers Can Juice!

From Wine to William Tell Cider: The Scotto Brothers Can Juice!
Posted in : Cider, Mead, Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris on by : The Gourmez
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If you’re wondering if I meant that post title to be a pun, wonder no longer— The pun works on so many levels, I couldn’t resist! Of course, your appreciation of my cleverness may be enhanced if you have some background information on Scotto Cellars, a fifth-generation, Lodi-based winemaking family that has climbed out of
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24 March, 2017

Raw Spice Bar Spice Delivery Service

Raw Spice Bar Spice Delivery Service
Posted in : Food, Product Reviews on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: This Oktoberfest spice delivery was free in exchange for my review of Raw Spice Bar. I don’t review the same thing often, but when Raw Spice Bar asked again, I said “Sure!” right away because I really do believe in the benefit of what they’re offering for the foodies among us.   For those
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14 March, 2017

Left Coast Cellars Wines

Left Coast Cellars Wines
Posted in : Other Sparkling Wine Types, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: Left Coast Cellars provided these wines for my review for free. My experience with Left Coast Cellars (website here) is not a long one…but it has certainly been a fruitful one. And I didn’t even intend that to be a wine pun. Ivy Hover is Left Coast’s marketing director, an A+ person, and my
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8 March, 2017

Wined and Dined by St. Amant at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference

Wined and Dined by St. Amant at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference
Comments : 1 Posted in : Barbera Rose, Dessert Wine, Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Rose Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Six months have passed since last year’s Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, but I’ve been wanting to write about one more experience from it ever since – the Wine Blogger Awards Banquet. It’s not the cheesy emceeing of Alan Kropf I want to highlight, though that cracked me up quite a bit. Nor was it
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