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Saturday
Aug082009

Mayor Gavin Newsom kicks off SF Chefs.Food.Wine.

 



Off the Vine attended the opening of the first annual SF Chefs.Food.Wine event in Union Square. Here Mayor Newsom talks about cultural diversity, culinary history and what makes San Francisco one of the best food towns in the world. Top Chefs Jamie Lauren, Hubert Keller and TV Food Network personality Tyler Florence, Gary Danko and many others are on hand.

 

Wednesday
Aug052009

2007 Pharaoh Moans Syrah - Paso Robles, Ca

Broad shouldered and living large is one way to describe this juicy Syrah. Loads of dark fruit, white pepper and smoke. A core of balanced acidity and tannins… French oak, fruit, fruit, and more fruit! A modern “cult” wine from Paso’s west side, near the Templeton Gap. Crafted by winemaker Stephan Asseo, the ‘07 is a blend of 92% Syrah and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. Only 300 cases were produced. Eye popping price! To get on the mailing list, log on to the website.

price: $185.99
drink: 2009 through 2014
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Wednesday
Aug052009

Acadia: A Slice of New Orleans in Portland, Ore

By: Laura Sabo  Journey east through the Fremont neighborhood in NE Portland, slow down when you get to the corner of 13th and Fremont, and you’ll find Acadia, a gem of a restaurant serving the epitome of New Orleans cuisine. Lunch is served only on Wednesdays and has legions of fans, so get there early or make reservations in advance. Acadia is small in size but big in the flavor factor. Walk through the door and the aromatic scents of spices will take you right down Bourbon Street, sans the beads.

Staycation is the buzz word of the summer, so if you are sticking around town, save yourself a trip to the Big Easy if you are a fan of Cajun or Creole fare. Even if you aren’t a Southern fare groupie, you’ll soon become one. Read more

Friday
Jul312009

2005 Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa

A celebrated Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has made a comeback in recent years. The 2005 possesses notes of cedar, nutmeg, dark cherry confit, and fennel. 7% Merlot. 20 months in mostly French and American oak. The fruit is sourced from the Rutherford bench in the center of Napa Valley. - JM for OTV

price: $115.00
drink: 2009 through 2016
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Wednesday
Jul292009

2004 Smith-Madrone - Cabernet Sauvignon - Spring Mountain, Napa

Had a chance to taste this outstanding mountain Cabernet from Charles and Stuart Smith. Powerful, and yet understated, the wine truly expresses its unique terroir. Great soft fruit with notes of wild black cherry, violets and cigar box. Fine grained sweet tannins lend to the appeal. The wine was aged for 22 months in new American oak cooperage and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. It is a steal at just $45.00 in today’s marketplace.

price: $45.00
drink: 2009 through 2020
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Friday
Jul172009

Ping – The Latest from the Owner of Pok Pok

By: Laura Sabo  Heading to our usual favorite Portland China Town haunt,Good Taste, my husband and I saw the sign for Ping. Being the adventurous sort, we looked at each other and said, let’s try it. Opened last February, Ping is the latest creation from the owner of Portland’s beloved Pok Pok.

Since we had tasted the delicacies that Pok Pok has to offer, how could this be bad? Read more 

Friday
Jul172009

2006 Belle Vallée Pinot Noir - Willamette Valley, Ore

Dark blueberry, black raspberry and notes of cherry and loamy soil and earth. Fine grained tannins, somewhat smokey through to the finish. Quite elegant for the price.

price: $24.00
drink: 2009 through 2010
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