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3 January, 2019

Lodi Wine and Chocolate Festival – February 9-10, 2019!

Lodi Wine and Chocolate Festival – February 9-10, 2019!
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Fortified Wine, Garnacha / Grenache, Petite Sirah, Port, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Lodi - CA, Travel Guide for Lodi - CA, Travel Sponsored Stays and Tours, Verdelho, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

It’s 2019 already?! Farewell, 2018, and your delicious food and drink memories. Attending the Lodi Wine and Chocolate Festival for the first time was one of those memories for me. Obligatory disclaimer: My tickets were comped for the 2018 Lodi Wine and Chocolate festival as a media representative. Tickets are now available to the general
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2 November, 2018

Livermore’s Bodegas Aguirre Winery

Livermore’s Bodegas Aguirre Winery
Comments : 2 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Chardonnay, Fortified Wine, Petite Sirah, Port, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Livermore - CA, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

The History Last spring, I had the pleasure of visiting Bodegas Aguirre Winery for the first time. Obligatory disclaimer: This was an invitation extended to media, and thus, free to me. Located in the Livermore Valley, which is a historic Californian wine region, Bodegas Aguirre is the passion project of cardiac surgeon Ricardo Aguirre. Dr.
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24 February, 2017

Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port

Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port
Posted in : Fortified Wine, Port, Wine on by : becca

Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port Douro, Portugal Obligatory disclaimer: This review is based on a sample bottle. I love port. The richness, depth of flavors, and luxurious mood that port imparts are always a wonderful way to end a meal. They are the last crescendo that confirms you have witnessed something glorious this evening. Graham’s
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22 December, 2016

Sustainable Food and Drink of Contra Costa

Sustainable Food and Drink of Contra Costa
Posted in : Dining in Walnut Creek - CA, Fortified Wine, Moscato d’Asti, Port, Red Wine, Restaurants, Sparkling Wine, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

For the second year in a row, I had the honor of attending the Sustainable Contra Costa Awards Gala, an annual fundraiser and ceremony honoring businesses and individuals who’ve modelled sustainable practices in Contra Costa County. Lest you get confused, the event took place in September, not December! I’m a little behind on my blog
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24 October, 2016

Port Pairing for Halloween

Port Pairing for Halloween
Comments : 3 Posted in : Fortified Wine, Port, Wine on by : becca

Halloween is my favorite time of year and port is close to my favorite type of wine, so when I was contacted to do a post on port pairings with Halloween treats, I had to say yes. Obligatory disclaimer: That means I received these wines for free. But not the pairings – I made those!
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3 January, 2011

Quarles Harris Ruby Porto

Comments : 2 Posted in : Fortified Wine, Port on by : becca

Quarles Harris Ruby Porto Gaia, Portugal The smell of this port is unappealing, like glue. Luckily, I already know it isn’t a bad bottle, because I used it in a cranberry curry sauce the other day, and there was no sign of foul tastes, so I’ll carry on past the nose—okay, I’d carry on past
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30 November, 2010

Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry

Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry
Posted in : Fortified Wine, Sherry on by : becca

Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry Jerez, Spain Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry is so well-known, Saturday Night Live did a spoof on it in the 70s. This particular sherry is responsible for the lion’s share of the sherry market in the US. Make no mistake; this is a dessert wine, and I really can’t picture using it
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16 June, 2010

Evenus 2006 Zinfandel Port

Posted in : Fortified Wine, Port on by : becca

Evenus 2006 Zinfandel Port Paso Robles, CA The nose of this lovely dessert wine is mainly black raspberry, but there’s also a hint of licorice, making this a combo that my black-raspberry-gumdrop and black-licorice-loving father would have loved. If he drank. Which he didn’t, really. Okay . . . back on track. The first flavor
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