Is it a worrywart trait to seek pleasure on the highest plane? To always be wondering whether–no matter how good something is–it could be better? That’s how it is with me and eating....more

Nov 20: All you need is a screw and....

Nov 20: All you need is a screw and.... I spent the day with my good friend Colorado yesterday while her husband did some much-needed repairs on my van. It was definitely worth driving 70 miles for both the company and the new engine mounts, transmission fluid and oil change, and even a new windshield wiper. ...more

Wine Pairings for Ravioli di Spinaci al Burro e Salvia (Butter and Sage)

Wine Pairings for Ravioli di Spinaci al Burro e Salvia...more

there may be no leader but there's always wine

At midnight on Tuesday I lost my bet with The Irate Greek that Mr Papandreou would have resigned and that Greece would now have a new prime minister. (I offered a bottle of φεγγιτεσ (Feggites) to her offer of a good South African) She's not blogging so much these days but she tweets here in English and provides a great commentary for those of us who live here but only have restaurant Greek. Perhaps there will be a government and prime minister by the end of Wednesday but even after three days everything seems to be working without anyone at the wheel....more

Do you know your wine style? Throw a holiday party to find out!

Entertaining for the holidays? Tired of the boring old party with cliché holidays themes and dishes? Step outside your hosting comfort zone, and find out what kind of wine drinkers you and your friends are. You might just surprise yourself. And you will definitely have festive fun in the process......more

A taste of wine country

The weather forecast was for rain all this week, so yesterday's surprising burst of sunshine made it all the sweeter when Lori and I and our longtime friends, Elsa and Tom, joined us for a picture-perfect day in Oregon's wine country. ...more

Cheese, Gromit!

Note to Self: Gummi Bears - even Haribo Gold Bears - are not even remotely breakfast-like food. Stop eating them...immediately. However, as I've discovered, wine on a Saturday morning totally IS breakfast food! It's just grape juice with a little panache, right? ...more

Wine Pairings for Pappardelle al Sugo di Cinghiale (Wild Boar)

Wine pairings for Pappardelle al Sugo di Cinghiale (Wild Boar)Rosso: Castello Banfi Poggio all’Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Castello Banfi BelnerO Proprietor’s Reserve 2008...more

Wordless Wednesday - Fall in Oregon Wine Country

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