Welcoming Autumn with Food and Wine

I notice a huge shift in my food preferences when the weather changes. Ice cream and cold foods are no longer that appealing. My tastes turn to spices, heat and autumn flavors, like pumpkin, apple and squash. Hearty vegetable stews … Continue reading

Discovering Umami, the Fifth Taste Sensation

No, Virginia, umami isn’t the name of Cal’s new defensive strategy. Instead, umami is the fifth taste sensation, along with sweet, sour, bitter and salty. The word dates back to 1908, when Kikunae Ikeda, the creator of monosodium glutamate (MSG), … Continue reading

Pairing Wine with Ducks and Bears

Sept. 21, 2013 The 2012 Cal-Oregon game was not a very happy one (although my dog Cody was featured as the pet of the week!). But hopefully you enjoyed some wonderful wine and duck pairings. Last year, I highlighted intowine.com’s recommendations for … Continue reading

Exploring Ohio Wine

Our game this week gives us an excuse to explore the little known sparkling Catawba wine of Ohio. This wine, and the grape with the same name, figured prominently in the history of American wine making. During the early to mid-19th … Continue reading

Pairing Wine with Duck

November 10, 2012 Today’s game is not likely to be a pretty one. But the meal beforehand can and should be. If you are feasting on Oregon duck, you will be happy to know that duck pairs well with many … Continue reading

Pairing Wine with Halloween Candy

How many of you will be munching on Halloween candy while watching the Bears beat the Huskies tonight? We did a little bit of wine and candy pairing on Halloween, and here’s what we came up with. The wines: Muscat … Continue reading

Lateral Wine for the Play’s 30th Anniversary

Oct. 20, 2012 Happy Big Game Day!!! Happy 30th anniversary of The Play!!! I was looking for a wine that would be appropriate for commemorating The Play, and I cam across something WINEderful: Lateral Wine!!! Is that amazing or what? … Continue reading

Wine Serving Temperatures

Happy Game Day Bears! So today’s game is a night game. Does that mean it’s time to bring out the red wines? I hope so! Whether you drink white wine or red wine before and after (and during) tonight’s game, … Continue reading

Wines to Pair with Southwestern Cuisine

It’s Saturday morning Bears! Since we’re playing a team from the spicy state of AZ, today’s focus is on wines that pair well with Southwestern cuisine. You might be somebody who reaches for a beer at the very mention of … Continue reading

Wines for Television Game Days

Oct. 13, 2012 Happy Game Day Bears! As we get ready to beat the Cougars tonight, it’s time to think about what wines will go best with a game that we watch on television. Here are a few suggestions that … Continue reading