Author: Peter

Thursday night tastings have started again!

We had our first wine tasting at Fine Wines of Stockton after the summer break. The theme was Non Vintage Champagne and sparkling wines. We had two domestic sparkling wines and three Champagnes and all were Bruts. I am not a big fan of sparkling wines so I cannot judge them very well but I will take a try at […]

Labor Day Weekend BBQ

We had a nice Labor Day weekend. Nancy’s mom came to visit so we invited a couple of friends over for a BBQ. I grilled some flank steak and Nancy made some chimichurri sauce for it. She also made corn pudding and a salad with our home grown tomatoes. Everybody enjoyed the meal very much. To accompany our meal we […]

Arizona Wines Part 2

As we mentioned in part one of our Scottsdale vacation we went to the FnB restaurant to try some wines where the grapes were grown and vinified in Arizona. It is a nice little restaurant with the kitchen in the middle. If you sit at the bar you can watch the chef Charleen Badman do her magic. They were pretty […]

Monday Sangiovese

We had an interesting wine with our Monday dinner this week. It was a 2000 Vita Nova Santa Inez Valley Sangiovese (Stolpman Vineyard). It was bottled by Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat winery. I don’t know any more about the history of this wine. We picked up a couple of bottles from the East Beach Wine Company when we […]

2008 Lucky Star Chardonnay

This weekend we had a 2008 Lucky Start Chardonnay. The wine was 97% Chardonnay and 3% Sauvignon Blanc with 60% of the grapes from the North Coast and the balance from Clarksburg. Only part of the wine went through a malolactic fermentation and I don’t believe it was on oak at all. If it was on oak, it was not […]

Monday night dinner.

Our friend Dave came over for our usual Monday night dinner. I grilled some pork chops on the BBQ with a little mesquite wood. We also had a salad made from avocado, red onion slivers, english cucumber and home grown cherry tomatoes with a lime vinaigrette. The other side dish was a mixture of Israeli couscous, orzo,baby garbanzo beans, red […]

Another weekend gone.

Another weekend is drawing to a close. It was very relaxing. I did some yard work and other general late spring cleanup. It seems like I never feel like doing any spring cleaning until late in the summer 🙂 I did have one of my favorite, maybe absolute favorite white wines this weekend. We usually have white wines when it’s […]