Party Time? Paella and Pinot from Clos des Amis in Ventura County

The past twelve months have really been something. My last in person wine event was with WALT Wine (read about it here) before World of Pinot Noir, the first weekend in March. In 2021, WOPN went virtual– with events the entire month of March instead of just one weekend. And then I was supposed to do a Spring Break Bud Break WSET 3 Bootcamp with Napa Valley Wine Academy followed by a press trip to Bordeaux and Germany.

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West Coast “Bordeaux” Blends with Beef Bourguignon #Winophiles

West Coast wines made with Bordeaux based grapes

What’s your favorite red wine? 

My dad loved mellow Merlot.

Many people choose Cabernet Sauvignon. 

If I asked Sue, she might say Cabernet Franc.

What do these three grapes have in common?

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Explore Loire’s Organic Gardens: France’s Fine and Funky Clos du Tue-Boeuf VDF “Vin Rouge” and an Invite for #Winophiles

While Thierry Puzelat may have stopped “going to church,” as he put it when we visited him, he never gave up on all of his biodynamic beliefs and the insights he gained by working his Loire vineyards at Clos du Tue-Boeuf. Instead, as a “mad scientist” might, he experiments and uses what works on the land his family has worked for centuries (literally since the 15th his family has been in wine!) Continue reading

A Story of Corned Beef and Cabbage: History, Wine Pairings, Recipes


My husband is Irish on both his mom and his dad’s side. His last name Sheridan is actually anglicized version of the Irish surname O’Sirideáin (or Ó Sirideáin), which originated in Co Longford, Ireland, which translates simply to grandson or descendant of Sheridan. Some sources say it means seeker or searcher. His mom collected Belleck, the famous shamrock decorated china, and their wedding ring, now mine, was the claddagh.

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Riesling Renaissance: Around the World With 5 Wines with Cheeses, Corned Beef #RieslingDay

cheese with Riesling!!

Happy Birthday Riesling, you’re another year older today!

On March 13, Riesling celebrates its 586th birthday– and we’re celebrating with five wines from around the world!

Why March 13?

Riesling’s first mention in a written document occurred on this day in 1435 in an invoice from Klaus Kleinfisch to his lord, Count Johann IV of Katzenelnbogen, for the purchase of Riesling vines to be planted next to the fort he was building, according to Wines of Germany.

While Riesling is grown around the world, most people associate the grape with Germany where Riesling grows in 25% of the vineyards, and 45 percent of all Rieslings in the world grow there– 56k acres!  Riesling spread quickly in Germany due in part to the long maturation period and frost resistance. In the Rheingau and on the Mosel documents show Riesling growing there  dating back to the years 1435 or 1465.

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