Calcareous 2013 Syrah

Calcareous Devil’s Canyon 2013 Syrah One of my favorites from Paso Robles because it has the depth of character I’m looking for in a Syrah. Big and bold with layers of flavor–i.e., dark fruit like plum and blueberries, tobacco, spice (black pepper), some floral. Medium-bodied. Moderate tannins balanced with good acidity. Great alone and with…

White Hart 2015 Pinot Noir

White Hart 2015 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Yay! Another #pinot I really like–mostly meaning I can enjoy it solo instead of only with food. This is a mix of red fruit (think raspberry or strawberry) and dark fruit (like plum or cherry). There’s also some baking spice like clove or nutmeg. Vanilla on the…

Gallegos 2014 Pinot Noir

Gallegos Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 Full-bodied and fruit forward and a tad earthy. If you now know me–that’s my kind of Pinot. So if you are a die-hard Pinot fan, super-traditional, thin, big earth–then this isn’t for you. Red fruit like cherry, cranberry. Touch of tartness Smooth, velvety LONG finish. Tried @herringboneeats  …

Stir-Fried Tri-Tip with Radicchio and Watercress

I am obsessed with this Stir-Fried Tri-Tip with Radicchio from The Cook & the Butcher . I almost didn’t make it because it sounded so strange. Who uses radicchio in a stir fry? I’m glad I did it anyway. The bitterness of the radicchio mellows when sautéd with the shallots and butter. (If you’re doing…

Meatball Making Tip

I often cook meatballs because they make great leftovers. They reheat well and only get better with time. My trick is to bake them in a mini-muffin pan. Baking allows me to do something else around the house while the meatballs cook, instead of babysitting them while they’re browning on the stove. Also, the muffin…

Thomas Hill Organics Paso Robles

There are no better experts on the best things to do in a town than the people who live there. When we travel, I make a point of asking the locals about their favorite places to eat, and in Paso Robles the overwhelming response was Thomas Hill Organics. The hubby and I arrived for a…

Creekside Grille Temecula

Temecula wine country has become more of a destination than ever before. If you have celiac disease or know someone who needs to be gluten free and are headed there for wine tasting, make sure you stop in for lunch at Creekside Grille. Located at the Wilson Creek Winery, the grille sits along the vineyard…