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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, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, White 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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4 March, 2017

Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015

Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Rose 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 : 1 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Red 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/Sherry Wines 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, 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 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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7 December, 2016

Paris Baguette’s New Dublin Store

Paris Baguette’s New Dublin Store
Comments : 2 Posted in : Dining in Dublin, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: This was an invited visit to Dublin’s Paris Baguette and thus, all food and drink was free to me. Early in November, I was invited out to Paris Baguette’s newest franchisee in the Bay Area: the Dublin store opened just over a month ago at the Almond Plaza shopping center. Before this visit,
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5 December, 2016

The Lunchpad in San Francisco

The Lunchpad in San Francisco
Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Dining in San Francisco, CA, Restaurants, Vodka on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory disclaimer: This post is based on a media event held by the Lunchpad, so portions are sized down and it was all free to me. The Lunchpad has been holding court in Hayes Valley’s Noir Lounge for about three years now, transforming the posh, gothic nightlife space into . . . a posh, gothic
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25 November, 2016

Château Ksara 2013 Reserve du Couvent

Château Ksara 2013 Reserve du Couvent
Comments : 2 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Château Ksara 2013 Reserve du Couvent Bekaa Valley, Lebanon Obligatory disclaimer: This Château Ksara 2013 Reserve du Couvent was given to me for review. Founded by Jesuit priests in the mid-1800s, Château Ksara boasts Lebanon’s oldest vineyards, though winemaking in the country dates back 5,000 years. I’ve had the chance to sip a number of
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