2016 September

Adventures in Eating: Savory and Tendor Pork Roast

Now that my father has turned his mantle over to my brother, I suppose it was inevitable that my mother should take a break from this column and see what culinary talent lies in her daughter’s reper­tory. Cooking and eating (and later drinking good wine!) were a very essential part of my childhood. As you… read more »

Import Selection: Zinfandel, 1987, San Martin International Series

A mission Padre was the first to plant grapevines in Baja California; on the site of the first lower Cali­fornia mission circa 1697. But viti­culture was known to Mexico far earlier than that. In 1524 the Mexi­can conqueror Cortez decreed that all Spaniards holding land grants in Mexico had to plant annually, for five years,… read more »

Domestic Selection: Chardonnay, 1986, Merry Vintners

The Merry Vintners is a small, 7,000 cases per annum, family winery in the rural outskirts of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. The winery was founded in 1984 by four partners; Charles Edwards and his wife D.J., their daughter Meredith and her husband Bill (Miller). Sounds quite ordinary so far… the catch is, Meredith (Mer­ry)… read more »

This Matter of Cellaring (Part One)

What is cellaring ? It really is what you want to make rather than the vision it evokes. Fancifully, it generates the im­age of opening a cool underground area, where rows and rows of wine bottles are ageing, some with old labels and others with neck rings and special inventory codes. Let us leave that… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Nutmeg Honey Cakes

Portugal is our destination in May, and precious articles stored in our “travel” file are reborn. Portugal was known for its Nutmeg-that was the monopoly the Portuguese had in the 16th century. So coveted was the nut­meg, that they distributed phony charts of the seas surrounding the spice Islands, hoping to steer foreign vessels towards… read more »

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