Domestic Selection: Muscat Canelli, 1990. Santino Winery

Matt and Nancy Santino, along with Nancy’s father, Joseph Schweitzer, founded Santino Wines in 1979. Mr. Schweitzer remained as owner when the younger couple left the operation some time ago. The winery is located in the heart of California’s Shenandoah Valley in Amador County, adjacent to the oldest known producing Zinfandel vineyard in California. This… read more »

Domestic Selection: Cabernet Sauvignon, 1986, Vanino

What do you get when you cross an entrepreneur and a nego­ciant? Vanino Wine Cellars. Steve Vagnino (drop the g for pronunciation) decided while in a hospital bed in 1985 that he was going into the wine business. What is interesting is that Steve is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and when he found… read more »

Import Selection: Zinfandel, 1987, San Martin

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 »

Adventures in Eating: Meringue

In case you hadn’t heard, spring is here! That means, berries and lus­cious summer fruits are not far be­hind. Although, these days, seasons are all mixed up with fruits out of sea­son coming from south of the border orchards. Personally, I consciously refuse to purchase these fruits, be­cause my head tells me they belong to… read more »

Adventures in Eating: Party Fruit Compote

Growing up, one used to hear the “older folks” (which I am now one of) tell how travel expands the mind. I guess it does, but in my instance it also expands the girth. We recently took a quick 8-day break and thanks to airfare bargains and jet travel made it to Great Britain and back…. read more »


A wine full of zest is described as a well-balanced with fruit and acidity. It has very colorful flavor and pop in the taste.   .

Wine with Food: Liebfraumilch | Pairing Tips

Wine with Food: Liebfraumilch By Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. | February 1983 You will notice that I have changed the name of this column. For 14 issues now, the emphasis has been on the meal, with the serving of a wine as the comple­ment. Thus—Wine with Food, was the natural title. I make a particular point of… read more »

Wine with Food: Dessert II | Pairing Tips

Wine with Food: Dessert By Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. | January 1983 The absolute crowning touch to a meal, in my opinion, is the serving of a wine with dessert, or maybe for dessert. It is so much more substantive than the traditional cordials or liqueurs with their loud flavors. The alcohol content is less, and therefore there is… read more »

Recipe: Rosy Rhubarb Puff

Adventures in Eating: Rosy Rhubarb Puff Rosemarie | August 1982 By chance, I picked up at my local market one of those calendars that have a recipe for each month, along with a marvelous picture to illustrate it. One of them was a tempting challenge to try. I could not resist my favorite combination of rhubarb and… read more »

Recipe: Peach Chutney

Adventures in Eating: Peach Chutney Rosemarie | July 1982 Let me warn you of this month’s recipe, before we get started. It is a product that needs canning—chutney. I find so many people shy from this process. Don’t be shy; it can be fun and what you make will certainly be more delicious than anything you… read more »