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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, Coffee in Oakland, CA, Coffee Shops, Coffee Shops, Dining in Oakland, CA, oakland, Restaurants 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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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 : Beer, Wine, Sake, cider, Cider, lodi, Pinot Grigio, tasting notes 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 : Beer, Wine, Sake, bubbly, pinot blanc, pinot gris, Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, tasting notes, White Wine, Wine, wine review 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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4 March, 2017

Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015

Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015
Comments : 1 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, rose, Rose Wine, rose wine, tasting notes, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015 Côtes de Provence, France Obligatory disclaimer: This wine was provided as a sample for my review. I am a firm believer in the rosé any day philosophy, but on a day like this one full of sunshine after a long spat of drought-breaking rain, it’s especially appealing.
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28 February, 2017

Chateau Montelena 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Chateau Montelena 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Comments : 2 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, cab sav, cabernet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Wine, tasting notes, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Chateau Montelena 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, CA Obligatory disclaimer: This wine was provided as a sample for my review. The legend of Chateau Montelena is mighty, being as it took the highest white wine ranking for its 1973 Chardonnay in the 1976 Judgement of Paris, the famed wine competition responsible for California’s rise to
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24 February, 2017

Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port

Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, port, Port/Sherry Wines, reserve, tasting notes, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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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 : Beer, Beer, Wine, Sake, Dining in Walnut Creek, Port/Sherry Wines, prima, Red Wine, Restaurants, Rose Wine, Sparkling Wine, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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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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13 December, 2016

Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ 2016 Fall Flavors Review

Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ 2016 Fall Flavors Review
Posted in : coffee, Coffee Shops, Product Reviews on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: This post is based on free coffee samples I received from Gloria Jean’s Coffees. Gloria Jean’s Coffees is a mall favorite for grabbing a caffeinated treat to keep you buzzing through the holiday throngs. They’re also one of the few coffee shops out there these days that wholeheartedly embraces flavored coffees, and frankly,
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