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Blackbird Vineyards 2010 Arise

Price: $50

Rating: 15.5/20

Region: Napa Valley, California

Varietals: 61 percent Merlot, 20 percent Cabernet Sauvignon & 19 percent Cabernet Franc

Alcohol: 14.8 percent

Production: 2,867 cases


Tasting Notes: This well-balanced Bordeaux-style blend (Meritage) boasts bright cherry and blackberry flavors up front, soft tannins in the mouth and more earthy notes emerging toward the back of the palate.


Food Pairings: Rack of lamb, grilled chicken, roasted vegetables


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  • pinitbutton The Northern California Winners of GAYOT 2013 Restaurant Issue
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Radio Host Joel Riddell at the Spring Mountain Vineyard with Sophie Gayot


by Sophie Gayot


After discussing the Southern California Winners of GAYOT 2013 Restaurant Issue with chef Jamie Gwen on her radio show, I got to do the same with Joel Riddell for the northern part of the Golden State.


I was lucky to meet the energetic Riddell during the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef competition in Napa Valley where I was a judge. Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Riddell, who is based in San Francisco, discusses his culinary, wine and travel findings on Talk 910 AM KKSF during his show Dining Around.


After we spoke about GAYOT.com and what I like to eat, Riddell got our insights on the Northern California restaurants that won a place in the GAYOT 2013 Restaurant Issue. They include restaurants from chef Thomas Keller, the recipient of the title “Best Restaurateur in the U.S.

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  • pinitbutton Organic Male OM4 Skin Care Line    Review
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The Organic Male OM4 Skin Care Line is designed around the specific needs of male skin

Put His Best Face Forward


If your Dad needs some help when it comes to grooming, look no further than this organic skin care line from Organic Male OM4. The entire collection, featuring ingredients such as green tea, kelp, jojoba and shea butter, is designed around the specific needs of male skin. There are four different formulations (sensitive, oily, normal and dry), each consisting of a four-step skin care system: wash, balance, bioactivate and defend. Now you just need to convince Dad to spare the four minutes to apply it, twice a day! All OM4 products are fair trade, paraben and chemical-free and handmade in small batches. Come to think of it, your Mom will probably thank you as well.

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  • pinitbutton E&O Asian Kitchen Travels the Spice Route
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Black pepper and caramel-braised pork belly

by Anneli Rufus


San Francisco’s newly remodeled E&O Asian Kitchen recently offered a preview of its new Spice Route program — in which, every month until September, the high-ceilinged Union Square restaurant will add to its regular pan-Asian menu one savory dish, one sweet dish and one handcrafted cocktail based on a particular spice traditionally associated with the ancient Asian Spice Route. The special dish and drink will be available only during its designated month.


March’s spice was cinnamon; April’s is black pepper; May’s is turmeric; June’s is cardamom; July’s is ginger; August’s is star anise.

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  • pinitbutton Goetzes Cow Tales Candy    Review

 

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Goetze’s selection of Cow Tales, which come in various flavors and sizes

 

Caramelly ’til the Cows Come Home


The thought of chomping on a cow tail would typically sound disgusting, but when you’re talking about Goetze’s unique Cow Tale candies, it’s quite a different story. These confections, made with chewy caramel and a cream center, are a classic American treat with a history. The candy company started production over a hundred years ago, while Grover Cleveland was in office and shortly after the telephone was just starting to be used in American homes.

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