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Celebrating Ethiopian Christmas in L.A.

Posted January 7, 2014 by | Comments Off | ]
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Nes Abegaze and her mother, Azla Mekonnen, spent this past weekend preparing for Christmas. No, they’re not wickedly late, nor ridiculously early. The food they were cooking is for Tuesday, which, thanks to the Coptic Church’s use of the Julian calendar, is Ethiopian Christmas.

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Cabs From Coombsville

Posted November 24, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
Tournesol wines from the Coombsville appellation.

“There are about forty winemakers and growers in Coombsville and most wineries are small and family-owned,” said Allison Arns of Tournesol, a winery that produces 1,200 cases annually.

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The Legendary Sassicaia, and Other Iconic Italian Wines

Posted September 30, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
A selection of cheeses paired with Italian wines at Sofitel Hotel's Esterel restaurant.

Exploring Italian wines is like getting lost in a maze.

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Cabernet and Acoustic Guitar

Posted September 18, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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It’s not often that I find myself tasting wine and listening to acoustic guitar music – both creations of the same person.

But that’s the experience we had at Domaine Degher/Mojo Cellars, enjoying Dennis Degher’s luscious red wines at the tasting bar in his kitchen. Degher’s vineyards and the miniscule winery (annual production a mere 400 cases) are located in San Miguel on the west side of the 101 Freeway, a few miles north of Paso Robles.

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Rhône Rangers Ride Into Town

Tablas Creek's Jason Haas had the busiest table at the Rhône Rangers' tasting at  Vibiana over the weekend.

While the Central Coast is known as Rhône territory, I was delighted to discover more than a dozen labels from Napa, Sonoma and Lodi among 50 some Rhône producers at the Rangers’ tasting at Vibiana in downtown LA.

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What to serve at a Napa Valley wine auction?

Posted June 6, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
Gott's Ahi Burger with Shafer Vineyard's 2006 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon.

“We asked Thomas Keller, but he was booked.”

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Move Over Rhône Rangers – Here Comes Paso’s Bordeaux Brigade

Posted May 21, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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The Central Coast wine region of Paso Robles is noted for its Rhône varietals. So I was surprised to see booths pouring Cabernet Sauvignon wines outnumber Rhône wines at the 31st annual wine festival last weekend.

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Cook the Book: Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House that Herring Built

Posted April 16, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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This guest-post comes to us from food-writer Joy Hui Lin.

A stroll around New York’s Lower East Side will lead you inevitably to the storefront of Russ And Daughters Appetizing with all its delights. After more than a century in the appetizing business handed down through four generations, Mark Russ Federman has put to page detailing the history of the family’s business and the Lower East …

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Rieslings from Mosel

Posted March 25, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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This guest-post comes to us from Mira Advani Honeycutt, author of California’s Central Coast, The Ultimate Winery Guide: From Santa Barbara to Paso Robles. She frequently contributes wine and travel pieces to the Good Food Blog.

Most Americans think of Riesling as a wine on the sweet side. But Rieslings from Germany’s Mosel region are dry, refreshing the palate with a riot of stone fruit aromas …

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A Spanish Soiree

Posted March 4, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]

This guest-post comes to us from Mira Advani Honeycutt, author of California’s Central Coast, The Ultimate Winery Guide: From Santa Barbara to Paso Robles. She frequently contributes wine and travel pieces to the Good Food Blog.
I’ve always enjoyed Tempranillos, Granachas, Albarinos and Verdejos from Spain. Last week for the first time I tasted Prieto Picudo and Mencia.
Spanish wine aficionados, look out for these two little …

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