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Adventures with Wine and Cheese

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Adventures with Wine and Cheese

  The package arrived unceremoniously at my front door—6 bottles of wine from Plume Ridge Bottle Shop with a note from Wine Buyer, Monica Yu, “This is for your article about the right way to pair wine with cheese and a lovely Holiday Cheese spread as prepared by Patty Lyn.” Challenge accepted.  I’d be crazy not to take advantage of this situation. There was one, inconsequential hiccup ... I am not a cheese expert, so I immediately did 2 things: Jumped on the internet Called my French friends Google is a large, lonely intimidating place for a culinary excursion. However,...

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At Long Last: American Holiday Wine Pairings

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At Long Last: American Holiday Wine Pairings

  Thanksgiving is just around the corner, followed by the trifecta of winter holidays: Hanukkah (12/18-12/26), Christmas and New Year’s Eve. With the addition of Kwanzaa (12/26 - 1/1/23), the season of gratitude, gift-giving and feasting is upon us. Many holiday hosts are scouring the internet for new takes on traditional recipes — and the best wines to highlight those dishes.How did the United States — a country founded by Pilgrims and molded by Puritans—beget a series of harvest and yuletide celebrations so closely associated with the enjoyment of wine?It turns out that early Americans were, in fact, not teetotallers...

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Land of Sea and Fog: The Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Growing Region

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Land of Sea and Fog: The Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Growing Region

 Photo Credit: Clos de la Tech The Santa Cruz Mountains AVA is perched atop the Peninsula Ridge overlooking the land of Google, Facebook, Apple and venture capitalists known as Silicon Valley. To the west, its steep slopes fall away to some of the most rugged portions of the San Mateo county coastline. The region stretches to the south above coastal surf towns on the coast and peeks over at inland ag towns in the Santa Clara Valley. In short, it’s enormous. With a total size of 322,000 acres, it is the largest California AVA.  The AVA was established at the...

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Lesser Known, But Stars At Home

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Lesser Known, But Stars At Home

  Dive into Plume Ridge Bottle Shop’s cellars and you’ll find a number of hidden gem varietals that are beloved in their growing region and worth tasting. For whatever reason, these grape varietals and the wines made from them have not yet received the fandom of recent wine pop stars such as Pinot Grigio, Shiraz and Rosé. Fame is on the event horizon…as many of these varieties grace the wine list at top restaurants. To know these wines is to love them as the locals do.   Assyrtiko: (ah-seer-tiko) If you don’t have the drachmas to visit the Greek isles,...

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5 Fast Facts: Chardonnay

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5 Fast Facts: Chardonnay

5 Fast Facts: Countdown these facts from 5 (commonly known), to 1 (geek level), with frequent Plume Ridge Bottle Shop blog writer, Patty Lyn Tweten. Find out how much you know about Chardonnay — the grape, the wine, the phenomenon. Check out our Chardonnay selection here.   5. It is ubiquitous: Chardonnay is everywhere and grown in every continent except Antarctica. The biggest producer is France—also its origin—with 126,000 acres under cultivation. The US, currently in second place with 106,000 acres, momentarily took the lead in the late 1980’s worldwide Chardonnay boom. In the 1990s, Chardonnay became a victim of...

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