Kuma Inn

The first week of the New Year is the slowest one for restaurants. We eat out then to show support and take advantage of the lower crowd levels. We also wanted to ring in the year with a toast to one of our all-time favorite wine makers Tony Coturri. We made our way...

The “Grey House” Garden, Part 2: Arugula

It worked. Seeds were planted. They sprouted. And today, the novice gardener ate her first pick of the season. OK, for many of you out there, this is far less than a miracle. After all, humans have been growing food for around 12,000 years. But remember, I’m a child...

Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray and Artisanal Cheeses

Vouvray is like the girl with the Scarlett Johansson sweetness, Bette Davis wit, and knockdown Grace Kelly beauty that made all the boys in high school too dumbfounded to ever ask out (except for the dumb jocks, who’d never get a yes). Vouvray is a thinking man and...

Pierre Morey Meursault and Coq Au Vin Blanc

For Pierre Morey – the former (and legendary) winemaker of Domaine Leflaive, and proprietor of his own Domaine Pierre Morey in Burgundy, France – farming biodynamically (his vineyards Biodyvin certified since 1997) is a matter of stewardship: turning over vineyards...

Domaine Tempier & Smoked Pulled Pork

Collette wrote of France’s Jurançon: when I was a young girl, I was introduced to a passionate Prince, domineering and two-timing like all great seducers… My lifelong affair has been with Domaine Tempier’s Bandol rouge, which began in the early 1980s, when I was first...