Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir on a Snowy Night

December 21st brought more than the official start of Winter.It also brought the final frenzied countdown to Christmas, with shoppers frantically buying their last gifts.  And the wine department in which I work was packed with people seeking the perfect gift.In addition, the first significant snowfall made its appearance. The nighttime snowfall created a welcome...

J Winery Brut Rose’ with the Talented Trio

Yes, Chef Andrew made delicious holiday fruitcake!  Here is his amazing recipe! Fruit Cake 2 cups mixed diced glacéed fruits 2 cups golden raisins 1 cup dark raisins 1 ½ cups dried currants ½ cup halved glacéed red cherries plus additional for garnish ½ cup chopped glacéed angelica (available at specialty foods shops) plus additional...

Rodney Strong Symmetry with the Complexities of Gratitude

Thanksgiving weekend was at its end.  All the visiting family members were gone back to their homes, and my house was empty and quiet. Amidst all the weekend activity, I found little time for gratitude.  Now, on a quiet Sunday evening, it was nice to ponder all for which I was grateful.  Good food… good drinks… good conversations…...