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Comment Archives: stories: Food & Drink: Swirl

Re: “In Vinum Medicine?

When describing the French who live long in spite of eating rich foods and drinking wine, why does no one mention that most is consumed with food? That's the way it was in my family, whose emigration from France was very long ago. We had a few uncles who sipped wine at other times. They did this in their cellars to avoid the frowns of their wives. But "le diner" and "apres diner" were when most people imbibed.

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Posted by Anne Vallee Williams on 01/17/2015 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Artless Spirit

Damn good and they have it at Whiskey Tip in Santa Rosa, CA! Best Cocktails in town.

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Posted by Sammytheseal on 11/06/2014 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Rhone Rangers

thanks for writing about the upcoming Bay Area grand tasting, sorry you didn't like these two samples. (One isn't a member at this time.)
The Grand Tasting will feature over 100 wineries, pouring over 500 American Rhone wines, so something for everyone, I encourage all to come try! Many of the producers are very small, and from all regions and a number of states.

Sunday April 6th, prior to the Grand Tasting are two seminars, and Saturday evening, April 5th is the Winemakers Dinner at the Generals Residence.


William Allen

Board of Directors, Marketing Committee
President, North Coast Chapter
Rhone Rangers
--Helping wine lovers discover American-grown Rhones--

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Posted by Sonoma William on 03/08/2014 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Arrowood's Way

Incredible wines and a wonderful winemaker. The 2010 Cuvee Alis is heaven in a bottle.

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Posted by Colleen Cahill Titus on 02/19/2014 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Arrowood's Way

You won't find better made wines ANYWHERE!!!! Richard is a wine GOD and he is an amazing person as well! As they said to Mikey 'try it you'll like it!' And in this case you will most likely LOVE it!

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Posted by Renee Schumann Armstrong on 02/19/2014 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Arrowood's Way

One of the best wines you will find...make an appointment as they are friendly and fun...Oh yeah, they make amazing reds!

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Posted by Jeff Schween on 02/19/2014 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Pardon the Turkey

Thanks for this article. I look forward to Tofurky every year! There are other delicious plant-based roasts as well including Gardin Savory Stuffed Turk'y, Gardin Holiday Roast and Trader Joe's Turkey-less Stuffed Roast with Gravy. Thanks for the great ideas for pairing vino with vegan!

Posted by Hope Bohanec on 11/20/2013 at 9:40 AM

Re: “MacLaren Wine Company

What did he teach in elementary school? Probably viticulture, right? Making wine is more fun, I bet. Plus, he probably gets fewer colds.

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Posted by Wendi Cherie Scruggs on 11/14/2013 at 11:29 AM

Re: “BNA Wine Group

How did he get hurt? Did he let you walk with his crutches? Was it fun?

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Posted by Wendi Cherie Scruggs on 10/17/2013 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Garnet Vineyards

Alison makes some killer wines, and I'd recommend anyone who enjoys Pinot Noir to try her Carneros or Rodgers Creek offerings. At $19/29 respectively, they're both a great deal and display some great flavors.

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Posted by Mike on 03/01/2013 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Vermeil Wines

"but he comes out during harvest to tool around on a tractor and catch the Calistoga Speedway's"
Neat, upon what property is running a tractor?
Is he a part-time owner operator of a modest vineyard?
Are they making money from working for his father, twice?
Or does he has ownership of this business in Calistoga.
And is it solvent?
Beautiful Calistoga building with natural light and space on the corner.

Posted by Brad Pipal on 02/02/2013 at 2:34 AM

Re: “Ram's Gate Winery

I have been to Ram's Gate at least once every few months since they opened. Really spectacular winery, with great ambiance. Unlike some others that serve small plates, their food is prepared by an in house chef and far surpasses the usual crackers and nibbles you might get. You'd expect this place to be stuffy/snobby, but there's none of that.

Posted by Mike on 12/10/2012 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery

What a load of BS.

People that opposed the tasting room project won't soon forget the Schwartz's veiled threats of "turning people in for illegal structures" because of their opposition- nor the pompous blight that initiated it.

So please, drink Fort Ross wine... and be sure to toast all the little people that the Schwartz family stepped on to get there. South Africa may be the capital of blood-diamonds... and Fort-Ross is now the capital of bad-blood wine. Enjoy!

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Posted by Jacob Bayless on 08/31/2012 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery

Hi James,
I do enjoy the spry wit of your writing style. I laughed so much when I read the article on the "lavishly spartan" Fort Ross Tasting Room. Lester is still disputing which one of us reminded you of a Berkeley Social Studies Professor... Besides the polished prose, I did appreciate your gracious comments about our wine. Do let me have your email address. Both of us were card-less when we met. I hope that you will come back to visit us when you are in the area.
Best wishes,

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Posted by Linda Schwartz on 08/30/2012 at 10:17 PM

Re: “VJB Estate

We have a vacation rental in Kenwood and recently stopped by the newly completed VJB. What a treat! The grounds are amazing, taking us a bit back to some small palazzo in Italy. The pizza and gelato were excellent and the friendly staff, as always, extremely helpful. This will be a regular stop for us with the amazing atmosphere, people, wines and now, larger selection of food! We are very pleased with the outcome of the project and hope they live long and prosper.

Posted by Wayne Best on 08/22/2012 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Atascadero Creek

Come and select from Bob's wonderful variety of unique West County flavors at The Wineyard in Santa Rosa- where you can drink like a local!

Posted by Dino D'Argenzio on 05/05/2012 at 10:36 AM

Re: “K-J Goes Undercover

I heard the owner of that winery treated ALL of the employees- from the #2 down- like total dogs. That's why it's framed around the figurehead- he was rumored to be a megalomaniac who'd fire his underlings EVERY few years even (especially?) those at the very top just to keep everyone on their toes and was ALWAYS looking to squeeze the workers harder and harder and run the business so lean everyone felt under constant threat. Let's hope the new president- and the current heirs to the former head's estate- are not as despicable.

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Posted by GreatUsrNameReally on 01/29/2012 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Wine Guerrilla

Love wine Guerrilla zins. Glad they are getting the press they deserve.

Posted by Kai Krishna on 12/16/2011 at 5:42 PM

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