Limerick Lane from Russian River

The exact origin of the limerick is uncertain, as is the reasoning for calling these quirky (and usually dirty *cough* There once was a man from Nantucket *cough*) poems “limericks”… but it is widely believed that they are named after prose parlour games that were said to be popular in the city of Limerick, IrelandContinue reading “Limerick Lane from Russian River”

Derek’s Chili (w/ wine pairings)

So I’m sitting here, staring out the window at the this dreary day that I know is only going to get worse (they’re calling for upwards of 15″ of snow… joy), feeling pretty bleh,¬†and am trying to think of something to cook that will not only warm my stomach, but also my soul. I needContinue reading “Derek’s Chili (w/ wine pairings)”

8hr Braised Beef Short Ribs

So the weather is a bit nippy… pair that with the fact that I have been talking about old vine California wines all day and will be opening one this evening, and the equation equals “hmm, I need something with big flavor tonight!” Now I very rarely go to the store with a pre-conceived dishContinue reading “8hr Braised Beef Short Ribs”

California Wine Trends… Old is New.

Being that I work for one of the top wine distributors in the US and deal with wine (whether selling, educating, or consuming) every single day, I get a lot of questions shot my way. People looking for recommendations, people asking about trends, inquiring on my likes and dislikes… you name it. One of theContinue reading “California Wine Trends… Old is New.”