Author: Nancy (CSW)

Napa Valley Wine Trip

We decided on a whim to take a drive to Napa last Sunday. The weather forecast was for overcast, showery weather, so no working in the yard. The weather became drizzly as we passed Rio Vista. The smell of the first rain was earthy and wonderful. By the time we got to Napa it was raining very hard. The grape […]

Piedmont Wines Tonight

Craig gave us an education on wines from the Piedmont region of Italy for this Thursday night’s tasting. Piedmont is in the northern part of Italy surrounded by mountains. The most well known grapes in Piedmont are Dolcetto, Nebbiolo and Barbera. The most famous (and expensive) wines from this region are Barolo and Barbaresco. We tried five different wines from […]

Our first Cahors

Pete made dinner for Dave and I this Monday night. He prepared a chickpea ragout recipe from Jacque Pepin’s book Fast Food My Way. He added sweet Italian sausage to the recipe which included sauteed onion, scallions, garlic and tomatoes from our garden. I also made garlic bread to accompany the ragout. By the way, it made great leftovers for […]

Thursday night in Tuscany

The theme for this Thursday night tasting was Italian wines from Tuscany. George wasn’t available so Alan stood in for him. Alan did some research on the area and educated us on the areas in Tuscany and the applicable regulations for the wines in those areas. We tasted four wines, actually five since we had a bonus wine before the […]

Pasta Dinner

Now that it is Fall, we’re finally getting our Summer weather. It has been a particularly mild Summer with very few days over 100 degrees. The past few days, however, have been very warm. Mornings have been damp and chilly, the birch trees are dropping their leaves. The backyard looks like Fall. Our Monday night dinner was Fall fare. Pete […]

It’s A Road Trip!

This Saturday Dave, Pete and I took a ride into San Francisco. Our primary destination was K&L Wines. They have an extensive selection of wine, organized by region. We entered via South America and didn’t leave until we got to France. We came home with a nice collection of wines, some of which we know and some that are K&L […]