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November 7, 2020 3

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Be Still, Mon Coeur

When it comes down to it, it isn’t the wine that is getting us through “this,” it’s the sharing of the wine. Whether from 15 feet apart in the back garden, or online via Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype, we still thrive by sharing a glass with friends over a meal, an appetizer, or even a bowl of popcorn. It doesn’t matter how we do it, it matters that we do it: staying connected and staying safe.

Dinners on zoom have become de rigueur in our household. No pandemic is going to stop us from spending quality time with people we love. It took time for some of our friends to get on board, feeling that a virtual experience was just that — virtual. But, in the end, it isn’t. It may be the case for business meetings or even telehealth visits, but when you can sit down and dine with friends something changes.

We dress up. We use nice linens, china, and crystal. For really special occasions, we pull out the sterling silver. It is an event in our generally dull weeks. A reason to create a special meal, open and incredible bottle of wine, and discuss... the food, the wine, the weather, ... and maybe even a little... [...]

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

October 3, 2020 4

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Alex’s Wine

Tacos and wine aren’t your average pairing. But Alex wasn’t your average young woman.

This month, my pairing is dedicated to the memory of Susan and Towny’s daughter, Alex, who died from complications from PANDAS (Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections). October is PANDAS Awareness... [...]

Off the Via Domitia

Tara Gomez
March 8, 2020 7


By the time Tara Gomez graduated from high school in 1991, she knew she wanted to be a winemaker.  In many ways, she had been preparing for that role her whole life.  But, she probably never imagined she would be making wine for her tribe, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in the American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Santa Barbara, California, or that she would also co-own a nearby winery, Camins 2 Dreams, with her wife Mireia Taribó, a winemaker, that specializes in natural wines. Dreams do... [...]

Wine Snoops

October 30, 2020 0

Cook, Drink & Learn: A Special Event

Escape the COVID doldrums with "Cook, Drink and Learn with Acquiesce," our inaugural (virtual) food and wine tasting on Sunday, November 15th at 2:00 p.m. PST/5:00 p.m. EST.

Please join Susan Tipton, Winemaker and Co-Owner of Acquiesce Winery, David Scott Allen, Editor of Cocoa & Lavender and wine and food writer for Provence WineZine, and me for an hour of food and wine fun (and a few facts!).  

Beginning with a cook-along with David, we will make Mini Croques... [...]

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