Month: July 2014

Location, location, location…East Fork Cellars nailed it.

This past Saturday night we spent a relaxed summer evening listening to live jazz at East Fork Cellars, perfectly situated in the middle of all the downtown Vancouver action in […]

The customer service at Cellar 55 Tasting Room saves the day…or the evening.

Last Thursday a girlfriend and I went to a continuing ed class that was supposed to be a light-hearted class answering the question “Did people drink during prohibition?” Although we […]

A walk down memory lane led us to The Portland Bottle Shop

When I was 16 my first real job (aside from babysitting) was pumping gas at an ARCO in Sellwood, Oregon. It was a terrific summer job for a 16-year-old girl […]

Pinot Grigio, Crespelle and Cannoli on the veranda

The other night our dining experience had my husband and me reminiscing about a near-and-dear-to-us restaurant that closed suddenly and left us rather lost with our Italian cravings. Since 1957 Sylvia’s […]

African-Style stewed kale paired with wonderful local blend

The weather has cooled down (thank goodness) and it doesn’t seem crazy to use the stovetop at the moment so I went back to that kale website and made the […]

Kale Salad paired with an Albariῆo wine

The recent heat wave really left me scratching my head about what to eat for dinner. Who wants to cook even if you are fortunate enough to have central air […]

Fresh marionberry crisp a la mode paired with marionberry port from Hood River

Our marionberry patch is exploding this year so we made a crisp last week to pair with vanilla ice cream when some friends came for dinner. Below is the recipe […]

Lots of live music to accompany wine this weekend

Looking ahead: July 19 - Cottonwood Winery of Oregon will host its 1st annual Library Wines Night tasting and sales with winemaker, Aaron Lieberman, from 7-10 pm. Aaron is in business […]

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc is my favorite Sauv Blanc to date

I’ve been on a Sauvignon Blanc kick lately but, to be fair, it’s the weather. 80, 85 and 95 degree days have been our recent norm and near futures so […]

Celebrating the six month anniversary of our pups – Challenge and Baby Girl

Six months ago today my husband and I adopted two deaf and sight-impaired dogs from the SW Washington Humane Society that were estimated to be about five years old. They […]

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