2016 May

Adventures in Eating: Beef Fiesta Casserole

She was a bit of a tomboy with her dark hair, cut short in a dutch-boy bob, and with a smile and gaze that was bewitching. Slen­der as a young girl, she is now a grand­mother, beautiful, and still slender and be­witching. This is my cousin, Melina. We grew up living next door to each… read more »

Import Selection: Fonset-Lacour, 1985, Barton and Gustier

The firm of Barton & Gustier has been blending and shipping fine French wines since 1725. They are “negociants-éleveurs”, as well as growers themselves. (their flagship is Chateau Magnol in Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France.) Even though they are based in Bordeaux, they offer an extensive variety of wines from different re­gions of France. Michel Fouchaux… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Almendrado

Here I am on the 33rd floor, in a suite, at the San Moritz Hotel in New York City. Daughter, baby Sammy, and I were treated to this stay by my son-in-law’s grandmother. Our patio overlooks Cen­tral Park. The majestic horses, as their hooves pound the pavement, pulling the hansom cabs, seem to type the… read more »

Domestic Selection: Chardonnay, 1987, Chateau Julien

In the short span of 6 years that this winery has been in exis­tence, it has made a name for itself internationally. The awards and medals list is impressive from competitions in San Francisco to London. But, that is not why I se­lect a wine. It has to win our award!… by its taste and… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Eggs Motul

It would not surprise me one bit if you are perched on the edge of your seat awaiting this next episode of Eggs Motul from our Bridal luncheon! Next month will be the fi­nal installment of this thrilling “cliff hang­er”. I expect it will entice you to run to your market to purchase the ingredients… read more »

Domestic Selection: Cabernet Sauvignon, 1982, El Dorado, Boeger

More often than not, the Italian heritage of wine making crops up here and there in the background of our winemakers. Greg Boeger is the grandson of Anton Nichelini, a Swiss-Italian who founded a winery in Napa County in 1890. This origi­nal winery continues as a family op­eration today. Greg cut his teeth in agriculture…. read more »

Adventures in Eating: Black Bean Puree

There is a distinct advantage in creating a “serialized” food column. Thinking of what to present the next month, is eliminated. Writing it, though, is another matter. A writer was asked if he liked to write, it is said he answered, “Yes, except for the paperwork!” This month, the saga of the bridal luncheon and… read more »

Cabernet Sauvignon, 1983, Cache Cellars

Caché means “hidden” in French… and I guess it is as good a name as any for this winery. It is located on a remote dirt road west of Davis, California. A great place to be! University of California-Davis has the best enology depart­ment in the country. The cellars were established in 1978, by Charles… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Yucatan Tomato Sauce

The saga of Vikki and Bruce’s wedding continues. Since they are WOMClub members, I could not resist passing on some housekeeping advice to newlyweds taken from the “Buckeye Cookery” (1898). “There is no luck in housekeeping, how­ever it may seem. Even by exact rule, and even with thorough knowledge, eternal vig­ilance is the price of… read more »

Domestic Selection: Sauvignon Blanc, 1985, Sam J. Sebastiani Winery

A new California winery with an old name appeared on the horizon in 1986. This is not the giant Sebastiani Vineyards in Sonoma of jug wine fame! (and some occasional premi­um wines worth considering). This is Sam J., the grandson of the foun­der, who has struck out for himself. Sam was raised with wine. He… read more »