Celebrate Peanut Butter Fudge Day!

This is the USA, and we have a day celebrating nearly everything, including Peanut Butter Fudge.  So in honor of National Peanut Butter Fudge Day, here is a great recipe and the story of how it came to be a family favorite back in 1986. That autumn, John’s paternal grandmother traveled with John, myself, Robby […]

Visiting the Thomas George Estates Winery

Part of my Mother’s Day Sonoma “Champagne and More” Wine Tasting Trip was a stop at the Thomas George Estates Winery.  The drive to the winery winds through beautiful woods fresh with country air (versus air that comes from living at the junction of 580 & 680), roadside blooms and birdsong. Upon our arrival, my […]

Visiting a New Wine Region

Until 2015, I had never visited Lodi, California.  As one of our (okay, my) new year’s resolutions, my husband, John, and I put a trip to Lodi on our calendar.  Being both exceptionally smart and extremely good friends, Laura and Bill decided to accompany us. Since none of us had tasted in Lodi before and […]

Just Another Monday Night

Good friends, Cliff & Katie, brought over a bottle of Limited Edition Chandon California Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine and a bottle of Lamarca Prosecco last weekend.  We got busy liberating reds from the wine frig and neglected to pop the cork on the sparklings. If you have not yet seen the Limited Edition of […]

Rubino & Bocce — A Perfect Pairing

Laura and Bill are godparents to our children, Brian and Delaynie, while Robby is watched over by the United Church of Christ congregation in Redfield, South Dakota.  John’s Uncle Paul was pastor there for many, many years and baptized Robby in his arms at their fount. 24 years later Uncle Paul married Robby and Sarah […]

Wine Frig Pleasure

On Saturday, some of us met up at Tracy’s shooting range, donned eye and ear protection, and experienced the magic of fragmenting paper targets. Very fun afternoon. To transition into evening fun, Delaynie heated Beef Dip (family fave!) and arranged a cheese and salami tray. John constructed chicken, beef, and veggie kabobs for the barbie. […]

Celebrating Wente’s 130th Vintage

Saturday, June 28th, John and I headed over to Wente ‘s 130th Vintage Celebration.  There have been many changes since we last visited Wente Family Estates on Tesla Road.  A bocce ball court is ready for play and beyond is a lawn with adirondack chairs and picnic tables.  It was delightful to see the older […]

Father’s Day, Many Ways to Celebrate

The third Sunday of June is dedicated to celebrating Dads.  Livermore Valley has an abundance of activities and gifts perfect to make any dad’s day a perfect day.  So whether you want to treat your father to presents via UPS, a day full of your presence, or something in between, here are a few ideas. […]

Bearnaise Sauce

Bearnaise Sauce 37 years ago this month, John and I were married.  (Yes, the groomsmen stylishly wore baby blue tuxes.)  One of the wedding gifts that has been most used over the years is the cookbook, Joy of Cooking, a bastion of clear instructions for mostly complicated cooking.  The 2 most prepared recipes in my […]

Another Excellent Day in Livermore Valley

Sarah wanted to meet to talk about her coaching individuals through the 21-Day Fix (which she successfully followed to look drop-dead gorgeous for Delaynie’s 21st birthday celebration in Las Vegas).  What better place to meet than Ruby Hill Winery‘s Gem Member Patio?!  Needless to say, Sarah and I insisted on starting with Ruby Hill’s NV […]

Quick Chicken Saute

Great wine should always be paired with great food. Here is a recipe for chicken and rice that is a favorite at our house. Quick, delicious and so easy that even John can execute it! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Quick Chicken Saute over Rice  (Serves 2) Start cooking the rice.  […]