Wine and Food

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Coffee Rubbed Pork w/ Dijon Cream Sauce

I had an epiphany over breakfast one day to try this coffee rubbed pork concept. Coffee and cream go together—especially when there’s a savory pork products involved (like bacon). So I took the idea of those three ingredients and did a club remix for dinner. And thus, the coffee rubbed pork with dijon cream sauce was born.  Wine Pairing Ideas…

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Braised Beef Ragu with Pappardelle Pasta

Braised Beef Ragu with Pappardelle (or any kind of braised short ribs) might just be my favorite recipe ever. Like, ever ever. We’re talking last meal kind of dish. I love it for the hearty braising liquid and the tender, succulent meat. As a wine lover, some of my favorite red wines (and probably yours) just happen to go with…

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Thanksgiving Ravioli w/ Turkey & Cranberry Filling

Mrs. B is six months pregnant which means she’s been on a comfort food tear lately, especially with pasta. She whipped up this Thanksgiving themed Ravioli dish with turkey and cranberry after seeing Giada De Laurentiis make something similar on the Food Network last year. Our original goal was to find ways to use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving in something…

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5 Days in Tuscany: The Misadventures of the Chianti Classico Kid

The first cigarette I ever had I smoked behind Grandpa’s barn. It made me dizzy, and I coughed a lot. “Don’t worry, that always happens with the first one,” said Grandpa. “Try another one.” And you know, he was right.  -Jack Handey It’s funny the things you remember from childhood. I don’t remember the first tooth I lost, or the…

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#2DaysInSeattle Trip Giveaway

That’s right, I said it. I’m giving away a trip to Seattle to one fellow wine+food lover. All you gotta do is subscribe to this blog and answer the following question: What will you do with $500 and 2 days in Seattle? Last year, Mrs. B and I were challenged with this exact question. We fit a whole month’s worth…

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Spicy Cioppino

Wine Pairing We shouldn’t have to look far to find a wine to serve with this. Seafood is the protein, so that helps decide the choice of wine. Although buttery Chardonnay’s are a dime a dozen in nearby Sonoma or Napa, I’m leaning towards a Sauvignon Blanc or possibly an Italian varietal like Vermentino. Unoaked Chardonnay might have the crisp…

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5 Wine Trends to Watch in 2013

Sweet and Flavored Wine Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on who you talk to) Chocolate flavored wine caught on in 2011. Americans love sugar—we were raised on Coca-Cola and Kool-Aid. Anyone who’s tried the South Beach diet knows there’s sugar running rampant through our food supply from Ketchup to Cereals and “non-fat” packaged goods like yogurt. Our craving for sweetness has…

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This Holiday Season #Drinkwutchyalike

Before Digital Underground brought us the Humpty Dance, they gave us a song called Doowutchyalike. I might be showing my age here but I used to play this all the damn time when I was a DJ in college: “Just eat food try not to be crude or rude, kill the attitude… chill the serious mood…and doowutchyalike” 2012 is almost…

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A ‘Thank You’ Gift for Back to Bakas Subscribers

Thank you for being a Back to Bakas subscriber! There’s not many people getting rich and retiring to the Florida Keys on a sailboat from writing a blog, present company included. Many bloggers do it for the love of sharing. I put a lot of work into this little corner of the internet and really appreciate the fact that YOU…

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Camping, Kayaking & ‘que on the Russian River

Mrs. B and I moved from Boulder, Colorado to Northern California in 2009 to pursue a career in the wine industry. I was a finalist in Murphy Goode’s Really Goode Job competition. Through that whole competition we met some fellow contestants who have since become good friends over the past three years. Two people we met through Really Goode Job in…

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Pork Ragu with Wine Pairings

WINE PAIRINGS: Fall and winter dishes are some of my favorite dishes for wine pairing. Hearty comfort food with a delicious hearty wine with family or friends is what life is all about. Mrs. B and I just moved into a new home October 1st and wanted to have our families over for a house warming dinner. We did what…