• The Magic of Penfolds

    The Magic of Penfolds

    We have both been long time fans of Penfolds. We first experienced Penfolds from a random buy at K&L Wines in San Francisco. We immediately fell in love with the wine. It was Bin 389, their Cabernet / Shiraz blend. Lots of jammy flavors, think lots of blackberries and plums. Without much hesitation we decided…

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  • A Weekend in Paso Robles

    A Weekend in Paso Robles

    When you think of California wine, you often go to Napa or Sonoma. And given it’s proximity to the Bay Area, it’s the one we always visited when we lived there. But that has finally changed. This past weekend we drove up to Paso Robles with our dog Remy and spent a hot but relaxing…

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  • A closer look at Bordeaux’s First Growths

    There’s no doubt that 2020 has been an eventful year. And at times a complete rollercoaster. But part of me can’t believe that it’s almost December, and almost the end of the year. Thinking back of all the wines we’ve had over the last year, I can’t help but think how fortunate we have been,…

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  • Pinot Noirs we’ll be drinking this holiday season

    I realized that this year I’ve bought and consumed a lot more Pinot Noirs than before. Not sure if it’s because of my recent fascination with Burgundy or just the fact that I love fruity but powerful wines, but we’ve had some lovely Pinots this year. Most of the folks I know often reach for…

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  • Thanksgiving Wines

    Thanksgiving Wines

    For some the challenge of bringing wines to your Thanksgiving day dinner is exciting, knowing what to pair with what can be fun. And for others it can be a stressful time, not knowing where to start! So I thought I’d put together a list of options ranging from wines to start and wines to…

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  • Wine Bars in Japan

    Wine Bars in Japan

    A few weeks ago I took my dad on a trip to Japan to watch the Rugby World Cup, specifically 4 of the South African matches. We sadly lost the opening game against New Zealand, but luckily it all ended very well with South Africa winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup! Happy days! We spent…

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  • Food of Italy

    Food of Italy

    I love food! Everything we ate in Italy was amazing but I will only be talking about the ones that Jarques and I found completely mesmerizing. As I sit and write this post, I find my mind drifting back to those restaurants and tearing up wishing I could pop by there for a quick bite.…

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  • Exploring the wines of Tuscany

    Over the past two weeks, my wife and I traveled through a few parts of Italy. We decided to break up our trip between Rome, Florence and San Gimignano, with most of our time spent in SG to take day trips to different parts within Tuscany. Our time in Rome felt pretty productive given the…

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  • Ritual of Coffee

    Ritual of Coffee

    I’m often asked why I spend so much time making my morning cup of coffee. Why I measure, pre-infuse, wait, pour, and consume. It’s not only a matter of making the best possible cup of coffee so I can get my day started. But it’s a way of starting my day out on a productive…

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  • Great Wines of Italy, 2019

    This past weekend my wife and I attended Great Wines of Italy hosted by James Suckling. This event is part of a series to bring some of the best Italian wines to the US for people to explore. And I believe an opportunity of restaurant owners or other supplies to find more wines to bring…

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