Happy Lunar New Year! Wines to Celebrate & Pair with Asian Cuisine

chinese new year prayerMay you be happy.

May all your thoughts be positive
and your experiences be good.

May you be free of problems, sickness, and sadness.

May your life be long and peaceful
and may you quickly reach enlightenment.

–Metta prayer

The year of the Black Snake begins on Sunday February 10, 2013  with the new moon rising in Aquarius–and I’m celebrating with an Italian wine!

BuddhaTet2013smAccording to Geomancer and Philosopher Paul Ng, the year 2013 is “Mountain-Thunder Rhythm”– a year of conservation, a year of rebuilding, and a year of changes.

Han-Ban.com says that “the year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary for you to achieve what you set out to create.”

The Snake is “enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined.” Hmmn, I wonder which wines are SNAKE wines??

If you will be celebrating with Chinese or another Asian cuisine, you might be wondering what wine to pair with the complex, often spicy dishes. Continue reading

Celebrate Champagne Fri. Oct. 28 2011!

Last Sunday was my husband’s 50th Birthday.

One guess what we celebrated with?

Yep, you’re right: Champagne! Not sparkling wine, not champagne method, but the real McCoy, Champagne with a capital C! (Okay, I admit, we had some sparkling wine and apple juice, red and white wine, and beer and tequila and…but all that belongs in another blog post to come!!)

Which we thoroughly enjoyed with fresh, raw and barbecued oysters as well clams we steamed up in wine and garlic in a huge pot on the campfire fire!

Next Friday, October 28, from 3-6pm,  I cordially invite YOU to get your bubbles on and join us in a Champagne Day celebration at the Jolly Oyster at the Ventura State Beach from 3-6pm. Parking on this special occasion from 3-6pm will be FREE (instead of $10!)

Meet Ranger Jelly, oysters farmers, and Champagne fans and fellow foodies! Bring your friends, a picnic, and bubbles to share to this FREE, fun party at

The Jolly Oyster www.thejollyoyster.com http://twitter.com/JollyOyster

–Get expert tips on how to shuck oysters & cook clams.
–Enjoy Champagne Day specials on fresh oysters & clams from the Jolly Oyster farms.
–Find out about how the Jolly Oyster grows oysters & clams from the farmers.
–Learn about local marine life from Ranger Jelly.
–Meet Champagne fans & fellow foodies.
–Shuckers, towel, barbecue coals etc available for sale also.

Register here for the Champagne Day 2011 and here for our Jolly Oyster Meetup on Champagne Day Oct 28, 2011.