Pinot Noir

Santa Lucia Highlands

California’s Overlooked Treasure: Santa Lucia Highlands

Photo by Frank Gutierrez, Wagner Family of Wine Right smack dab in the middle of the state of California sits the Santa Lucia Highlands in the massive Salinas valley—California’s prime agricultural region located 20 miles southeast of Monterey between the Gabilan and Santa Lucia mountain ranges. They grow everything there from lettuce to raspberries, and chances are your local grocery…

Thanksgiving Ravioli

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…


Cornerstone Cellar’s New Direction

Craig Camp has been a busy guy. As the GM of Cornerstone Cellars in Napa Valley he’s been hard at work growing the Cornerstone brand in bredth and depth. A few years ago, if you wanted to drink a bottle of Cornerstone wine your choices were limited to a Napa Cabernet ($65) and a Howell Mountain Cabernet ($75). “The most…

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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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3 Northwest Wineries to Discover

2010 was a classic vintage in Oregon and Washington. As the wines from the vintage start to enter the market, wine lovers might feel like a kid in a candy store with all the choices of what to buy. Here’s a few brands you may or may not have heard of, but are worth discovering. “2010 was the best vintage…

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Matching Tannins in Red Wine to Fat Content of Beef

This article originally appeared on the OmahaSteaks blog back in May. My good friend and Master Sommelier, Craig Collins, MS gives useful information about matching the right level of tannin with the right level of fat content of beef. Article is reposted with the permission of OmahaSteaks and Mr. Collins. We have all heard it and most of us have…

2010 oregon pinot noir

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

photo courtesy of 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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