Stop in at the Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Tasting Room this Friday evening, August 26th, from 5:30-7 pm for the third in our series of “Summer Fridays” Wine & Cheese Pairings. This Friday, we’re featuring our newly released Goodchild Chardonnay and our crisp, fresh 2014 Sauvignon Blanc. Taste our gorgeous, silky, inky 2012 Petite Sirah along with the popular 2012 Cabernet Franc and bottle aged 2009 “Special Club Reserve” Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ll round out the evening’s tasting with artisan cheese pairings and special pricing on the featured wines. Strangely, the Santa Ynez Valley( Solvang) has been spared from most...Read More
A fool-proof case from sommelier Jared Hooper that masterfully pairs with everything from pho to duck confit. 1. NV Chartogne-Taillet ‘Sainte Anne’ Champagne “This is a great, approachable example of grower Champagne. It’s priced really well, and I also have a sentimental attachment to it because I once sabered a bottle with a Katana – a samurai sword – at about 3:00 in the morning with a bunch of friends. The beauty of Champagne, and this one in particular, is that it’s so versatile. It can handle something rich; fish in a butter sauce is just spectacular with...Read More
Photo: © Cultura Creative (RF) / Alamy Cheering news for those with a sweet tooth – a recent study has found that regular chocolate consumption is associated with better cognitive function. According to the study, published in the journal Appetite, chocolate consumption was found to be associated with cognitive performance “irrespective of other dietary habits.” Researchers looked at data collected during an earlier study in which residents of Syracuse, New York, were measured for dietary intake and risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Participants were also given a series of tests designed to measure cognitive function. “More frequent chocolate consumption...Read More
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