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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
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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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23 October, 2018

McCay Trulux Zinfandel 2014

McCay Trulux Zinfandel 2014
Posted in : Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca
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McCay Trulux Zinfandel 2014 Lodi, CA If Anne Shirley’s cherry cordial was blackberry instead, this is exactly how I imagine it. Medium-bodied with a nose full of very dark, extra ripe berries. I want to make a syrup with it and pour it over pancakes or maybe reduce it with vinegar for a tasty drizzle.
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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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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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28 June, 2018

Chateau Montelena Calistoga Zinfandel 2014

Chateau Montelena Calistoga Zinfandel 2014
Posted in : Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca
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Chateau Montelena Calistoga Zinfandel 2014 Calistoga, CA Obligatory disclaimer: I received this bottle of Chateau Montelena Calistoga Zinfandel 2014 as a free sample for review. The Wine This Napa Valley zinfandel was aged in Irish oak barrels, which is a highly unusual choice for Californian winemaking. It smells like a candy that doesn’t exist but
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25 June, 2018

Milk & Honey Cream Liqueur Review

Milk & Honey Cream Liqueur Review
Posted in : Beverage, Liqueurs, Product Reviews, Recipes on by : becca
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Milk & Honey Cream Liqueur ABV: 12.5% The Liqueur I first heard about Milk & Honey in 2015, when Justin Lubin, who developed the liqueur, contacted me to taste test it. Obligatory disclaimer: The bottle I’m reviewing was sent as a thank you gift from Lubin for my participation in that early stage of its
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18 December, 2017

Best Food Products Liveblogged at the 2017 International Food Bloggers Conference

Best Food Products Liveblogged at the 2017 International Food Bloggers Conference
Posted in : Beverage, Food, Product Reviews on by : becca
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Liveblogging sessions are always a highlight of the Wine Bloggers Conferences I’ve attended since 2014. So it should come as no surprise that I found the liveblogging session at my first International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) to be the most exciting event there as well. The IFBC took place in Sacramento, CA, at the end
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8 November, 2017

Vale do Bomfim 2015 Red Wine Blend

Vale do Bomfim 2015 Red Wine Blend
Comments : 1 Posted in : Other Red Blends, Red Wine, Touriga Nacional, Wine on by : becca
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Vale do Bomfim 2015 Red Wine Blend Douro, Portugal 13.9% ABV I’m about to leave for the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Rosa, and I thought, before I take off, I’d post one of my regular features since I started this blog in 2007: the simple wine review. Wine blogging has changed a lot
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15 August, 2017

Gott’s Roadside Summer Menu

Gott’s Roadside Summer Menu
Comments : 2 Posted in : Dining in Palo Alto - CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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Obligatory disclaimer: The food I’m about to review from Gott’s Roadside summer menu was entirely free to me. I love when restaurants add new menu items to celebrate a change in seasons. I love it even more when they invite me out to taste them. You might think mid-August a little late to write up
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28 July, 2017

Farley’s East Expansion and New Menu

Farley’s East Expansion and New Menu
Comments : 3 Posted in : Coffee Shops, Coffee Shops in Oakland - CA, Dining in Oakland - CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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Farley’s East (33 Grand Ave) has been a fixture of Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood for eight years now, and after the space next door opened up, owners Chris and Amy Hillyard jumped at the chance to expand the shop. Especially as the purchase would mean that Farley’s East would finally acquire a full kitchen! Yes, it’s
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