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Living a Bi-Polar Life

photo courtesy of wikipedia Just to be clear, I’m not bi-polar. And unofficially, neither is one of my close family members. But he sure seems to exhibit a textbook description of bipolarism. For years growing up, my family member would either be the sweetest guy in the world, or the biggest jerk. That’s not enough to label it as an official…

FRANKLIN, LINUS, SALLY, CHARLIE BROWN, PEPPERMINT PATTY, SNOOPY AND MARCIE

What I’m Thankful For (It Might Surprise You)

There was a Frontline episode on PBS the other night about child poverty in America. One of the stats they showed was that said nearly half the kids in America with a single mom live in poverty (which is amazing). They had a number of other eye opening facts about hunger and poverty in our country: In 2011, roughly 1…

2010 oregon pinot noir

Cowboy or Hippie—Is the 2010 Oregon Pinot Noir Vintage the Best Ever?

photo courtesy of orwinetours.com The Willamette Valley might have its finest vintage in modern times with the 2010 Oregon Pinot Noir vintage. 1993 was awesome and helped put Oregon on the map with consumers. And from 1998 until 2002 Oregon Pinot Noir enjoyed a number of “good” vintages with approchable delicious pinot noirs that were both affordable, yet drinkable. Mother…

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Thanksgiving Wine Ideas from Languedoc

. Every year we’re faced with the all-important question of which wines to serve on Thanksgiving day.  Not just during Thanksgiving dinner but throughout the day.  As we get together to give thanks on this American holiday, it’s useful to point out how France helped shape our history.  Not only did the French give us the Statue of Liberty, but…

Birthday Wine+Food Extravaganza

When Mrs. B’s birthday was approaching, I asked her what she wanted to have for dinner.  My offer was to make anything and open any bottle of wine, because that’s how we roll in Chéz Bakas. She just said she wanted some sort of cream based pasta and that’s it.  I ended up making 2 courses because it was a…

reBlog from palatepress.com: An Evening With Laurent Drouhin

  I found this fascinating quote today on Palate Press: Gourmet market Vine & Table played host, and Laurent chatted amiably with the attendees. “Do you let anyone pick your food for you?” he asked, when questioned about the 100-point rating system popular in the wine world. “Then why let them pick your wine? Trust your palate,” he said, with…

7 Things You Didn’t Know About A Charlie Brown Christmas

  Image via Wikipedia 1. In 1963, television sponsor, Coca-Cola approached TV producer Lee Mendelson about doing a documentary about cartoonist Charles Schulz and his comic strip. The documentary led to a two minute film that became the first animated Peanuts characters. 2. Vince Guaraldi wrote some original music based on the piece, and that first composition became the tune…

Holiday Wine+Food Pairing Recipes

. . Strawberry and Almond Spinach Salad INGREDIENTS 1 LB baby spinach leaves, washed 1/2 cup sliced green onions 1/3 cup slivered almonds, drizzled with honey and slightly toasted 1 cup sliced strawberries 2-3 TBSP chopped fresh dill INGREDIENTS FOR DRESSING: 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup sugar or Truvia 1 TSP garlic, minced 1/4 TSP sea salt 1/4…

Shackford’s: The Best Kitchen Store in America

By the time people reach 80 years old they’re most likely retired or taking it easy somewhere with grandchildren.  Not John Shackford—he still runs Shackford’s in downtown Napa roaming the aisles answering any question about anything and everything related to kitchen gadgetry.  John is a walking encyclopedia of kitchen knowledge with several decades of knowledge tucked away in his noggin.…

Visiting Wineries: Half the Fun is Getting There

Image via Wikipedia Guest post from Kevin Vandever My wife and I along with friends, Peter and Renee, were visiting Paso Robles, CA for some wine tasting about 4 years ago and we decided to start our Saturday’s tasting tour at Hansen’s Winery. Bruce Hansen and his wife Sheila run Hansen’s and are very nice people so we all hit…

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