A Laissez Faire Approach to Wine Tasting in the Médoc

It was a hot night in late July as my husband, Matt, and I gathered for aperitifs with our friend, Caroline, and her parents at their two-hundred year-old, ivy covered house in St. Seurin de Cadourne. Across the road, the Gironde Estuary flowed north-west to the Atlantic, while millions of ruby-red grapes slowly ripened on

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Wining & Dining Among the Vines

It’s a cool evening in mid-August, and I’m in the Russian River Valley vineyards of Sonoma-Cutrer, chatting with the winery’s head winemaker, Mick Schroeter, about his recent trip to Talon Fish Lodge, in Sitka, Alaska. While there to host a wine and food pairing event featuring Sonoma-Cutrer wines, Mick had the chance to go fishing,

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Where We Go When It’s Sweltering in Sonoma

It was a hot one last week at our unairconditioned house in the Sonoma wine country, with temperatures several degrees north of 100. The heat was making us all cranky and lethargic, my daughters bickering while I tried unsuccessfully to write, sweat pooling in the small of my back and dampening my forehead. Even our

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