Pear-Cranberry Deep Dish Pie

This will take you about 40 minutes to prepare and 65 minutes to cook.   You will love the taste. No one knows where this started, but there are all kinds of reasons that this works with a good dessert wine like a Port or a Sherry. The tart cranberry mixes well with a sweet pear taste that blends like a good marriage. It is fabulous!  With the right pairing of dessert wines, you can enjoy a peak experience like no other.       DIRECTIONS:  Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.  In a large bowl you are going to mix the following …

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Terroir is Rarely Understood

The term “Terroir” is a term that describes a geopolitical relationship between wine, art, and food.   This word is often used and rarely understood. Don’t be overwhelmed or intimidated.  You have a right to your opinion.  We are learning more about how even microbial differences link to our sensory recognition of characteristics.  How a wine tastes will always be about how personal preference and the experience will play on the pallet. Old world wines were often said to have earthy notes.  There was often a cork taint or a wild yeast that could be part of a unique and special …

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Choosing a Wine at a Restaurant

The waiter approaches and asks, “Would you like to choose a bottle of wine for the table?” Wait a minute. You never volunteered for this. What do you know about choosing the right wine? Panic sets in. Your mind races as you try to figure out how to pull off the task and look cool, or in the least not foolish. Just relax. Take it a step at a time. Start with the wine list. See how it is arranged. Usually, it is separated into Reds and Whites and the specialty items like dessert wines or sparkling varieties. Wines are …

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How to Design for Amateurs: Part 1

DESIGN SCHEMES and Thoughts:  Get some help! As an amateur, with a desire to be more artistic we often get lost in the weeds on our way to making a statement about style and taste. Collaboration is often a key ingredient to your success as an artist.  You could be designing a website, remodeling a kitchen or starting to paint.  When you want to figure out a look, it is important to ask for some help. In the beginning, find some support but remember those other people cannot read your mind.  A theme, texture or color could be subjective.  Your …

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Church of One Tree Event Center

Looking for a place that wine art and food can be savored.  Here is a building where artistic talent has hewn from nature a unique structure. This was the original home of the First Baptist Church of Santa Rosa.  Robert Ripley, a native son of Santa Rosa wrote about the church where his mother attended. The redwoods of northern CA produce some incredible natural wonders.  In a place called “Stumptown”, since renamed Guerneville, CA, a tree that stood 276 feet high had a diameter of 18 feet.  It was cut down and it’s milled wood was all used to produce …

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RECIPE: Encurtido Ricky will Spice Up Your Life!

Encurtido is a pickled onion relish dish that is served throughout Latin America. When refrigeration is absent this tabletop jar of onions and vinegar will enhance whatever mystery food you find that is served. It has many different names in rural and urban settings.  As a table condiment on a wayside village, at a local restaurant or in a fine hotel you will see it. In Latin and South America, this is like Catsup, a great equalizer.           Ingredients:      3 medium-sized red onions 2 Tbsp. of coarse salt 2 oz.  Jalapeno peppers      2 oz. Cilantro …

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It was mostly “FREE” $$$

Sonoma County is wine country. Relax and have some fun. We take this stuff for granted. The area offers so many great events and music venues. It is often singularly fun because of the atmosphere and the setting are special and mostly the price… FREE. Picture this: Pack a snack on a warm summer night and blankets to spread out on the lawn. Pull out special treats of artisan bread and cheese, three bean salads, and hand-picked wines. Bringing a comfortable low back chair is just common sense. Now add a little “Je ne sais quoi” and you have it. …

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