San Francisco

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San Francisco

One of my dearest friends lives in San Francisco (yes… it would be the legendary Premila), so I am fortunate to visit the city regularly. Since San Francisco has the luxury of a vast supply of fresh and locally produced and sourced food and wine, the tasty possibilities are infinite. You kind of can’t go […]

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“I love Scotch. Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch.” – Ron Burgundy circa 2004

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As written by Christine Berenger for Bordeaux Index. For the longest time, I never cheated. It’s true. I was exclusively a wine woman. But one day, our friends Steve and Ira gave us a beautiful bottle of Lagavulin. Dr. Evil descended upon us that very night, my friend. With our new found enthusiasm for the […]

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Spreading the Wealth from your Cellar

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Spreading the Wealth from your Cellar

As written by Christine Berenger for Bordeaux Index. Watching any Woody Allen movie about New York will confirm that true New Yorkers are known for their OCD and a never ending quest for the “best”. Hey, I can make fun of myself and my people. All of our friends back in New York are either […]

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New Position

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I want to thank everyone for your overwhelming support and encouragement on this sublime journey. It is inspiring for me to experience the exchanges with so many people from around the world who also share my enthusiasm for good wine and food. Recently, I accepted a position with Bordeaux Index in London as a portfolio manager […]

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A Quick Weekend in Santa Barbara Wine Country (and LA)

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A Quick Weekend in Santa Barbara Wine Country (and LA)

For years, several of my friends from the Los Angeles area have been enamored with the wines of Santa Barbara. They’ve allowed me to sample their stash, but many of these wineries are smaller production, so the wines don’t always make it out of California. Recently, my husband and I decided to do a quick […]

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“London Calling”

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“London Calling”

“You’ve come a long way baby,” Virginia Slims campaign slogan. My criterion for a good food city is one that has amazing food at every price point. Here are some examples that quickly come to mind: New Orleans – you can get a po-boy at a gas station and it’s actually really good (no lie); […]

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1990 Burgundy Grands Crus Tasting, Burgers and BBQ

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Tough to be me…  I was invited to a tasting of 1990 Grands Crus at Bar Boulud hosted by Jason Hyde from Acker, Merrall & Condit Company. Alongside a vivacious cast of characters with a deep love for Burgundy, we shared and discussed a few of these very coveted and pricey 20 year old wines […]

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Wines of Greece – No longer so “Greek to me”

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Wines of Greece – No longer so “Greek to me”

Summertime is here. Grill masters abound. Greek wines are perfect for backyard grilling extravaganzas. Feel free to invite friends over as these wines won’t break the budget. Recently, I shared with three different friends that there were some lovely Greek wines that I thought they should try. Unanimously, I received the same response… a puzzled […]

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Sonoma County and the Green Acres Contingency

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Sonoma County and the Green Acres Contingency

“Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream?” Pretty Woman, circa 1990 Why do people do what they do – both personally and professionally? I’ve always had a mild fascination with this topic. Winemakers tend to be very passionate people. I thoroughly take pleasure in asking them why they do what they do. Inevitably, they are doing […]

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Toro, DO and Bodegas Numanthia

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Toro, DO and Bodegas Numanthia

It’s a rainy Monday morning. In lieu of the grind, would you fancy taking a virtual whirlwind visit to the wine region of Toro, Spain, along with sampling slivers of melt-in-your-mouth Pata Negra, Spanish cheese, and then, topping off your experience with some of your favorite champers? Um, hello, happy Monday to me… A little […]

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