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Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers Besides Wine

Why not make 2021 the year you buy your wine-loving friend or family member something other than a bottle of wine as a gift? After all, thoughtful… Continue Reading

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Find Dazzling Fall Colors in California at These Healdsburg Wineries

New Englanders may sniff at the notion that California foliage changes color with the seasons. But locals know, and visitors discover, that fall colors in California offer… Continue Reading

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Chardonnay Friendly Marinade and Rub Recipes

It’s my favorite time of year for firing up the grill at Jordan (and at home). The longer days and warmer temperatures in Sonoma County often call… Continue Reading

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Red Wine-Friendly Marinades and Dry Rubs

When seeking to take your steak to the next level, there are plenty of tricks that will get you there. But it’s a different talent to flawlessly… Continue Reading

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What’s New in Healdsburg Restaurants, Hotels, Wine & Food 2021

Before the pandemic, the local newspaper in the quaint town of Healdsburg could have hired a full-time news reporter just to cover the openings of every restaurant,… Continue Reading

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Five Types of Grills and Smokers: Chef’s Choices

The invention of the backyard grill paved the way for a fascinating evolution of live-fire cooking tools since the midcentury. We use many types of grills and… Continue Reading

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Wines with Low Alcohol in Napa and Sonoma: The 2021 Winery Map

California wine country has its share of Sonoma and Napa winery maps. Each is organized by geographic region, offering tourists a convenient, vinous travel guide to Napa… Continue Reading

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Festive Healdsburg Winery Harvest Events to Celebrate Grape Crush Season

The rumble of tractors pulling gondolas can be heard throughout California wine country this month. It’s like Christmas, but Santa’s sleigh is a lot bigger—and filled with… Continue Reading

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Best Fuels for BBQ and Grilling

Flames cook our food, but it’s the fuel that brings the most flavor. In this article, I explore the best fuels for BBQ and grilling—from both natural… Continue Reading

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Wine Pairing with BBQ and Grilled Foods

Grilling has the amazing ability to bring food and wine closer together. Along with transforming simple ingredients through char, smoke and caramelization, the cooking method also impacts… Continue Reading