OliveFest2012

Paso Robles Olive Festival!

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We met several of the Olive Oil producers, and learned how to do an Olive Oil tasting. It's noisy and sounds pretty disgusting, but boy oh boy! While I've always loved Olive Oil, until I learned exactly *why* I love it through proper tasting, I realized that I had been missing out on the full pleasure of the oil.
Pin Tail on Bottle10

Vegas Wineaux Wine Club Learnin' Time!

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However, Kimberly’s focus on “Pin the Tail on the Bottle”; that is, bring a bottle that’s out of the ordinary, really humbled us. I made lots of grand pronouncements about aroma, palate, and finish, and largely bombed out. Even on the wine that I brought! Oh well.
SCOW4

EVOO and Wine

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I’ve been meaning to catch up on posts, but I’ve spent the last two weeks watching the Olympics and gaining weight. Doesn’t seem right, does it? Shouldn’t athletic performances be transferable through TV and result in fitness, despite the popcorn? Apparently not.
Eric, bartender extraordinaire, at B&B

Following Zach - Part Deux

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Let's face it, any restaurant that has a dish like Beef Cheek Ravioli with Black Truffles and Crushed Duck Liver is as far away from McDonald's as 2005 Bordeaux is from White Zinfandel.
Four Types of Salt

SCOW - What does THAT Mean?

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As the folks who attended the SCOW could tell you, there are distinct differences in the salts that they tasted, and are as different from everyday processed table salt as I am from, say, Lady Gaga.
Zach with one of the performers at the Venetian

Following Zach

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Zach is my oldest son, and he was born a Wineaux. Erena, my daughter, likes wine, but is busy running after two children and doesn't yet have the luxury of enjoying a glass of really fine wine on a regular basis. My youngest son, Matt, likes beer. {{{sigh}}}
glass of red wine

National Wine Day!

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So this short little post is to tell you to pop a cork on something expensive, red, and delicious, and then on Monday, say a prayer for those willing run into harm's way to protect us.
Villicana 2012 Zin

Zinfandel, Paso Robles, and Everybody Else

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Paso Robles has the best Zinfandel. Period. Everybody else is fine, but for a full appreciation of this singularly American-style grape, Paso Robles has everyone beat. By a mile. (yes, yes, I know. Primitivo. I got it.)
Hug 2010 pinot

2010 Hug Cellars Cedar Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir

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It's Saturday night, and I've spent the last several hours visiting my mother in the hospital (she's doing fine, by the way. Flirting with the young single male help. She's 90 and disappointed that they won't flirt back), and talking to the Wineaux Guy.