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9 October, 2018

D-Cubed Cellars: Born of a Yen for Zinfandel

D-Cubed Cellars: Born of a Yen for Zinfandel
Posted in : Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca
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Zinfandel is the best grape out there, as far as Duane David Dappen, owner and winemaker of D-Cubed Cellars, is concerned. As he’s been making wine since 4-H club, he’s had plenty of time to make up his mind! Duane worked at other esteemed wineries early on in his career, but making zinfandel under the
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1 October, 2018

Best Wines (and Armagnac!) of the APVSA Once Upon a Wine Tour

Best Wines (and Armagnac!) of the APVSA Once Upon a Wine Tour
Posted in : Brandy, Red Wine, Spirits, Tempranillo, Vermentino, White Wine, Wine on by : becca
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Early this year, I attended the San Francisco leg of the Association for the Promotion of Wines and Spirits in North America (APVSA) tour of the USA. The Once Upon a Wine tour was this year’s chance for the European labels represented by the APVSA to introduce their wares to potential distributors and importers. Attending
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26 September, 2018

Stellina 2012 Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel

Stellina 2012 Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel
Posted in : Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca
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Stellina 2012 Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi, CA Stellina 2012 Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel comes from Estate Crush, a custom crush facility producing a great many small lot wines from grapes in the Lodi area of California. They sell wine from the Stellina Estate Vineyard under their own Estate Crush label. Its nose offers a
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13 September, 2018

The Inaugural Oakland Cocktail Week 9/15-9/23!

The Inaugural Oakland Cocktail Week 9/15-9/23!
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Oakland - CA on by : becca
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It’s rare that a press release results in a post on the Gourmez, but I’ll make an exception for the inaugural Oakland Cocktail Week, September 15 through 23, 2018. I’ve taken a tour before with Raquel Navarro of See.Eat.Love, a founding company behind the Cocktail Week, so I’m confident it’ll be well organized, and wow,
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10 September, 2018

The Zinfandel Experience from ZAP: Tasting More Zinfandel Than You Knew Existed

The Zinfandel Experience from ZAP: Tasting More Zinfandel Than You Knew Existed
Posted in : Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca
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The Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) association, website here, is one of the most active wine organizations I’ve come across in my decade’s worth of food and drink blogging. If you’re a zinfandel lover like myself, you’ll be interested in all the great events they put on during the year. The next one coming up
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5 September, 2018

The Shrubbery’s Shrubs! Aka, the Joy of Drinking Vinegars

The Shrubbery’s Shrubs! Aka, the Joy of Drinking Vinegars
Posted in : Product Reviews, Recipes on by : becca
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Finally, a shrub syrup that can rightfully call itself drinking vinegar! I’m so glad I stumbled across the Shrubbery’s stand at Worldcon in San Jose last month. I’ve been searching for a shrub up to the task of helping me cut down on alcohol drinking at home. Shrubs, you may be wondering, are not a
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27 August, 2018

Caviar & Cabernet Sauvignon: Jordan Winery’s elegant pairing experiences

Caviar & Cabernet Sauvignon: Jordan Winery’s elegant pairing experiences
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Cabernet Sauvignon, Champagne / Champenoise Style, Chardonnay, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, Tasting Rooms in Napa Valley - CA, White Wine, Wine on by : becca
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For my last post on the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC), I want to highlight the caviar tasting experience Jordan Winery has developed with Tsar Nicoulai Farms. I tried both during a WBC Friday night excursion dinner, which means the food and drink enjoyed was offered at a very steep discount to me <—  Yes,
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2 August, 2018

Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine Now Open in Oakland!

Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine Now Open in Oakland!
Posted in : Dining in Oakland - CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine 336 Webster Street Jack London Square Oakland, CA Fill ‘er up from $12 to $24 Website Last week, I attended the celebration party for the soft opening of Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine in Oakland, the newest restaurant from chef and owner Kasem “Pop” Saengsawang. Obligatory disclaimer: That means everything I’m writing
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27 July, 2018

A Tasting at Turiya Wines

A Tasting at Turiya Wines
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Merlot, Other Red Blends, Petit Verdot, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Lompoc - CA, Wine on by : becca
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Obligatory disclaimer: This tasting of Turiya Wines was free to me. I spent my formative years on the Central Coast, in Santa Maria, California. While I lived there, I had no idea it was a wine-growing region. My family is conservative, religious stock – having a drink is as likely to bring forth admonitions about
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