Norcal Wingman on August 10th, 2014

2011 Sonoma-Cutrer Les Pierres Chardonnay,  Gravenstein Apple Pie ala mode with Clover Stornetta Vanilla Bean ice cream. The very best of Sonoma County!

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Norcal Wingman on December 16th, 2011

A nice little Napa Valley Chard.  Easy on the oak, nice and spicy.  Kinda reminds me of a baked apple, not sweet or cloying but great fruit and nutmeg spice.   Check it out

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A few months back I attended the annual Make-a-Wish event at the Sonoma-Cutrer vineyards and was lucky enough to win one of the live auction lots, the Wine Experience with Tom Simoneau “The Wine Guy.” The stars aligned and we were finally able to schedule this event and get together to taste some great wine, […]

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Another week of summer school is down, thank god!  I’m tired.  I volunteered to help out “the wife” this weekend at her winery’s wine club pick-up party.  Let me tell you, I have the best of both worlds, that of a wine consumer and living on the fringe of being “in the industry.”  I was […]

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Norcal Wingman on June 7th, 2010

Hello everyone.  I wanted to give you an update since my next four weeks will be exceptionally hectic.  Thursday Night Dinner is going to have to take the proverbial “Back Burner” position as I slog through a summer inter-session course at school.  I’m hoping that this move will allow me to continue to provide all […]

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Norcal Wingman on June 3rd, 2010

Today was a good #winewednesday, the wife had a 12 year vertical tasting of Les Pierres and was nice enough to think of me and bring home the 2000 vintage.  Apparently it got a 2.7 average score on a 1-5 scale where 1 is the best, which is pretty good apparently, there were 11 tasters.  […]

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Norcal Wingman on May 17th, 2010

5/21/2010 Just a quick update, I received a thank you letter today from Make-A-Wish, they raised over $760,000 in cash and “in-kind” donations.  Wow! Once in a while a convergence of powers come together and amazing things happen. Last weekend was one of these occasions.  Wine and Wishes, the Make A Wish Foundation holds an […]

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