1313 Main in Napa California awaits you

1313 Main of Napa California in my opinion is one of Napa’s best restaurants. With executive Chef Adam Ross at the helm, and Jordan Nova restaurant director and certified Sommelier you have two power players who love what they do, and it shows. Restaurant owner Al Jabarin (also the owner of online wine seller www.calwine.com) has given Chef Adam and Jordan the freedom to create locally sourced dishes and wine pairings that are out of this world. This can be a risky proposition, but with the years of experience that both Chef and Jordan bring to the table it was a no brainer, and it has worked very well. When Chef Adam creates a new dish, and before it goes up onto the menu, he looks to Jordan and his kitchen staff for ways to improve upon his creation, and […]

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Greece: Melbourne’s “Travel Writers Radio Show” With Graeme Kemlo

Greece: Melbourne Radio Show With Graeme Kemlo

Greece Adventure Part 1

The following is the outline used for two radio segments  produced in July  of 2014.

Odysseas Elytis, (Odysseus Elytis) winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize for Literature, was a major poet in the Greek language. Possessed of a highly original and lyrical voice, he was an international figure of 20th-century poetry. Here a favorite quote of his:

“If you deconstruct Greece, you will in the end see an olive tree, a grapevine, and a boat remain. That is, with as much, you reconstruct her.” ~ Odysseas Elytis

Greece is many-faceted. It has a rich history, varied terrain, and great natural beauty. Consisting of many islands and multiple seas, it was birth place to a great conqueror, philosophers, and writers. Here, ancient ruins if not deemed important enough are simply built around or over. In early summer the […]

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By |August 6th, 2014|Categories: Destinations, Radio Interviews|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Ka’anapali Fresh Festival Birthplace of the Dragonberry Bomb Cocktail

The third annual Ka’anapali Fresh  Festival  on Maui’s Western coast is coming up August 29-31, 2014 on the beach and different hotel venues in  this  famed resort area.  Join the Ka’anapali Resort Association for  three days and nights of locally-sourced food, a celebration of farms and fishermen, local products, local chefs and Hawaiian culture and music. And yes, wine and signature cocktails too. Stay in one of Ka’anapali’s fine hotels and condos, you may book a room  and purchase tickets online for the festival events.

Why not celebrate  right now with this Dragonberry Bomb?

There will be gala dinners and events featuring Ka’anapali’s best chefs, Hawaiian musicians and hula, local farmers and fishermen and a cultural event  with the arrival of the new double -hulled sailing canoe at the beach for  the sunset opening of the three day event.  Mixology class happens again this year  and […]

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Allison Inn and Spa: All Wine, All The Time (Conde Nast Hotelchatter)

We always love a good pinot. We also love a stellar locale and a stunning property. And if we really could have everything we’d wish for a fabulous restaurant and an award-winning spa too. So guess what? After a lot of soaking, tasting and sipping we found it–the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Oregon.

Located in Oregon’s wine country everything at the inn is all about wine. You can spend an entire day here, sipping, soaking in and tasting everything vino.

The level of sophistication of all of the various offerings here might seem rather incongruous in this laid back area of the Willamette Valley but it is all Northwest elegance down to the collection of local artwork, design, spa treatments, food and level of service.

Everywhere you look from the room design to the restaurant décor to the welcome goodies in […]

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Published in Lavish Magazine Feb. 2008: Southern Hospitality-Oregon Style

Most people think of Oregon as the Christmas tree state. True, Oregon grows and exports 92% of it’s trees out of state * but Oregon is much more. It’s a state of contrasts; mountains to beaches, rivers to desert. It’s a state of people with a similar state of mind. They all share a joyous pioneer spirit, a respect for the land, and a passion for what they do.

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Your Champagne Primer

If you (heavens no!) have any leftover champagne - DO NOT THROW OUT THIS FABULOUS INGREDIENT however flat. Here a practical and delicious recipe makes good use of precious libation that has lost it's stars but not it's flavor!

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Sip and give at Southern Oregon’s Thanksgiving tastings

It's tradition here in wine country for vino lovers to visit wineries and participate in tastings over the Thanksgiving Holiday. This year give as you sip!

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Rum Lovers are Celebrating Rum Month this July

Rum lovers are celebrating Rum Month this July with drinks, sauces, desserts and all things rum! This Rum Torte is a colorful, easy dessert that looks as if you spent all day baking. Begin with a yellow box cake mix and a couple of jars of the best preserves. Buy a good rum , I prefer deep dark Jamaican Myers's rum.

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By |February 7th, 2010|Categories: Desserts, Recipes, Savor|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments