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Cesari 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC

Price: $63

Rating: 15/20

Region: Veneto, Italy

Varietal: 70 percent Corvina, 20 percent Molinara & 10 percent Rondinella

Alcohol: 14.5 percent


Tasting Notes: Gerardo Cesari founded his eponymous winery in 1936 with the goal of making outstanding Amarone. Today, his son and grandchildren carry on the family business. The 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is made in the traditional manner from indigenous grape varietals partially dried for three to four months before pressing. Aged in Slavonian oak barrels for three years and in the bottle for at least eight months, the result is impressive and full- Continue reading “Cesari 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC – Wine of the Week Review” »



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Ricotta gnudi with walnut butter


by Anneli Rufus


At Sacramento’s most-talked-about restaurant, The Kitchen, executive chef John Griffiths and chef-owner Randall Selland celebrated the seasonal and the local by adding walnuts to the menu — at the exact same time as walnuts were being harvested in orchards throughout neighboring San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Yolo counties.


“There’s no better time to cook than fall,” Griffiths announced, going on to praise the region’s fruits, vegetables, meats, fish — and nuts, whose rich earthiness he said was intrinsic to autumnal cuisine.

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The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

By Ken Grossman

(Wiley, 2013)

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Beyond the Pale: The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. by Ken Grossman


It’s easy to forget how revolutionary Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. was at the time of its creation by Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi. In 1980, there were just 40 breweries in the U.S., mostly brewing bland lagers in industrial quantities. The idea of creating full-flavored, hoppy beers that could compete with long-established German imports (at least, in terms of price), was a daunting prospect. Fortunately, Ken was an incredibly hardworking, entrepreneurial and resourceful guy. He was always building things and building businesses, beginning with bicycles (he managed a few bicycle shops in Chico) before focusing entirely on beer.

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Diwali In Times Square

on November 05th, 2013
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Chaat made with smashed samosas


by David Farley


“This is what it’s like every day in Bombay,” an Indian man said to a wide-eyed red-headed woman in her thirties who looked perplexed and intimidated by the crush of people.


We weren’t in Mumbai, as the Indian metropolis formerly known as Bombay is now officially called. We were in Times Square in the heart of Manhattan. The Disney-fied space was taken over by Indians and Indian-Americans on September 22 to celebrate Diwali, a popular holiday in India known as the “festival of lights.” Diwali wasn’t actually celebrated in India until November 3 this year but that didn’t stop several hundred people from coming out on a Sunday afternoon to be entertained and eat good food.

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Viña Alicia 2009 Las Compuertas Malbec

Price: $30

Rating: 14/20

Region: Mendoza, Argentina

Varietal: 100 percent Malbec

Production: 2,000 cases

Alcohol: 14.5 percent


Tasting Notes: Many of the most highly rated Malbecs, including this Viña Alicia offering, come from Luján de Cuyo. Designated as Mendoza’s first appellation in 1993, Luján de Cuyo is a cool, high altitude region in the foothills of the Andes. The 2009 Las Compuertas Malbec is a dense, full-bodied and unfiltered wine. It features dark, earthy flavors such as blackberry, fig and mocha with Continue reading “Viña Alicia 2009 Las Compuertas Malbec – Wine of the Week Review” »



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