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Wine Time

  • Nine41 offers Alpine comfort food

    By Lou Phillips on July 23, 2014
    By Lou Phillips  ·   As a long time North Shore resident, I was excited to see the makeover of the former Stanley’s in Incline Village. Now the home to Nine41 Eatery and Bar, the al fresco dining on the deck and cozy interior bar and dining room welcomes guests looking for a glass of wine and a hearty bite […]
  • Pianeta Tuscan charmer in Truckee

    By Lou Phillips on July 16, 2014
    By Lou Phillips  ·   Given the rustic Western vibe of commercial row in Truckee, you would have no idea that a visit to Tuscany is just a step through the doorway of Restaurant Pianeta. From the sight of the Tuscan cellar motif, to the aromas of creative Italian fare wafting through the room, you are transported to Italy. Owners […]
  • Incline Spirits North Shore gem

    By Lou Phillips on July 9, 2014
    By Lou Phillips  ·   Nestled under the pines a block from the beach in Incline Village sits a wine shop worth a visit. Owners Will and Amy Brigham are passionate wine collectors and the shop selections reflects this. Their staff receives a high level of ongoing training with three of their team members having achieved Level 1 Sommelier status. […]
  • Wine & dine with a view at Christy Hill

    By Lou Phillips on July 2, 2014
    By Lou Phillips  ·   A visit to Christy Hill restaurant has delivered the Tahoe experience for more than 25 years. Regulars and new guests alike enjoy sweeping vistas and the gracious welcome from manager and North Shore icon Oscar Havens (who holds a Level 1 Sommelier Certification) that sets the stage for the wine and dine experience that awaits. […]
  • Garagiste wines

    By Barbara Keck on June 25, 2014
    By Barbara Keck ·  Owner Kate Dubost What is a garagiste winery? The term often refers to folks who make wines in a garage, as they begin winemaking. There is a growing movement in California, primarily based in the Paso Robles area, of garagiste wineries. The term originated in the Bordeaux region of France to “denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, […]
  • Wine Country wedding

    By Barbara Keck on June 18, 2014
    By Barbara Keck ·  June is a wedding time of year, and the younger generation of 20- and 30-somethings plans many of their weddings at wineries. Apart from the main event, winery weddings provide an aspect that everyone enjoys: wine tastings and drinking. My first experience of a wine country wedding was a few weeks ago when the Canadian side […]
  • Sauvignon Blanc from around the world

    By Barbara Keck on June 11, 2014
    By Barbara Keck ·   It’s not like we really need a special day to enjoy Sauvignon Blanc, but the wine industry designated one recently. And, so we gathered an interesting selection of Sauvignon Blanc from various wine regions of the world, and proceeded to taste them. I started with a Sancerre, which has long been my favorite white wine […]
  • First Class wines

    By Barbara Keck on June 4, 2014
    By Barbara Keck   I had to beg and borrow air miles in order to upgrade my ticket to First Class for a recent trip I took to Ethiopia. That journey is about 18 hours of flying time, not including changing planes in Heathrow, London, and hanging around San Francisco International for the obligatory three-hour check-in time. That’s my old-lady […]
  • Taste of Africa in your glass

    By Barbara Keck on May 21, 2014
    Five years ago, I went to South Africa to learn about South African wines. From my efficiency apartment in downtown Stellenbosch, I was in a great position to visit the wine region of the Cape area. So many good wines. And sadly, at that time, so many of these good wines did not make it to the West Coast of […]
  • Spring wine tasting in Nevada County

    By Barbara Keck on May 7, 2014
    Brenda Taylor of Sierra Knolls Winery Spring has sprung, and tasting rooms are opening their doors a bit longer now. There are many opportunities to taste the fine wines of the Sierra foothills, and some of the most interesting opportunities are less than an hour away. The wineries of Nevada County beckon, and we were primed for more tastes by […]