Pizza Throwing in the Livermore Valley

Several weeks ago I was contacted by Russ who wanted me to help him celebrate his wife, Beth’s, birthday by teaching her how to throw pizza dough.  Russ told me that he and his wife were pizza lovers and found great joy in making pizza at home.  The one thing that was missing from […]

McGrail Release Party

With the children coming home from camp this afternoon Rachel and I still had a couple of hours of adult time. The night before, I heard that McGrail Vineyard was having a release party for their 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. I had heard about the McGrail release parties and they were supposed to be phenomenal.


End of Tax Season 2009 and Other Triumphs!

Wow – what a great, productive, fun day.  Anyone who knows me wouldn’t think that I would use all of those adjectives in one “title” on April 15th.  The past few months have been full of challenges AND opportunities.  The challenges lie within the realm of tax *work* – what a different year this has been […]

Musings On Wine From Other Countries

Santa Ana Reserve 2008 Torrontes Mendoza

I know that in a recent post, I had expressed apprehensions of trying wines from other countries.  It’s mostly due to ignorance on my part, I am sure. I really don’t have the experience to know what regions or types of grapes make great wine in other parts of […]