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HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2018!

  It has been quite a year. And, it is especially so for many of us here in California. It is very sad that so many lives were lost and so much property destroyed. But we feel blessed. Life goes on, and there are many reasons to be especially thankful this year. Now, as always, […]

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A VERY SPECIAL WINE AND FOOD DINNER

  HILLSIDE HOUSE DINNER @ BACCHUS SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 At this year’s annual Hillside House Sunset Soirée fundraising dinner (to read about the event click here ) my wife Laurie and I donated two wine and food dinners at our house, which is named Bacchus after the Roman god of wine. The first of those […]

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DON SCHLIFF’S RARE VINTAGE PORT TASTING: 1935 AND 1945

  Event organizer Don Schliff heating Port tongs before applying to neck of bottles Don Schliff, renowned collector of Vintage Ports and one of the founders of Wine Warehouse in Los Angeles, organized another historic Port tasting in February this year, featuring twelve Ports from the great 1945 vintage, accompanied by four top Ports from […]

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BONNY DOON VINEYARD WINE AND FOOD DINNERS

  Two years in the planning, two dinners featuring a wide variety of Bonny Doon Vineyard wines back to 1985 (the winery was founded in 1983) were held in September of last year. The first dinner was at our home and the second dinner was at the home of my friend Richard Banks. The wines […]

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VISIT TO AU BON CLIMAT & QUPÉ AND A GREAT UPCOMING WINE & FOOD EVENT

   Mind Behind Recently I visited Jim Clendenen, the founder and owner of Au Bon Climat aka “Mind Behind,” and his crew at Au Bon Climat & Qupé winery which is also affectionately referred to as “The Shed.” Accompanying me was Craig Olson, the President and CEO of Hillside House. Founded in 1945, Hillside House is a […]

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CELEBRATIONS WITH OLD WINES & GOOD FRIENDS

  We were recently evacuated from our home in Montecito for nearly a month. During this time we stayed in many places including the homes of friends. Once we were back in our home we decided it was celebration time. AN ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION The first was the occasion of our long term great friend, […]

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2017!

   FOOD AND WINE IDEAS What a great time of the year. It’s almost Thanksgiving again. For as long as I can remember I have loved Thanksgiving. It is a very special time for me and my family and friends. Reproduced below is my first Underground Wineletter article on Thanksgiving. The article is followed by […]

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RIDGE VINEYARDS – NEW RELEASES, A SPECIAL CHARITY EVENT FEATURING RIDGE WINES, & NOTES ON THREE GREAT OLD RIDGE WINES

   New Ridge Releases New releases from Ridge are always a treat as this is one winery that only produces gorgeous balanced food friendly wines that can be consumed young and also can age effortlessly for many years. Here is the introduction from my last Ridge article on the fall 2016 releases and ingredient labeling […]

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A VISIT TO DIAMOND CREEK VINEYARDS AND GREAT WINE AND FOOD

  My history with Diamond Creek goes back to the very beginning (to read a recent article with background on the beginning of Diamond Creek and my involvement there click here). Earlier this year my wife Laurie and I paid a visit to Diamond Creek. We had a wonderful visit with Boots Brounstein, her son […]

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2016 THANKSGIVING POSTSCRIPT AND MORE!

Thanksgiving 2016 has been long gone for most people – except at our house. At our house we began preparing and making different things in November well before Thanksgiving. This gives me a chance to try a lot of different wines as well. Then Thanksgiving goes on for a long time. For us our traditional […]

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