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27 March, 2014

Wine Tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Wine Tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Comments : 4 Posted in : Travel, Travel Guide for Santa Cruz, CA on by : The Gourmez
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For Christmas, the darling husband bought us Santa Cruz Mountains wine passports, an excellent gift. I wasn’t a wine drinker when I lived in Santa Cruz, so now that I’m in the Bay, I’ve wanted to try what that designation has to offer. Plus, any excuse for a weekend in Santa Cruz is a good
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28 January, 2014

Homewood Winery Merlot Port 2010

Homewood Winery Merlot Port 2010
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Port/Sherry Wines on by : The Gourmez
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Homewood Winery Merlot Port 2010 Dry Creek, CA I picked up this bottle on a recent sojourn to Sonoma from the one vineyard we ventured to on a quick day trip to the region. I thought the merlot port delicious in the tasting room, and I’m interested to see how it stacks up when drunk
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23 January, 2014

A Foodie Day Trip to Sonoma

A Foodie Day Trip to Sonoma
Comments : 2 Posted in : Travel, Travel Guide for Sonoma, CA on by : The Gourmez
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My first visit to Sonoma took place a few days before Thanksgiving 2013. It was a quick jaunt into the winery-laden countryside not so far from San Francisco. The downtown area is very cute, full of alleyways and courtyards that hide a range of stores and tasting rooms. Of course, I managed to eat and
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21 January, 2014

Fat Grape Winery 2010 Merlot

Fat Grape Winery 2010 Merlot
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Fat Grape Winery 2010 Merlot Northern California I posted recently about what I’d recommend for a foodie day trip to Treasure Island. Fat Grape was the sulfite-free winery we visited that offers a zillion different types of wine to taste for free. The Fat Grape 2010 Merlot was one of two wines that impressed me,
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7 January, 2014

A Foodie Day Trip on Treasure Island

A Foodie Day Trip on Treasure Island
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Travel, Travel Guide for San Francisco, CA on by : The Gourmez
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On the last full weekend of every month, the Treasure Island flea market takes place. It is a great excuse to check out Treasure Island for foodies, because the flea market brings a lot of food trucks with it to what is otherwise a barren land for munchies. But it’s never a barren land for
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5 December, 2013

The Barrel Room

Posted in : Bars in the Bay Area, CA, Beer, Wine, Sake on by : The Gourmez
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I came across the Barrel Room on a night out with an old high school friend, which pretty much describes every night out I’ve had since moving to the Bay Area—I have a lot of old friends to rediscover in this neck of the woods. We wanted somewhere to extend the evening but still hear
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29 November, 2013

Edna Valley Vineyard 2011 Merlot

Comments : 2 Posted in : Appearances, Beer, Wine, Sake, Missing from the Gourmez, Red Wine, Uncategorized on by : The Gourmez
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Edna Valley Vineyard 2011 Merlot Central Coast, CA This merlot’s nose has plastic overtones, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying its raspberry and pepper notes. It’s thin to medium bodied and meatier than expected on drinking. Think nicely seasoned duck with a spicy raspberry and stewed tomato sauce. That pepper will tickle your nose!
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19 November, 2013

2010 Fetzer Crimson Winemaker’s Favorite Red Wine Blend

Comments : 4 Posted in : Appearances, Beer, Wine, Sake, Missing from the Gourmez, Red Wine, Uncategorized on by : The Gourmez
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2010 Fetzer Crimson Winemaker’s Favorite Red Wine Blend Mendocino County, CA I admit to reticence when trying this wine, not knowing if a big label’s wine was up to snuff at under $10. Plus, there were a lot of words on that label, which frankly can be off-putting for those not that skilled in wine-label
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15 October, 2013

Goats in Villages Shiraz Pinotage

Posted in : Appearances, Beer, Wine, Sake, Missing from the Gourmez, Red Wine, Uncategorized on by : The Gourmez
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Goats in Villages Shiraz Pinotage South Africa Note: No vintage I could see. The artwork on this bottle of wine and the playfulness of the distributor’s name — Goats Do Roam — charm me. For Trader Joe’s, this is a high-end bottle at $9.99. Smells like blackberry gumdrops with a hint of licorice. I haven’t
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22 May, 2013

State of the Blog

Comments : 2 Posted in : Announcements, Travel, Writing on by : The Gourmez
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I’m moving to California. There is no set “when” yet, but if all goes well after listing our house next week, it will be sometime in August.  There is no set “where” yet, but if all goes well with Ben’s employment options, it will be in the Bay Area, with LA as a second choice.
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