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Wine Time

  •  Superb pairings at Jake’s on the Lake

    By Lou Phillips on August 13, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  Regardless of the season, walking through the huge teak doors and experiencing the waterfall bar and inspirational views of Jake’s on the Lake introduces you to the nautical vibe that has kept patrons coming back for decades. Whether you are enjoying the legendary oyster bar or any of the indoor or deck dining areas, Jake’s is […]
  • Sunnyside’s cellar stands out

    By Lou Phillips on August 6, 2014
    By Lou Phillips · You can’t think of Sunnyside without thinking of the dashing guy with the big smile who has been making everyone feel like a friend since the 80s. Jeff “Ox” Oxandaboure, Sunnyside’s managing partner, is not only a great host, but also a wine lover and he takes his guest’s wine experience personally. Here is what you […]
  • Wine pairings for favorite Tahoe City eateries

    By Lou Phillips on July 30, 2014
    By Lou Phillips  ·   Matt Levitt from Tahoe Blue flashes his smile and his vodka.  · Picture yourself on a beautiful, sunny day sauntering down a tree-lined boulevard by the most beautiful lake in the world. You are at the annual Tahoe City Wine Walk, a yearly bacchanal that is one of the harbingers of summer at the North […]
  • 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 […]