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New Recipe: Coq au Vin!

by David on November 20, 2008

Mmmm… with smoked applewood bacon, mushrooms, shallots, fresh herbs, lots of wine…  Just thinking about the Coq au Vin makes me ravenous! Yes, it’s comfort-food time as the days get shorter and shorter and the nights colder and colder. And, Colleen has come up with her own special take on a classic –  the perfect […]


I hope some of you enjoyed the great menu that Colleen, our proprietor, created for Mother’s Day. In the interest of equal time, she’s developed yet, another, incredible menu to treat David for Father’s Day. This one has an Italian theme! She managed to put together four dishes that are all delicious with our Zinfandel! […]


Colleen’s Special Mother’s Day Menu

by David on May 2, 2008

If you don’t know Colleen, or at least her recipes, you really should! She’s always in the kitchen coming up with something new and delicious. She knows we’re all busy, so she keeps it simple, yummy and always tests each recipe personally. And, she and David painstakingly 😉 take the time to taste and make […]


8 Hours On Olive Oil…

by David on July 23, 2007

My Mom laughed when I told her I was going to an all-day olive oil symposium. At that moment I didn’t notice because I was too busy chirping on and on about how the speakers would include experts from the University of Florence, Milan, our own University of California at Davis, Darrell Corti, a crack […]


He “Hates Wine and Food Pairing”?

by David on July 11, 2007

Well, it’s a fun read, as always with St. Vini, but I don’t entirely agree with this post or think he’s helping anyone this time. I’m OK with his big picture: “Don’t get hung up on these silly notions of wines and food being required to go perfectly together. Open a bottle of something tasty […]


Open That Bottle Night?

by David on February 27, 2007

I feel so totally out of the loop. Within a one-week span I received an “Ask Our Educator” question about what to serve with our Sparkling Rosé© on “Open That Bottle Night” (OTBN) and some delightful people who came for a tour said they were thinking of bringing a bottle of 1997 Howell Mountain Cab […]


Super Bowl Sunday: Junk Food and Wine-O-Rama!

by David on February 1, 2007

Well, it may not be all-American yet but, as Beau said, before long it could be that hot dogs and wine will be as American as apple pie (and wine) 😉 So, what to have with your junk-food binge on the big day? Well, here I am to give you the same old advice. When […]


NVWR® 34 – Valentine’s Day Indulgences

by David on January 23, 2007

Enjoy a little background on St. Valentine, how we came to name a holiday for him, and prepare for a sumptuous celebration with a special Valentine’s Day menu from Colleen’s Kitchen. As a special Valentine’s Day treat we’re pleased to offer our Sparkling Rose for just $20.00 a bottle. Please call us toll-free at (800) […]


Q: Which Wine with Burgers?

by David on January 11, 2007

Question from Jackie: What goes good with burgers? Answer: Hi, Jackie! Thanks for writing! Yours is kind of a tricky question because hamburgers are prepared so many different ways. I’m always in favor of a fairly full-bodied red with my burger. Zinfandel, Merlot or Syrah are good choices. Grilled foods gain a lot of flavor […]


Le Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrivé!

by David on November 16, 2006

It’s the third Thursday of November! They’re here! Wine that was fruit on the vine a couple of months ago is bottled and ready to drink! I’ve always been dazzled by the accomplishment, probably more than the wine itself. Oh, I’ll pick up a few bottles to be sure. It’s so fruity and charming, just […]