Wine Events: February 2013 Campbell Wine Walk

Last Wednesday, the Campbell Wine Walk brought together 24 wineries who were scattered about the downtown area in various businesses, each pouring two or three different wines. The goal was to promote local business by pairing them with wineries so each gets exposed to a different clientele than they might ordinarily see. Most wineries send someone quite knowledgeable to answer questions, often the winemaker or tasting room manager, which is great for serious wine lovers who want to know a little more about what they are drinking.

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Ready for Valentine’s Day: Perfect Wine and Chocolate Pairings

Wine and Chocolate LoveWine and chocolate. To some they are an integral part of a special Valentine’s Day.  I know many people tend to view chocolate as one of the basic food groups (my wife certainly does) and Valentine’s Day seems like the perfect occasion to celebrate the pairing of wine and chocolate.  Contrary to popular belief, wine and chocolate are a tough combination to match.  Even the best-balanced wine will taste like vinegar if you drink it after eating a sweet piece of chocolate.

To help you avoid these an other blunders, we’ve provided a few wine and chocolate pairing rules to help you match your favorite chocolate with several carefully chosen wines. So the next time you’re asking, “What chocolates go best with which wines?”, well, you’ll at least be a bit better prepared.

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Wine Travels: Visiting California’s Corralitos Wine Trail

Windy Oaks Winery


December 1st, 2012


Karen – Ken
Check out their tastes and Bios here

Wineries Visited:

Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards and Winery – Production: 2,500 cases
Alfaro Family Vineyards – Production: 8,000 cases
Nicholson Vineyards – Was not able to visit due to some localized flooding on the estate
Pleasant Valley – Was not able to visit due to some localized flooding on the estate
Poetic Cellars – Not a Corralitos Winery but due to reasons explained below, we tacked on a visit to them. Listing:

View more information for Corralitos Wine Trail Wineries on their Association listing on the main web site.

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Best Wine and Food Pairings for your Valentine’s Day Dinner

Valentine's Day WineValentine’s Day – it’s a Holiday unlike any other. The traditional autumn and winter Holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years revolve around lots of family, friends, food, and parties. The summer Holidays of Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day bring visions of parties, picnics, BBQ, and swimming.

Valentine’s Day is unique though. It’s usually not about large groups. It’s meant for two. It’s about romance and rediscovering each other. On Valentine’s Day, three or more is truly a crowd (unless you are into that sort of thing) but like all the other Holidays, a great Valentine’s Day often involves a carefully prepared meal – perhaps a candlelit dinner or romantic picnic.

But have you ever asked yourself, “What wines pair best with food for Valentine’s Day?” Pairing wine with a Valentine’s Day meal offers a different challenge than the other Holidays. Large groups of people go through large amounts of wine (at least at my house they do) so you can bring out an array of wines to match each course. An intimate dinner for two usually won’t involve three or four bottles though, so planning a Valentine’s day meal with wine to accompany it can be tricky.

That’s why we’re here to help!

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Beer Belly or Wine Rack? Choosing the Ideal Beverage for a Super Bowl Party

Yes, is a site dedicated to wine, but we like beer too.  For the Super Bowl, here are some useful tips to help you decide whether wine or beer will be your beverage of choice.

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Super Bowl Party Foods and Wine: A Perfect Pairing

Super Bowl Party Foods and Wine PairingSuper Bowl Sunday is approaching, and with it comes an unofficial American holiday of eating, drinking, and spending time with friends. And commercial watching, of course. Whether your team is in the big game or not, there’s a good chance that you’ll be spending Super Bowl Sunday with food and an adult beverage (perhaps many beverages) in your hand.  Why not make that beverage, a great glass of wine?

So what do you do when you show up to a Super Bowl party and need to pair typical football food fare with wine? Is there anything that pairs perfectly with nachos and chicken wings? Well … Not exactly perfectly, but there are wines that will pair better than others.

So join us as we look at pairing our favorite wines with some of the typical food found during a Super Bowl party. Use this as a guide to game plan for a party, and you’ll be promised to be this Sunday’s Super Bowl MVP … Most Valuable Purveyor!

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