Beaune Again: Pinot Noir in San Juan Bautista

Life is a recursive circle. We are given our genetic or karmic marching orders, it would seem, as some sort of holographic imprint, a model we follow, and we follow it over and over again, like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, until the end of our days. Maybe, with luck, in each successive iteration, we are able to interpret and act on this internal siren song with ever-greater skill and insight. Read more and join the conversation...

The Hall of Fame: My CIA Connection

It was just about a month ago (March 13th to be precise) that I was inducted into the Vintner’s Hall of Fame at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, CA. (Dramatic pause here, to let the irony sink in.) I confess that as much as I seek approbation from my peers – perhaps even to a neurotic degree – I often do have some problems in graciously accepting it when it is actually proffered. So, this particular honor has been a real tough one for me. Read more and join the conversation...




Pie Ranch 10 year Anniversary Farm Dinner
September 12, 2015

2080 Cabrillo Highway
Pescadero, CA 94060

The ever inspiring Pie Ranch is celebrating 10 years of sustainable farming and education!  Join us for a true community event including a fabulous farm dinner created by Pie Ranch's own, David Stockhausen and the award winning Google Culinary Team.

Arrive by 3pm for a farm tour followed by dinner at 5:30pm and barnyard dancing at 8pm.  Fun for the whole family.

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2009 Le Cigare Volant RéserveElective Affinities

"Brilliant matchings of wine & literature"

CIGARE of the FUTURE | pg 253
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