Thursday, May 7, 2020

Wining in the time of Coronavirus...

The GoW & JD pre-lockdown
Random thoughts during the lockdown:

Making the bed every day counts as an accomplishment.

Digging out old recipes that I haven't made in at least 25 years. Comfort food, as they're my mom's recipes.

Rereading books. Re-watching TV series. Not feeling the need to watch anything new.

Surprised at how easy it is to just stay home.

Discovering that it wasn't lack of time that kept me from cleaning out the closet.

Wondering if I can get the airline to refund my money instead of giving me a travel voucher.

Wondering if we'll be able to travel next year.

Hoping we can start pouring wine at the tasting room soon.

Alternating between acceptance and frustration.

Happy that after all these years together, we still really like each other and get along well.

Happy that we have the technology to stay in touch with friends near and far. Some family, too.

Surprised at how many of my friends and colleagues feel driven to create, while I'm just enjoying the downtime, even after almost 2 months.

Wondering how it is that I've lost a few pounds during this time, despite thinking about food all the time.

Hoping I'll be able to get the medical procedures done that I thought would be done by now. Still need some post-cataract surgery clean up.

Enjoying bird watching from my front door. Love the mockingbirds.

Missing baseball season.

Happy that we're locked down in Morro Bay and not in Burbank.

Hoping you're well and safe, wherever you're locked down.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

It's been a heckuva year for the Goddess of Wine and #FirstAcolyte (#JDBakes) John Dickey, and we couldn't have done it without your support! 

Thanks to all the thirsty students of wine, the good-natured and patient wine bar owners, the wine company reps who consistently find amazing wines no matter what we ask for, and, of course, all the wine makers who create liquid magic for us.

We're looking forward to more wine and food pairings, more geeky wine arcana, and more wine enjoyment!

Happy Holidays to all!
Happy New Year!
See you in 2020!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Date Change for "Bubbly by the Bay"!

Due to ongoing renovations at the Morro Bay Wine Seller - soon to be The Savory Palette - we've moved the date one week, to November 20th. 

Sorry about the inconvenience. Hope you can come!

Reservations are required due to limited seating, so get your tickets now! 

Click on the date in the calendar to the right >>>>

Must be 21 or older to attend. 


Friday, August 2, 2019

Tasting Blindly in July...

And the theme is...?
We had an engaged and enthusiastic group of students at the July Tasting Blind class at the Morro Bay Wine Seller on Wednesday. As always, there was a theme to the wines, which I always hope students will figure out while they're tasting. This group did not disappoint - and neither did the wines!

As always, we had fresh-baked bread from #JDBakes on the tables for palate cleansing and generally tastiness.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Rhone Valley vs. Paso Robles...

Wines of the night. Missing Seven Angels 'Chosen One'
Last month, the Goddess of Wine was challenged to compare Bordeaux to Paso; this month the challenge was the Rhone Valley vs. Paso. It was fun!

The Rhône Valley was created during the last ice age as the Rhône Glacier carved its way south through what is now France. Today, the Rhône River begins in the Alps and meanders for 505 miles to the Mediterranean Sea.

THE NORTHERN RHONE is only 40 miles long and is responsible for a tiny 4-5% of all the wines from the region. The climate is ‘Continental’ – hot summers, cold winters and precipitation throughout the year. Probably the most notable feature is the steepness of the hillsides. The vineyards are terraced to keep the soil from eroding, retain the warmth of the sun and make life a little easier for the vineyard workers! 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Bordeaux vs. Paso Robles...

The Goddess of Wine was challenged to create a comparison between old and newish wine regions: Bordeaux and Paso Robles. I endeavored to provide a tasty group of wines to demonstrate the best of both worlds.

The French region of Bordeaux is the traditional home of meaty, sophisticated, age-worthy reds, whites, and dessert wines. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon thrive. Red Bordeaux can be the epitome of fine wine. The best wines exhibit a wonderful complexity of aromas and flavors, great elegance and refinement and an ability to age gracefully - some for a hundred years.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Tasting Atascadero...

The Goddess of Wine had the opportunity to lead a group of students through a blind tasting at the Fossil Wine Bar in Atascadero. This is what I told them as we tasted through the 6 wines pre-poured for them.

The world of wine tasting often seems magical and esoteric. It’s not really. And it’s easier than you think to taste wine blind. In fact, you may be already using many of the techniques that so-called experts use. There are four basic steps to tasting wine – and these can be used whether or not you’re tasting blind:

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Tournament of Roses - Drinking Pink!

Gosh, the Goddess of Wine just loves Rosé. Every year I anticipate the new releases from all over the world. I just can't wait to taste 'em! And last night, I got to share some of the tastiest with my intrepid group of wine lovers at the Morro Bay Wine Seller.

Rosé is a lot different from the sweet and insipid pink wines that were available when I first started drinking wine. Today's Rosé is crisp, dry, fruity, and delicious. Our selections were accompanied by fresh-baked goods from #JDBakes, who presented an Austrian-style "milk bread" and a French-style "biscuit rose de Reims" designed to be dipped in the wine. A #tasty evening, indeed!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Wining in Lodi...

The Goddess of Wine and JD had the opportunity to join the San Francisco Wine School for a quick and intense trip to LodiOrganized by Master Sommelier, David Glancy, and business partner, Kristen Campbell (the workhorse behind the SFWS), this trip covered what was just a small taste of Lodi wine. To make the event more special, our guide to the region was noted wine writer, sommelier, photographer, and all-around expert on Lodi, Randy Caparoso.

What touched me about Lodi, more than the delicious wines and meals our group shared, was the ethos embodied by the community of farmers and winemakers. I discovered that, what I imagined I would find, was very different from the reality of this old California wine region.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Tasting Easter and Passover Wines...

The Goddess of Wine is so lucky! I was able to show two different groups of students delicious wines to enhance their Spring festivities. Thanks to Fossil Wine Bar in Atascadero and Morro Bay Wine Seller in Morro Bay for their partnership and willingness to bring in wines for me and my acolytes! Cheers!