Archive for the ‘wine’ Category

Bottled Poetry

Posted by melissa kandel on December 28, 2017 in wine | 9 Comments

A few months ago, my friends at Rafiki Creative asked if I’d like to script the voice over for a video they were producing to showcase a high-end winery in Napa Valley and its intricate wine-making process. I agreed, almost immediately, because 1. WINE and 2. WINE. Also, script writing has long been an endeavor […]

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Vinemark Cellars: For the Love of Wine

Posted by melissa kandel on May 14, 2017 in wine | 6 Comments

I’ve long thought that if you’re going to attend a wine festival wearing a shirt that says “Fifty Shades of Grape” then yes, of course I’d want to ask you questions about your wine. (And also how you got to be so awesome and also if the shirt comes in my size.) This very scenario came […]

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EB Winery: From Backyard Hobby to Boutique Brand

Posted by melissa kandel on May 4, 2017 in drink, Interview, wine | No Comments

I saw the brochure before I sipped the wine. It was a thin and narrow thing, glossy, with a dark, black background and it sat inconspicuously on the edge of the EB Winery booth at the California Wine Festival in Dana Point, CA. A few words, printed with clean font along the bottom-left corner, read: “Follow our dream […]

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California Wine Festival: Legend of the Local Grape

There’s always a palpable tension when attending any wine festival that’s equal parts intimidating and exhilarating. Will you say something weird about the legs of the wine and have to run to an entirely different section of the festival because of that weird thing you just said? Will you bump into a man wearing a […]

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Pasta with Basil & Chives in Jalapeño Red Wine Reduction Sauce

Posted by melissa kandel on December 7, 2016 in #lwsblogchallenge, drink, food, wine | No Comments

My Winter Flu Soup was such an unexpected hit, I figured it’s only right to keep the food trend going with a hearty pasta dish. Make no holiday mistake about it, this is a wintry meal and it’s made to be enjoyed in your coziest wool socks and old, soft sweatshirt as you twirl the delicate strands […]

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Wine Wednesday: A Q&A with Goldschmidt Vineyard’s Winemaker

Posted by melissa kandel on November 17, 2016 in drink, travel, wine | No Comments

[Image via Goldschmidt Vineyard’s Facebook Page] On Wednesday, we wine. And what better way to celebrate the mid-week vino-casion (yep, made that word up right now) than by asking Nick Goldschmidt, winemaker at Goldschmidt Vineyards, a winery in the rolling hillside of Northern California, all about wine, his world travels, the vineyards of Napa Valley and […]

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Adelaida Vineyards & Winery: Grape Expectations in Paso Robles, CA

Posted by melissa kandel on October 22, 2016 in drink, food, wine | No Comments

[Image via Adelaida.com] Like the pearl inside an oyster shell made from rugged, Central California terrain, Adelaida Vineyards & Winery is a treasure found amidst the peaks and valleys of the Santa Lucia mountain range. Except this pearl sparkles in shades of grape across 168 acres of sun-kissed vineyards. For 35 years, Adelaida has been bottling Petit Sirahs […]

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We Believe Wines Bottle Faith, Family and Freedom

Posted by melissa kandel on October 15, 2016 in food, Interview, wine | 1 Comment

It was a curious place to meet. Not because the place itself was curious—an old, Irish bar in Newport Beach that appeared just as deeply green, darkly wooded and Celtic-ly spirited as you’d expect—but because the topic at hand was so very American, it felt almost unpatriotic to be discussing it at a pub with […]

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Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival: A First Timer’s Tale

Posted by melissa kandel on October 12, 2016 in drink, food, wine | 2 Comments

“Unless you want me to pour the wine into your hands, you’ll probably need a glass.”  The man speaking was tall, though not uncommonly so, with light gray hair slicked back in one fell swoop from his forehead. He wore a red polo shirt, khaki pants and while his eyes were kind, he had the distinct […]

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Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival: A Preview

Posted by melissa kandel on October 1, 2016 in drink, food, Newport Beach, things to do, travel, wine | No Comments

[Photo Credit: PencilBoxPhoto.com] It started, as most good stories do, on a Monday. The day was clear and bright (or so, in my recollection of this memory I’d like to think), and there I was, walking my dog along a particular stretch of pavement by my local Balboa Peninsula supermarket. In my ears, John Mayer’s “Queen of California.” […]

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