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Happy Birthday, Julia Child

Happy Birthday, Julia Child

Julia Child would have been 100 years old today. She hasn’t been gone long; she died only in 2004, two days before her 92nd…

2012 Wine Blog Award Finalist

2012 Wine Blog Award Finalist

I’m surprised and pleased to announce that a story I wrote recently for Palate Press has been selected as a finalist for “Best Blog Post of 2012.” If you enjoy my writing, I welcome your support. Please cast your vote here.

2012 Wine Blog Award Nominations

2012 Wine Blog Award Nominations

Nominations opened today for the 2012 Wine Blog Awards, recognizing excellence in wine writing by those who self-publish online. I'm pleased already to have been…

Without Reservation

Without Reservation

I met my mother for lunch recently at a restaurant in town. We don’t eat there often, maybe once or twice a year. It…

Brachetto, Birthday

Brachetto, Birthday

My birthday’s on the winter solstice, and it fell on a Wednesday this year. It was a normal, if very dark, work day. I didn’t…

Tea and Wine

Tea and Wine

In the day it’s black tea, in the evening red wine. It’s always something because this isn’t quite right, isn’t enough, or quite what…

Twenty-four Theses

We taste with four of our five senses: sight, smell, taste, and touch. (We don't use our ears to taste, but you may have…

Steamy

Steamy

Onions. Butter. Heat.

A Trip to the Rhône

A Trip to the Rhône

Seven years ago on our honeymoon, my husband and I spent a long weekend in the Northern Rhône. We thought of it as a…

Deirdre Heekin’s Bitter Alchemy

Deirdre Heekin’s Bitter Alchemy

“I am une garagiste, a woman who makes wine in her garage, and I am maître liquoriste. I am the would-be parfumeur. I am…

The Upside of Doon

The Upside of Doon

Randall Grahm, celebrated winemaker of Bonny Doon Vineyard, is betting the farm on one big, beautiful idea: terroir. In his new book, Been Doon…

Randall Grahm: Been Doon So Long

Randall Grahm: Been Doon So Long

Photo: Alex Krause Randall Grahm, celebrated winemaker of Bonny Doon Vineyard, is betting the farm on one big, beautiful idea: terroir. In his new…