2013 RHONE RANGERS

THE GRAPES OF RHÔNE: THE RHONE RANGERS 16TH ANNUAL GRAND TASTING IN SAN FRANCISCO

by : Karina Calayag     The 16th Annual Rhone Rangers Weekend Celebration of American Rhones just concluded last weekend March 23 with the country’s largest Rhone wine tasting event at the Fort Mason Center in the heart of San Francisco’s beautiful Marina district. An estimated two thousand American Rhone wine enthusiasts  had the chance to taste …

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AND THE WINNERS ARE…. AT THE 2013 SF CHRONICLE WINE COMPETITION

by:  Karina Mendoza Calayag   The annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has concluded and the list of 2013 winners is out. The award-winning wines and wineries themselves, as presented by BevMo!, were out celebrating their honors with San Francisco’s wine community at the SFCWC Public Wine Tasting event February16 at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion. It …

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HAVE SOME ROMANCE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY WITH A DATE NIGHT

DATE NIGHT CELEBRATES VALENTINE’S DAY Every day is full of valentines…   Calistoga, CA, February 2013 — Proprietors Suzanne Phifer Pavitt and Shane Pavitt will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Wild Mushroom Risotto and Red Velvet Cake alongside their 2011 DATE NIGHT Sauvignon Blanc and 2009 DATE NIGHT Cabernet Sauvignon.   The Pavitts will prepare …

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WISHES DO COME TRUE – WINE AND WISHES

by Karina Calayag A PERFECT EVENING. Fun and philanthropy have always been a good thing, but when distinctive wine, luscious food, dazzling views in the company of fellow altruistic individuals (including one who’s a World Series SF Giants hero) are added into the mix then it couldn’t get any better than that. A sensory feast that …

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WINE AND WISHES – MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION PHOTOS

WISHES DO COME TRUE

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EPICURIA AND GRAND TASTING AT THE ZINFANDEL FESTIVAL PHOTOS

by:  Karina Mendoza Calayag   For the general public, it was an opportunity for exceptional, bountiful eating; but for wine and food luminaries, like Sommelier Maxwell Klassen (now with Alexander’s Steak House formerly with The Village Pub in Woodside) and Chef Joey Altman (Culinary TV personality), it was a chance to meet and mingle with patrons, …

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DREAMING IN ZIN AT THE ZINFANDEL FESTIVAL

by Karina Calayag ZINFANDEL FESTIVAL: EPICURIA and GRAND TASTING snapshots A REMARKABLE FEAST OF EPIC PROPORTIONS. Last week, I died and went to food and wine heaven, so it seemed. The Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) had its annual three day Zinfandel Festival in San Francisco debuting  on Thursday, January 31st, with EPICURIA, a sensational bash aptly named for its epic-ness, …

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WHEN IT COMES TO TRUFFLES, MORE IS MORE – NAPA TRUFFLE FESTIVAL (PHOTOS)

By Karina Calayag WILD ABOUT TRUFFLES – AT THE NAPA TRUFFLE FESTIVAL The beautiful spring-like day was the perfect setting for Napa Truffle Festival’s final day, a casual affair of wine tasting and, of course, more truffles, at Oxbow Public Market abuzz with visitors of a fine palate or the just plain curious, vintner artisans and even …

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NAPA TRUFFLE FESTIVAL MARKETPLACE AT OXBOW PUBLIC MARKET (SLIDESHOW) – Napa Truffle Festival 2014

RELATED ARTICLE:  THE 4th ANNUAL NAPA TRUFFLE FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY AMERICAN TRUFFLE COMPANY     Napa Truffle Festival Marketplace at Oxbow Public Market     Napa Truffle Festival 2014  – Napa Truffle Festival Marketplace at Oxbow Public Market Slideshow:    

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TRUFFLES & WINE DINNER AT LA TOQUE (SLIDESHOW) – Napa Truffle Festival 2014

RELATED ARTICLE:  THE 4th ANNUAL NAPA TRUFFLE FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY AMERICAN TRUFFLE COMPANY     Truffles & Wine Dinner at La Toque     Napa Truffle Festival 2014  – Truffles & Wine Dinner at Ken Frank’s La Toque Restaurant Slideshow:    

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