Recipe – Grilled Bacon Kebabs

Funny, this – “Living high on the hog” used to mean one could afford the prime cuts of meat farthest away from the pig’s belly – the luxurious loin.  But today you can’t walk down a block at lunchtime without running into an urban hipster biting into some form of pork belly.  Eating low on the hog is decidedly trendy.   […]

Does Your Wine Cause Cancer?

During the course of my many solar orbits, I’ve observed broadcast news shift from dry, informative information to content that offers entertainment that shifts between feel-good stories embedded between warnings of the falling sky.  Such is the destiny of today’s deregulated marketplace. So I wasn’t too worried when I read the headline “Weed Killer Could Be Lurking In Some […]

Where the hell is Swabia!? Wine Lovers need to know.

Jon Bonné, the NY ex pat who moved to SF to write about wine for many years, then moved BACK to NY to get married, has penned an opus to a rising-star wine region – Germany’s Baden-Württemberg and W. Bavaria –  a region collectively known as Swabia.   Now, most of my education in the German […]

Wine-Friendly Recipe – White Bean Crostini (Appetizer)

  Ingredients: 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for  drizzling 3 garlic cloves, minced and 1 whole clove, peeled 2 1/2 cups cooked white beans, or drained and rinsed canned beans 2 tsp. minced fresh rosemary 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 1 baguette, cut into 24 […]

Book Review – Karen MacNeil’s Wine Bible (2nd Edition)

Amazon describes this book as “The #1 Best Seller” in their Wine Collecting category. Do I really need to say more? What can I add that the intelligence of the collective community hasn’t already said by voting with their credit cards?  Just my opinion, I guess. Which one might see as sycophanitc burbling.  You see, this […]

Seared Chicken Breasts with Perfect Pan Sauce

I’ve known how to make great seared chicken breasts for many years, but always found the sauce too thin and runny, even when I allowed extra time for reduction or finished with an extra dollop butter.  But when I ordered the same dish at a decent restaurant, the sauce was always beautifully thick and satisfying.  […]

Save 50% – Pre-Order the new book from Wine Folly

Among the many producers of wine info-graphics, WineFolly is the consistent winner in terms of creativity and the visual display of information.  And now the minds behind these reliable graphics are coming out with a new book, available for under $12 when you pre-order on Amazon (sorry, U.S. only). Check it out here – http://bit.ly/WineFollyBookOffer I’ve not […]

CorkSharing – Wine App Review

Having learned my lesson the hard way (it’s a long sob story not worth any more pixels), I appreciate good wine apps.  I recently came across Bryan Petro’s “CorkSharing” (wine tourism app for iPhone and Android) and thought it worth sharing. CorkSharing was designed for those who like to plan their route in advance and who enjoy a little […]