Cold Soups for Hot Weather

As the temperature goes up, the last thing most people feel like doing is a lot of cooking. This time of year cries out for make-ahead dishes like cold soups. I’ve included several of my

Cool Kitchen Tip: Opening Sparkling Wines and Champagnes

At sports victories we’ve all seen the winners shaking a bottle of champagne and then opening it so the cork flies off and the wine showers out of the bottle.  Fine for a

RECIPES THAT PAIR WITH PINOT NOIR

I was recently invited to participate in Kosta Browne Winery’s annual retreat at the beautiful Mayacama Club nestled up in the hills of Sonoma County.  Kosta Browne is a small Sonoma County winery with a

Best Wines of 2010

I'm sharing Tom Simoneau's "Best Wines of 2010", which I think you'll find interesting.  Tom is "The Wine Guy" on KSRO radio where I have my show, "The Good Food Hour", broadcast every

Collecting Wine: Tips from a Chef

A few more thoughts about collecting and cellaring wine: Wine is best kept in the dark.  While incandescent or fluorescent lights seems to have no effect over the short term, long term exposure

Collecting Wine: Components for an Ideal Wine Cellar

I began my wine collection many years ago, and every time I tasted something new that I liked, I’d buy a case.  This is when I learned about the importance of a good wine merchant. 

Collecting Wine: Keeping a Journal

OK I have to admit it - - my two great passions in life are enjoying food and wine.  As a chef for more than 35 years I’ve had a chance to cook and sample

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Over Labor Day weekend we broadcast my KSRO radio show,  "The Good Food Hour" (on the air for 22 years now, tune in on Saturday's from 11 - Noon Pacific at www.ksro.com)  at the Sonoma Showcase,