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wine of the week: rodney strong charlotte's home northern sonoma sauvignon blanc


rodney strong charlotte's home northern sonoma sauvignon blanc 2016there's absolutely nothing wrong with jammy wines, but i like to look for the purity more than the quantity of fruit. the rodney strong charlotte's home northern sonoma sauvignon blanc 2016 ($18) delivers clean, luminous flavors from the get-go. and how 'bout that honeysuckle nose? this super-smooth wine boasts an array of fruit, primarily melon and tropical notes, and more purity on the near endless finish. bonus points for the seamless texture and bountiful body on this beauty. rich but refined, this california white will play well with seafood ranging from shellfish to salmon, as well as fresh summer salads with protein and/or fruit.available at thomas, surdyk's, hennepin lake, haskell's, eden prairie and edina munis, ot






wine of the week: the doctors' spark sauvignon blanc


the doctors’ spark sauvignon blanceven those who love new zealand sauvignon blancs have to admit there’s a sameness to them. well, not anymore. the sparkling (literally and figuratively) nonvintage the doctors’ spark sauvignon blanc ($18) might have the freshness and piquancy of your standard kiwi sauv blanc, but with a lot more vim, verve and vigor, plus rounder fruit flavors (tropical and stone fruit to complement the usual citrus). it is also persistent, its bubbly finish zinging the palate for a minute-plus — if the mouthwatering acidity doesn’t prompt another swig in the interim. break out the shrimp, calamari, oysters or most anything fried and/or salty for this super-refreshing gem. alfresco setting optional but strongly recommended.available at wine republic, vinifera, elite liquor






wine of the week: 2014 domaine du tariquet sauvignon blanc


2014 domaine du tariquet sauvignon blancthe term “minerally” is probably overused and definitely misunderstood in wine assessment. it’s about texture, not flavor, plus freshness and firmness. and the 2014 domaine du tariquet sauvignon blanc ($11) has all of that, plus juicy and tasty fruit and a bracing, refreshing finish. not sure what else anyone could want in a white wine. a lovely, semi-intense floral nose, vivacious flavors (tropical and citrus fruits) and zingy acidity are hallmarks of this gem from france’s gascogne region in the alpine foothills. try it with seafood, whether it be light (ceviche, oysters) or heavy (salmon), and be sure to get some more for when we can break out the patio furniture and start sipping alfresco.available at cellars, 1010 washington, south lyndale, thom






wine of the week: 2014 domaine du tariquet sauvignon blanc


2014 domaine du tariquet sauvignon blancthe term "minerally" is probably overused and definitely misunderstood in wine assessment. it's about texture, not flavor, plus freshness and firmness. and the 2014 domaine du tariquet sauvignon blanc ($11) has all of that, plus juicy and tasty fruit and a bracing, refreshing finish. not sure what else anyone could want in a white wine. a lovely, semi-intense floral nose, vivacious flavors (tropical and citrus fruits) and zingy acidity are hallmarks of this gem from france's gascogne region in the alpine foothills. try it with seafood, whether it be light (ceviche, oysters) or heavy (salmon), and be sure to get some more for when we can break out the patio furniture and start sipping alfresco.available at cellars, 1010 washington, south lyndale, thom






12 mendocino wines for $20 or less


on may 25, wine gets its own national day, joining daily celebrations of everything from orange juice to truffles to chocolate. if the wine hashtag sounds familiar, you’re probably thinking of #nationaldrinkwineday in february. no matter, you can celebrate (again) by going to a local winery bash or holding your own wine tasting party and tweeting out your tasting notes or instagramming bottle labels. we’re celebrating with great wine bargains ($20 or less) from mendocino county. here’s a full case (12 bottles) to try, from light whites to intense reds. 2016 parducci small lot sauvignon blanc, mendocino ($15): the small lot wine series, from mendocino’s oldest running winery (founded in 1932), delivers delightfully drinkable wines at an equally delightful price. the sauv blanc is full of me






seven lovely spring wines from napa, sonoma and more


now that our dinner plates are filled with spring asparagus, fava beans, strawberries and lamb, it’s time to pour more aromatic wines. here are seven whose fragrant floral and fruit notes capture the season.chappellet 2015 signature chenin blanc, napa valley ($32): the label bears molly chappellet’s signature, which is fitting for this floral bouquet in a wine bottle. chappellet is a passionate gardener, who developed the winery’s extensive gardens. the chenin blanc comes from the chappellet estate vineyard high on pritchard hill in st. helena. orange blossom and jasmine aromas beckon, and rich peach, nectarine, melon and pineapple notes fill your mouth. www.chappellet.com sans wine co. 2016 sauvignon blanc, finley road vineyard, lake county and 2016 rose of carignan, poor ranch vineyards,






stop ruining your food by cooking with whatever wine you have


image from m0les.wine is pretty dang delicious on its own, but you can also use it to add flavor to many dishes, from “drunken” pasta to sauces and stews. you might think you can grab any wine and toss it into a dish, but you should put a little more thought into it before grabbing any bottle you have.advertisementfirst off, don’t switch between red and white if a recipe calls for one or the other. red is more tannic than white, which means it gets bitter faster as it reduces, so you’ll actually get a huge taste difference if you swap red and white wine. keep the red wine to a 50% reduction or less to avoid bitterness. besides that, bon appetit lays out some other things to pay attention to when cooking with wine:price doesn’t matter. since you’re changing the flavors a bit by cooking the






wine of the week: pine ridge chenin blanc/viognier 2015


pine ridge chenin blanc/viognier 2015if i had one wish in the wine world, it might be a doubling of the amount of chenin blanc that’s out there. for a great introduction to the grape in blended form, the pine ridge chenin blanc/viognier 2015 ($15, often less) is a perennial standout. great florals (thanks to the viognier) and fruit on the nose, friendly flavors, a vibrant, smooth mouthfeel and a refreshing finish are hallmarks of this california white. a prototypical patio wine, this beautiful blend is a great match with salads, chicken or seafood cooked any way and pasta.available at top ten/northgate, surdyk’s, liquor barrel, edina munis, 1010 washington, mgm and others.bill ward






a seattle winemaker has created the perfect red and white blends for p.f. chang’


precept wine has partnered with p.f. chang’s to create two wines specifically for the restaurant chain. the wines are on the menus of all 214 p.f. chang’s u.s. restaurants.one of washington’s largest wine producers has teamed up with a nationwide chain of restaurants to produce a set of wines.precept wine, based in seattle, worked with p.f. chang’s to create red and white blends to pair with the chain’s farm to wok menu. the wines, known as the walla walla project, are available in all 214 p.f. chang’s restaurants across the united states.the wines were developed by winemaker john freeman at waterbrook winery in walla walla. they are made under the browne family vineyards label, one of the company’s high-end brands.the white is a blend that is predominantly riesling, and also includes sauv






nine great supermarket wines for $15 or less


just because your bank account needs a break doesn’t mean you have to give up good wine. i’d rather not spend more than 15 bucks for an everyday wine, and i’ve discovered some terrific bottles at three grocery stores. here are nine wallet-friendly wines — eight for $15 or less, one just a smidge more — that never let me down.trader joe’sgloria ferrer sonoma brut ($13): here’s a bubbly for any occasion — including making it past hump day. toasty, lemony aromas tickle your nose, while tart apple and fruity berry flavors fill your mouth. this tastes like it could be a significantly pricier sparkling wine or champagne.2015 pine ridge vineyards chenin blanc viognier ($11): open my refrigerator and you’re likely to find this aromatic white blend chilling. heady white floral, melon, peach and hon






two wine-growing areas in the west make wine spectator's top 10 travel destinati


you won’t have to go far to explore two of wine spectator’s top 10 wine travel destinations for 2017. calistoga, calif., and hood river area in oregon and washington made the selective list, whose recommended places are pretty european-centric.spas, dining and wines sell calistoga, according to the magazine, which recommends tastings at eight wineries, including the smaller t-vine winery and larkmead vineyards. the magazine also finds the high-adventure area along the columbia river in the northwest adds to its wine and dining choices. this too recommends tasting areas and places to stay, including the historic columbia gorge el for those who want to splurge.here’s the list of wine-worthy 2017 destinations from wine spectator’s editors. each destination features where to go, where to stay






northern california wine and beer events, april 2 and beyond


signature sonoma valley: this inaugural event showcasing sonoma’s wine region offers access to rare wines, vineyard tours, winemaker-hosted tastings, and wine pairing dinners. april 7-8. prices vary. http://sonomavalleywine.com.women, wine and cheese: nancy cline of cline cellers will be honored as at the ymca’s 10 annual women, wine and cheese event, a fundraiser that includes a bubbles & cheese reception followed by a three-course meal paired with wines from the cline portfolio. april 7. fairmont sonoma mission inn, 100 boyes blvd., sonoma. $200.  http://www.ywcasc.org.passport sunday: tour the suisun valley wine country for wine tasting, food pairings and live music. wineries and venues include backroad vines, il fiorello olive oil, jelly belly candy company, suisun valley wine cooperat






white house typo names attorney general of 'american sonoma'


the sonoma valley wine region of california. not to be confused with american samoa. (photo: peter dasilva for usa today)this looks like another case of autocorrect run amok.in a list of attorneys general who attended a meeting with president trump tuesday, the white house accidentally identified talauega ale as the attorney general of "american sonoma" rather than american samoa, the u.s. territory located in the south pacific with a population of about 55,000 people where ale really is attorney general.american sonoma is not an actual thing or place, but williams sonoma is a high-end culinary retail store and sonoma county is well-known for being home to some of california's greatest vineyards.rep. jared huffman, d-calif., who represents part of sonoma county, made light of the gaffe on






white house typo names attorney general of 'american sonoma'


the sonoma valley wine region of california. not to be confused with american samoa. (photo: peter dasilva for usa today)this looks like another case of autocorrect run amok.in a list of attorneys general who attended a meeting with president trump tuesday, the white house accidentally identified talauega ale as the attorney general of "american sonoma" rather than american samoa, the u.s. territory located in the south pacific with a population of about 55,000 people where ale really is attorney general.american sonoma is not an actual thing or place, but williams sonoma is a high-end culinary retail store and sonoma county is well-known for being home to some of california's greatest vineyards.rep. jared huffman, d-calif., who represents part of sonoma county, made light of the gaffe on






white house typo names attorney general of 'american sonoma'


the sonoma valley wine region of california. not to be confused with american samoa. (photo: peter dasilva for usa today)this looks like another case of autocorrect run amok.in a list of attorneys general who attended a meeting with president trump tuesday, the white house accidentally identified talauega ale as the attorney general of "american sonoma" rather than american samoa, the u.s. territory located in the south pacific with a population of about 55,000 people where ale really is attorney general.american sonoma is not an actual thing or place, but williams sonoma is a high-end culinary retail store and sonoma county is well-known for being home to some of california's greatest vineyards.rep. jared huffman, d-calif., who represents part of sonoma county, made light of the gaffe on






wine of the week: domaine des cassagnoles cotes de gascogne 2016


domaine des cassagnoles côtes de gascogne 2016the first job of a wine is to be delicious. but as the weather warms, being quaffable is a close second. well, it doesn’t get more easy-drinking than the domaine des cassagnoles côtes de gascogne 2016 ($12), a vibrant, smooth-as-silk white blend from one of my favorite sources for affordable wine, france’s gascony region. it’s usually about half colombard, and a quarter each ugni blanc and gros manseng, and always displays mouthwatering mineral notes and acidity. plus, with just 12 percent alcohol, this zesty white is made for picnics and patio imbibing. it’s a seafood lover, from clam chowder to ceviche, and is a fabulous match for vegetable tarts.available at falls, the wine shop, wine thief, solo vino, south lyndale and others.bill ward






cab is king: cabernet sauvignon has become the state’s signature wine


winemakers and grape growers are fond of saying cabernet sauvignon is king. now that also is true in washington wine country.in recent years, cab’s stock has risen at the same speed as its acreage and tonnage. it achieved a new level last fall, when winemakers brought in an astonishing 71,100 tons. that’s more than the entire washington wine industry produced of all wine grapes in 1999.cabernet sauvignon now makes up 26 percent of the state’s production. in california, cab accounts for 13 percent of the production, trailing only chardonnay.three washington cabs of varying prices, styles and availability:mosquito fleet winery 2013 reserve 34 cabernet sauvignon, walla walla valley, $90: a spendy but remarkable wine from a belfair winery on the kitsap peninsula, this features aromas of rose p






7 perfect wine and s’mores pairings


as kids, we loved molten marshmallows, squished between chocolate squares and crunchy graham crackers. now that we’re adults, we can wash those s’mores down with something more interesting than milk. of course, the average red or white wine doesn’t pair well with sticky, sweet s’mores. aim instead for port or a dessert wine. here are seven perfect pairings for the ultimate s’mores and wine match up.botrytised wines: these slightly sweet dessert wines result when a mold — a good mold — called botrytis infects grapes that have been left on the vine several weeks beyond the typical harvest time. the high acidity of the semillon and sauvignon blanc grapes used in sauternes, for example, and the furmint grape in tokaji wines cuts right through the richness of a s’more. you can find these wines,






wine of the week: fleuraison blanc de blancs brut


fleuraison blanc de blancs brut for those of us who like to have a dead-of-winter party, some inexpensive bubbles are a necessary non-evil. the fleuraison blanc de blancs brut ($14) is perfect for these occasions, provided one can get past the gorgeous florals on the nose and actually drink it. on the palate, there’s everything one could want from a sparkling wine: zest, verve, lift, crisp green apple and citrus flavors, racy acidity, a persistent finish. tastes great, less filling. made with spanish grapes by a french vigneron, this smooth sparkler is ideal for salty appetizers (or sipping with popcorn while watching a movie), sushi or a friday-night fish (or chicken) fry. ah, almost forgot: your valentine’s honey will think you spent a lot more than you did with this gem.available at gle






salute the republic of california (all 25 days of it) under the bear flag in son


why: sonoma, just 45 miles north of san francisco, has a bustling central plaza, the last franciscan missions and a unique revolutionary history. what: sonoma and its mission were born just as mexico was wrestling control of the californias away from spain in the 1820s. but in june 1846, about 20 english-speaking men staged the bear flag revolt, arrested mexican general mariano vallejo and declared sonoma to be part of a new california republic -- all without firing a shot.this attempt at independence lasted less than a month, but it showed mexico's vulnerability. and it was time enough for somebody to design a flag featuring a grizzly bear that, unfortunately, looked a lot like a pig. by 1848, the u.s. had taken control of alta california, including sonoma, by prevailing in the mexican wa






20 awesome barbecue and wine pairings


barbecue — in all its regional forms — stirs passion like no other homegrown american cuisine. each style, from vinegary carolina to smoky texas to dry-rub memphis and grilled, sauced st. louis, has legions of loyal fans. when it comes to washing it all down, icy cold beer is a natural partner, but we’re partial to the fruit of the vine.bold, peppery zinfandel is a classic pairing for barbecue. but we wanted to look outside the zin world, so we set out to find the best white, rosé and red wines to serve with grilled chicken, tri-tip, pulled pork and ribs —all sourced from san jose’s delicious south winchester barbecue.after sampling our way through dozens of wines and bites — and a few homemade sides — here are 20 stellar barbecue wine pairings. smoked barbecue chicken2016 fenestra rosé, l






wine of the week: brancott marlborough pinot gris 2016


brancott marlborough pinot gris 2016new zealand sauvignon blancs remain a seriously popular varietal, but i find the pinot gris from kiwi land to be just as strong an option for lovers of clean, crisp whites. the brancott marlborough pinot gris 2016 is a steal at $13, a vibrant, persistent mouth full of pleasure. floral and stone-fruit notes abound on the nose, and peach, pear and apple flavors vie for the palate’s attention. the winner: the person drinking the wine. the racy, snappy acidity balances out this mouthwatering beauty all the way through the firm, ample finish. almost any kind of fish or fowl will sing with this snappy white, whether it be fried, grilled or anything else.available at arbor pointe, south lyndale, scandia olde towne, smith avenue, westwood, thomas and othersbill






your california bucket list: essential adventures and experiences in the golden


why: sonoma, just 45 miles north of san francisco, has a bustling central plaza, the last franciscan missions and a unique revolutionary history. what: sonoma and its mission were born just as mexico was wrestling control of the californias away from spain in the 1820s. but in june 1846, about 20 english-speaking men staged the bear flag revolt, arrested mexican general mariano vallejo and declared sonoma to be part of a new california republic -- all without firing a shot.this attempt at independence lasted less than a month, but it showed mexico's vulnerability. and it was time enough for somebody to design a flag featuring a grizzly bear that, unfortunately, looked a lot like a pig. by 1848, the u.s. had taken control of alta california, including sonoma, by prevailing in the mexican wa






from austrian rieslings to albariño to vermentino, spring white wines for your t


it’s well into spring. time to wake up your mouth and dispatch the heavy red wines to the cellar, where they can slumber for the next six months — they’ll be all the better for it — and embrace youth, by which i mean vintages 2016 or 2015. and above all, let’s make it white.only white wines, matured in neutral vessels, and hardly at all, will do. the modus operandi is vibrancy, immediacy — dry, crisp, lean, mouthwatering wines with an emphasis on purity and freshness. bonus points if, in honor of the season, the wine gives an impression of greenness, whether in color or flavor; a young un-oaked white wine will have a pale grassy hue, which hints at its flavors as well as its potential energy — the amount of mouthwatering propulsion it’s packing.whether dry german and australian rieslings,






equality wines opens guerneville tasting room


there’s a food and wine renaissance happening in the tiny sonoma county town of guerneville.the latest addition is a brick-and-mortar tasting room for equality wines, a do-good wine label that promotes and donates proceeds to social justice causes, such as marriage equality and women’s rights. owners matt grove, michael volpak (co-owner of downtown’s big bottom market) and jim obergefell plan to open the 700-square foot tasting room in guerneville this july.(photo: equality wines) the six wines in the portfolio are crafted by star-quality winemakers using prized vineyard sources. love wins ($30), a sparkling cuvee rose, is made by joy sterling of iron horse vineyards; the decision, a single-vineyard pinot noir that commemorates the supreme court ruling on marriage equality, hails from kurt






a taste of the middle east: turkey, lebanon and israel are home to thriving wine


the eastern mediterranean, known more commonly as the near east or the middle east, is home to a thriving wine industry.grape growing and winemaking date to biblical times, and opening a bottle from turkey, israel or lebanon is sure to trigger an interesting conversation at your next dinner party.turkey’s wine industry is well-developed, stretching to the 1920s and now having more than 150,000 acres of vineyards split into seven growing regions. while you will recognize some of the grapes grown there, turkey has nearly 1,000 varieties indigenous to the region, with names such as okuzgozu, bogazkere and papaskarasi. vinorai, a seattle-based distributor, imports turkish wines to supply u.s. retail outlets, including compass wines and the online world wines at home.these three wines are from






harvick ends 20-race winless streak with victory at sonoma


sonoma, calif. – kevin harvick led a 1-2-3 podium sweep for ford while proving that veteran experience still counts for something in nascar.harvick returned to victory lane for the first time this season with a dominating run sunday in the toyota/save mart 350 at sonoma raceway. the former nascar champion came to sonoma winless in 20 races since kansas last fall and has been overshadowed in this season of nascar’s young new superstars.but at a track where experience and ability can separate the field, it was harvick and a bunch of veterans who led the way. it was the first win on the winding wine country road course in 17 tries for the bakersfield, calif., driver.sonoma was one of only four active tracks where harvick never had scored a cup victory. he did, however, win the k&n series race






sonoma county winery: tablets download


download download tablet application. welcome to the sonoma winery finder application. this is the ultimate sonoma winery finder application for all wine enthusiast and hobbyist. our application contains data contact information on hundreds of wineries in sonoma county, california. at a touch of a finger, you can easily find the address, phone number and website on over 300 wineries, vineyards, tasting rooms and cellars throughout sonoma county, california. data information includes: winery name -winery address (street, city, state and zip code) -winery phone number -winery website -sonoma area mapour application provides a data searching option that allow the user to find any winery establishment in sonoma county, california. the search feature is very simple and easy to use. search by na






the best chocolate and wine pairings, according to a sommelier


there’s nothing more romantic than wine and chocolate—as long as the pairing is right. here are some useful suggestions from an expert in the field.in this video, madeline puckette, sommelier and founder of wine folly, shares her picks for great chocolate and wine pairings. for basic chocolates, especially the dark stuff, puckette suggests a nice, sweet port. for chocolate cakes, cupcakes, and the like, reach for a bottle of shiraz. and if you’re more of a white chocolate fan—which isn’t really chocolate, but still—a dry sauvignon blanc will elevate the vanilla flavoring of the white chocolate to an irresistible fruitiness. of course, if you’re reaching for the basic stuff in the candy aisle, there are plenty of other pairing suggestions out there.you may be too old to trick-or-treat, but






mauiwine tasting -- and not just pineapple wine


maui may conjure images of mai tais and pineapples, but there are vineyards of syrah and malbec in the upcountry. and while you can certainly taste pineapple wine at mauiwine, the 40-year-old winery on the ulupalakua ranch, you can also enjoy rosé and syrah — and some spectacular views.this is storied land, rich in tales of king kamehameha iii, sugar mills, bronco busters and a long and lavish history of hospitality. when c. pardee erdman bought the 58,000-acre cattle ranch in the 1960s, he brought in sheep and elk — and emil tedeschi, of the napa tedeschi family, to create maui’s first vineyard and winery, which opened in 1974. and that whole pineapple wine thing? that was an accident.the staff had been setting up its sparkling wine production line. they needed to practice on something —






rhone rangers sondra bernstein, jeff cohn cellars move


hall of famer: restaurateur sondra bernstein is best known for her beloved the girl & the fig restaurant empire in sonoma and two cookbooks. but she’s been a champion of rhone valley varietals in american wines — vigonier, marsanne, roussanne, grenache, syrah and more — ever since opening her first restaurant 20 years ago. she created a “rhone alone” wine list, a gutsy move in 1997, when most people didn’t know grenache or viognier.now this rhone  pioneer is being recognized for her passion. on june 9, bernstein will be the first restaurateur to receive the rhone rangers lifetime achievement award. this is the fifth lifetime award given by the rhone wine advocacy group. past recipients include randall grahm (bonny doon vineyard), robert haas (tablas creek vineyard) and bob lindquist (qupe)






how to drink wine the right way, according to science


illustration: elena scotti/gizmodo/gmg, photos via shutterstock wine is spoiled grape juice. it’s old squished grapes mixed with yeast that get you drunk. but lots of people have a lot of things to say about wine, and maybe you’ve wondered what it is that gets them so jazzed over rotten grapes. well, a lot of their enjoyment comes from biology, chemistry and psychology, as well as the kinds of molecules that travel from the glass into your body.bianca bosker knew little about wine when she started writing her new book cork dork, which came out on march 28th. bosker followed sommeliers, scientists and wine lovers on an olfactory quest to understand why some people get so excited over wine, and whether all the fancy wine-words you hear at restaurants have any real meaning.from amazon1 purcha






wine, film and cautionary tales about in-flight booze


tuolumne tasting: sierra foothills wines star at the 41st annual columbia wine tasting scheduled for april 9. nearly 80 wineries will pour their latest vintages at venues throughout columbia historic state park. a benefit for the columbia college foundation’s culinary arts program, the event also includes hors d’oeuvres created by culinary students. details: tickets $55-$60; www.columbiawinetasting.comwine and a flick: mark your calendar for the 20th annual sonoma international film festival, which runs march 29 to april 2, and features more than 100 curated films at venues near sonoma’s historic plaza. among those venues is the cine-transformer, a 53-foot pop-out mobile theater that will be screening 15-minute 3d shorts, as guests sip wine and nibble truffled popcorn. the festival also in






kevin harvick gets his first nascar victory in sonoma


sonona — kevin harvick led a 1-2-3 podium sweep for ford while proving that veteran experience still counts for something in nascar.harvick returned to victory lane for the first time this season with a dominating run sunday on the road course at sonoma raceway. the former nascar champion came to sonoma winless in 20 races since kansas last fall and has been overshadowed in this season of nascar’s young new superstars.but at a track where experience and ability can separate the field, it was harvick and a bunch of veterans who led the way. it was the first win on the winding wine country road course in 17 tries for the bakersfield, california, driver.sonoma was one of just four active tracks where harvick had never before scored a cup victory. he did, however, win the k&n series race at so






b.c.’s tightrope winery finds a balance of power


at its core, winemaking is a balancing act. finding the right vineyard; adjusting care of the fruit to the evolving weather; knowing just when to pick to capture all the goodness of the grape; then nurturing the wine until you bottle it, ready to send your creation into the world.lyndsay o’rourke seems to have found all those pieces and put them together with her grape-growing husband, graham. they are owners of the appropriately named tightrope winery on the naramata bench in british columbia’s okanagan valley.together, they are crafting wines of remarkable beauty whose hallmark is fresh fruit with a sense of place and balance.like most b.c. wines, tightrope wines are next to impossible to buy outside the province. however, tightrope sells several of its wines through winebcusa.com. tight






how you should get drunk this easter, based on what meat you're eating


photo by steven lilley.easter is rapidly approaching and, whether your serving ham, lamb, or just subsisting on reese’s eggs and hollow bunnies, you’re probably going to want a drink at some point. wine is always a good occasion beverage—something about popping a cork just feels festive—and we have some pairing suggestions:advertisementif you’re serving lamb: lamb has a rich, meaty, slightly game-y flavor that can stand up to a lot of bolder, drier reds, so don’t be afraid of “bigger” bottles. a smokey, oak-aged argentinian malbec will absolutely sing next to a grilled leg of lamb—argentinians are very good at the whole “grilled meat” thing—but if you’re roasting a rack and serving it with a wine-y sauce, fionna beckett of matching food & wine recommends a “a younger, more fruit-driven win






culinary stars, high-tech homes, glamping tips


sunset magazine’s celebration weekend, the annual shindig for those who love and live the western lifestyle — and isn’t that all of us? — returns for a second year to sonoma county.highlights of this year’s inspiration- and advice-packed weekend:— the “smart cottage” is a 900-square-foot cottage on the cornerstone property that’s been reimagined as a tech-filled time saver. a nearby “smart trailer” will display portable tech gadgets.— “camp sunset” will offer “glamping” advice for those who don’t want to get too far into the great outdoors without some conveniences of home. there’ll be gourmet s’mores too.— big names in the culinary world will present a total of 16 seminars on two stages. chef headliners include chris cosentino (cockscomb), ryan scott (finn town), douglas keane (two birds/






female officers in high demand at st. paul police department


allison rogers knew she wanted to be a police officer, but others had their concerns: did she consider teaching instead? had she seen the most recent news articles about officers who were killed in the line of duty?so rogers pursued a degree in corrections instead.“i had a lot of people telling me i wouldn’t want to be in the profession,” said rogers. “more out of fear than that it wasn’t a noble profession. i’m a pretty small … i’m 5-foot-1. with my boots, i’m 5-3.”in her second year at minnesota state university, mankato, she gained the confidence to switch tracks to law enforcement after speaking with an officer from her hometown of waseca, minn., where she served as a police reserve. on a recent urday morning, rogers, 23, was among 88 people who packed an informational meeting at the n