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Nothing scores higher on the intensity meter than syrah. A great syrah will entice with its notes of fruit, spice, and textures. As such, syrahs pair terrifically with meats from beef and lamb to pork, game, and tuna. It pays to play up syrah’s spice with use of aromatics like garlic and alliums, peppercorns and

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While it’s always a treat to go out to dinner, Valentine’s Day is one of the few nights that I’d prefer to stay in. Sometimes the prix-fixe menus and forced romantic atmosphere can feel stuffy. Staying in can still be a major indulgence with the right ingredients…I plan on trying the following menu this Thursday (thanks, Martha!):

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The great American holiday of Thanksgiving is a mere two weeks away. Cathedral Ridge Winery has put together a holiday package of six bottles that have been especially selected for their compatibility with Thanksgiving fare. Herewith, a few recipes to inspire your planning and pairing… Baked Brie with Pecans to pair with CRW 2011 Riesling Herb-marinated cheese to

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Blackberries are wildly abundant in September. In Hood River, one could easily fill a basket while walking through almost any neighborhood. I recently discovered the ultimate fall trifecta (blackberries! chocolate! Cabernet!) in the form of these perfectly grown-up cupcakes.  The recipe only calls for a 1/2 c of Cabernet, so you’ll want to enjoy a glass while

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The past several weeks have been Chanterelle mushroom season here in the Pacific Northwest, and those who know of a prime picking spot guard the secret with their lives. We happen to know of such a spot, where the Chanterelles are plentiful enough to fill large baskets if you hit it at the right time.

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Rosé is a beautiful wine to enjoy throughout the year, but it is often associated with the warmer months.  The Cathedral Ridge Rosé is done in the drier, Alsation-style with lower alcohol.  The 2010 Rosé carries pleasant floral notes but offers more body, and a crisp, dry finish.  Flavors of pear and grapefruit hit lightly on the palate, making

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Cathedral Ridge Winery has two new releases available, 2010 Rose and 2010 Pinot Gris, both of which pair brilliantly with Shellfish and Potatoes a la Mariniere (via Bon Appetit).  The potatoes and freshly steamed mussels tossed in a light sauce of dry white wine (use the same wine you’re drinking–you’ll taste the difference), butter, and parsley is the

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We’ve always preferred to stay in on Valentine’s Day.  I would happily go out on the 13th or 15th, but there’s something odd about being out for a “romantic evening,” when everyone around you is doing the same thing.  That said, it’s still fun to go all out while staying in, and I’ve planned the menu: Steak with

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I recently discovered farro kale soup at a wonderful restaurant in Portland called Luce.  I couldn’t wait to try it at home, which I did this evening.  I made a soup base with about 1/3 cup of olive oil (from Ovino for those in the Gorge), a couple of medium onions, a carrot, and a single celery stalk–all

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Going out on a Friday night has a certain allure; it feels like a mini-holiday that comes around every seven days. This past Friday, however, a torrential downpour outside and a crackling fire inside were more than enough incentive to keep me in for the night. With fresh diver scallops from the market and a

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