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.  […]

What Wine Pairs With Spring Salads?

Spring arrived early this year.  And though I am covering my optimism with some naked puts on late frosts, we are enjoying our warm spring weather as we live in denial of California’s ongoing drought. One of the early indicators of Spring at our olive ‘farm’ in Boonville is the arrival of Miner’s Lettuce (AKA […]

Combining Food and Wine: Basic Guidelines

By Lily McCann Food and drink articles and programs often stress the importance of combining food with the right type of wines. There can sometimes be an element of snobbery attached to this subject.  At the end of the day, enjoying food and wine is a subjective experience and people can try and enjoy any combination that […]

Wine-Friendly Recipe: Robust Red & Goat Cheese Lamb Burgers

Dave the Wine Merchant recommends these lamb burgers (with balsamic-glazed red onion and goat cheese) with spicy, robust reds, though any red wine will not disappointed.