We began with Lynda and Ebong in the kitchen, which was very cute, although did it seem like her children were all wearing onesies? Anyway, hope she finds her dream house.
Chenin Blanc Stacie told her sorority sisters about the search for her mother and father, and it was interesting to see their reaction to Stacie’s discovery that she had a Caucasian mom and a Nigerian dad. This is one of those situations where no one should be uncomfortable, but people are, and I guess you have to consider that this birth took place more than 30 years ago when people may not have felt as free to be open about their relationships. That’s too bad, because Stacie is clearly searching for answers, and no kid should be kept in the dark about the identity of their parents.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) Ted Gibson ’s salon opened, and there was a little competition between the ladies for his attention.
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IF you’re looking for a chocolate pinot noir sauce, keep driving. The rustic region of Sonoma County may be a wine lovers’ playground, but it lacks many of the touristy trappings of its more upscale and better-known neighbor, Napa. Not that Sonomans are complaining. Cars have bumper stickers like “Kill your TV” and “Subvert the Dominant Paradigm,” and people here mean it. The freethinking tradition is being nurtured by a new generation of oenophiles who appreciate Sonoma’s low-key charms, filling its beautiful historic towns with upscale boutiques, art galleries and Old World-style restaurants.
Sauvignon Blanc in Sonoma still tend to be smaller, younger and family-owned. One of the youngest is Scribe Winery (2300 Napa Road, Sonoma; 707-939-1858; scribewinery.com ), started by Andrew Mariani, 28, and his family in 2007 on an estate of almost 200 acres that used to be a turkey farm. The winery, with its dusty driveway and artfully rundown hacienda, is so new the first wines from these vineyards, a pinot noir and chardonnay, won’t be released until next year. Meanwhile, you can sample its blends made from grapes sourced from its nearby vineyards.
Chenin Blanc ) features Shakespeare and newer plays, including an upcoming run of Neil LaBute ’s brutal comedy of a plus-sized romance, Fat Pig.
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One of the rarest treats to enjoy in a glass is ice wine, an ultra-sweet after-dinner sipper crafted by squeezing sugar-laden juice from frozen grapes.
Rosé Ice wine is made in all four regions of the Pacific Northwest, with the finest traditionally coming from British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, where winemakers and grape growers can count on cold temperatures every year.
Sauvignon Blanc To be labeled an "ice wine" in Canada, grapes must freeze on the vine at temperatures at or below 17 degrees Fahrenheit. In the United States, it is legal to freeze grapes post-harvest, though the wines usually are not called "ice wine" on the label. Either way it is accomplished, frozen grapes mean only a small amount of juice can be squeezed from each grape. The result is a wine that is high in sugar - 25 percent residual sugar and higher - and modest in alcohol.
Tourists are streaming into the little wine-growing region up north -- minuscule in size compared to Leelanau and the huge holdings in southwest Michigan -- and discovering more wineries, a hip, quality-driven attitude to the wines and tasting rooms,and ease in traversing the state's one true wine road, M-37, known as Center Road. All of the wineries are on or accessible from this rolling, two-lane blacktop.
Cabernet Shiraz While there's no denying the unblemished beauty of this 18-mile-long slice of paradise, with its rocky coastlines and peaceful, rural atmosphere, the wine scene is on steroids.
Rosé Winery owner Eileen Brys can recall the time 10 years ago when she and husband Walter built Brys Estate. "You could drive up Center Road," she said, "and Chateau Grand Traverse had the first vineyards you could see from the road. But now the vineyards start at the base of the peninsula and creep all the way up." Where once there were four tasting rooms -- Chateau Grand Traverse, Chateau Chantal, Bowers Harbor and Peninsula Cellars -- today there are seven, and TV star and Traverse City boy Carter Oosterhouse and brother Todd are preparing to build No. 8.
What triggered me to pull out that file and write about Becker tonight was the second delicious bottle of his wine that I’ve opened this week: a 2008 Cabernet-Syrah blend. Over the weekend we had his 2008 Prairie Rotie, a Rhone-style blend dominated by Mourvedre. All grapes grown in Texas. Today’s wine was just so good with that rib-eye steak and cucumber salad that I can’t hold off any longer. A good bottle of wine has a way of rearranging your priorities.
Shipping Wine To India Becker is a bookish endocrinologist who can quote Wallace Stevens’ poem “13 Ways of Looking At a Blackbird.” Every time I open a bottle of Becker’s wine, I think of something he told me about how he has an olfactory memory for wines that corresponds to the tactile memory he has for his patients’ thyroid lumps. Even if touching or tasting them years apart, he can remember them. This is a guy who cares about esthetics.
Cabernet Shiraz Now I’m no wine expert, but I drink enough to remember some wines and have an opinion on most of them. And I can say with confidence that Becker makes the best wine in Texas, and for the price, usually less than $15 for new vintages, there’s few bottles from anywhere in the world that offer better value. If the label said Napa, most of his wines would go for $50 an up.
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