A friend of mine says he once was given a bottle of wine so wonderful the only occasion on which he could think of serving it would be dinner with the pope.
Editor's note: This review originally ran in The Sacramento Bee on Nov. 29, 2009.
So, here’s a better, and healthier, idea. Mix fruits, vegetables, a few nuts for crunch, and a sweet treat right on the cheese plate. Forget the crackers. Try small bits of really tasty cheese with the fruits to see which combinations you like best. You’ll have fun, and so will your guests.
The San Francisco Chronicle has released its Top 100 Wines of 2013, a list culled by the esteemed Jon Bonne, and a round of cheers must be going around the Sierra foothills. A number of greater Sacramento-area producers and wineries that sourced their grapes from the area made the cut.
In the early 1980s, I cut out a recipe from a McCalls magazine for Parker House rolls. It was in the cooking school section of the magazine and had step-by-step pictures.
Many of my recipes call for chicken stock. I usually indicate a low-sodium stock. And, truth be told, I often use chicken stock out of the box. If I had my druthers, I’d always use homemade stock. It’s easy to make, though it takes time on the stove. If you roast a whole chicken, make this stock. You’ll get about 3 quarts of flavorful stock from each whole chicken and will find that it imparts a subtle, yet intense flavor to your dishes.
You know the type: She/he already has a 1,000-bottle wine cellar, 65 corkscrews, a dozen too-cute wine posters (“Wine a little; you'll feel better”) and subscriptions to wine mags from seven continents. So what do you get him/her for Christmas?
Last week’s Wine Buzz offered a rundown of Black Friday events in Amador County, including a tasting of the Easton 2011 Zinfandel Amador County at Terre Rouge/Easton (10801 Dickson Road, Plymouth).