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Wine Time

  • California wines shine at Gar Woods

    By Lou Phillips on April 8, 2015
    By Lou Phillips · Enjoy great food, gracious service and amazing vistas at Gar Woods · On the shore of Carnelian Bay stands an icon that pays respect to a history of marinas, boat races and the grand resort that was the Cornelian Bay Hotel (original spelling), of the 1800s. This area is also known for one Mr. Garfield Woods, […]
  • New tricks up Charlie’s sleeves

    By Lou Phillips on March 11, 2015
    By Lou Phillips ·   Charlie Soule’s story: Lifelong Tahoe resident kicks around local restaurants to make some cake as a kid. Leaves for college, but realizes his heart will always be at the North Shore. Returns home, resumes restaurant work, and then something funny happens. He puts together Mom’s 50th birthday gala and his uncle has an epiphany, “This […]
  • Restaurant Trokay sets a high bar

    By Lou Phillips on February 25, 2015
    By Lou Phillips · What do The French Laundry, Alinea and a little ol’ restaurant in Truckee have in common? Multicourse tasting menus of renown, and executive chef-owners with world-class resumes. John and Nina Weatherson started Trokay in 2011 with a vision “To offer cuisine characterized by esoteric ingredients, deep and soulful flavors, textural complexity, and the constant pursuit of […]
  • Another side of Moody’s

    By Lou Phillips on February 11, 2015
    By Lou Phillips · Server extraordinaire Giancarlo “GC” Pelligrino · Moody’s in Truckee has always lived up to its tagline of Bistro, Bar and Beats and all three are delivered with a side of panache. We will leave the Bar and Beats for another time, and focus on the much deserving Bistro and its wine program. Venture through the velvet […]
  • Wines paired with American tapas

    By Lou Phillips on January 28, 2015
    By Lou Phillips  ·  Bite American Tapas in Incline Village · Since 2007, locals and in-the-know visitors have made Bite! in Incline Village one of the most popular spots on the North Shore. It has the décor, atmosphere, small plates, and, yes, the vino that attracts people looking for a night out. Enter through the red velvet curtain and you […]
  • Stellar wines at River Grill

    By Lou Phillips on January 14, 2015
    By Lou Phillips   The River Grill Across from Fanny Bridge in Tahoe City lies the River Grill, where an up-and-coming wine program matches its seasonal food menu. In warmer months, there is great al-fresco dining on the deck. Inside, you will find an inviting bar and dining area offering serene views of the Truckee River. A great way of […]
  • Your passport to affordable wines

    By Lou Phillips on December 30, 2014
    By Lou Phillips   Shelly Fadness and Patty McCaffery pouring the 2012 Estancia cab.   What would you do if there was a local event with creative specialties from local food wizards matched with wines from the world over? What if this Bacchanal cost as little as $35 per person and benefitted local causes? You’d go, of course. Passport to […]
  • Holiday gift wines

    By Lou Phillips on December 17, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  A rare, 1 liter of 2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon. Elisa Chapman at Uncorked in Tahoe City with the NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose Champagne. It is gift-giving season. The time when wine writers are supposed to wax poetically about new gadgets for removing corks, or the newest edition of this or that wine bible. Poppycock, what your […]
  • Bordeaux by the numbers

    By Lou Phillips on December 3, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  A 1982 Chateau Patache d’Aux from Cru Bourgeois ·  One region in France has been considered the crown jewel of the wine world for centuries. Two river banks, the left (west) bank is ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon, and the right (east) bank is ideal for Merlot. Two also is the number of varietals in almost every […]
  • Non-traditional pairings for Thanksgiving

    By Lou Phillips on November 19, 2014
    By Lou Phillips ·  Courtesy Airfield Estates Winery ·    Turkey, football, pumpkin blessed pie, yes, yes, yes. The usual suspect wines – no, no, no. For Plymouth Rock’s sake, let’s try something different this year, a new wine direction that may change the way you see holidays, and wine-food pairings forever. So, come along on this Magical Mystery Tour. […]