Vinography Unboxed: Week of November 23, 2014


Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently.

This week included a major accomplishment for me: I have officially unboxed and sorted …read more

Black Friday for Wine and Food Enthusiasts

Black Friday for Wine and Food Enthusiasts Starting Black Friday, we’re offering a holiday special—signed copies of our latest book, A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy, through December 18, 2014. The book is perfect for foodies, culinarians, enophiles and anyone wanting to learn how the …read more

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’ll be driving down to Malibu today with my family members, as we’ve done every Thanksgiving for nearly 30 years. We go to cousin Ellen’s house, on Big Rock in the hills above the P.C.H., where about 22 of us will gather for the traditional turkey. This year’s celebration …read more

Thanksgiving in Iberia: An Ode to Port Wine and Stuffed Fowl!

Thanksgiving Spain

is a famed holiday in the European community. Non-American friends and co-workers repeatedly ask when this epic meal occurs (hinting for an invite), and nearly all Americans living here agree that the best part of having an authentic Thanksgiving meal on foreign soil is sharing the experience with at …read more

Craft beer overtakes Bud: chart of the day

craft beer bud

The King of Beers has a problem: Growth. Or, the lack of it. It’s pretty obvious that Bud is in decline. But a chart in the WSJ, reproduced above, shows the scale and speed of that of that collapse, as Bud sales have cratered, falling by 50% over the last …read more

10 Outstanding Wines With Turkey

Wines with turkey

This year’s best Thanksgiving wines consider how not all turkey dinners are not made equal. Here are ten wines that pair well with turkey based on how it’s prepared.

TIP: The wines listed below focus primarily on <a target="_blank" href="" title="Red & Dark Fruit Flavors in …read more

Gundlach-Bundschu Chardonnay

Wine Review: 2012 Gundlach-Bundschu Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California If you are a Gun-Bun fan and love austere whites, you’ll love the 2012 Gundlach-Bundschu Chardonnay. Green apple and lime take center stage with a tinge of honey and mineral that plays softly through the finish. The winemaker sourced the grapes …read more

Spanish Recipe: Andalusian-style Roasted Turkey

Andalusian-style Roasted Turkey

With origins mainly in Asia, North Africa, and Western Europe, wild birds such as wood pigeon, quail, pheasant, goose, duck, and partridge are found in numerous and varied preparations throughout the Iberian peninsula, influenced by traditions of Europe (present in the use of alcohol, patés, pine nuts and truffles, of …read more