Braised Chicken in Red Wine

What can you do with half a bottle of wine?  Use it to braise something!  I had chicken and some leftover Zinfandel and the barest hint of an idea. I love chicken thighs and whole legs were on sale.  It only takes a moment to separate the drums and thighs. This wine was wonderful when…

Napa Valley at the end of Winter

Winter in the Napa Valley is ending a bit early this year.  The weather in Northern California has been warm and dry — while we are enjoying that we really need some more rain! The mustard is blooming early this year.   Trimming of the vines has started.  How the vines are pruned depends of…

Autumn in Napa

Recently we took a trip to Napa to pick up some wine club shipments.  It’s been a while since we went at this time of year and I’d forgotten just how beautiful it is! A variety of trees turn gold and red, while other stay green year-round. The vines also turn multiple colors, sometimes all within…

Wine Tasting — La Follette

A while back we were invite to go to Sebastopol for a wine release party.  It had been my plan to take lots of pictures and write a cool post.  Well, the party was crowded and loud and the wine was not as good as we had hoped.  I was disappointed to say the least….

Wine Tasting — Hall Rutherford Winery

Last Saturday was special.  It was a day of good friends, good food, good music and, of course, good wine!  Our first stop was at Hall Rutherford Winery. The winery visitor center is at the top of a very steep, narrow, and winding road. The front of the building is stately.  But it is what…