One of the most talented people I know is Judd Finkelstein, proprietor of Judd’s Hill Winery in Napa. Not only is Judd a very savvy and creative winemaker, but he’s also a terrific ukulele player and a founding member of the fabulous Maikai Gents, who delight audiences with the sounds of old time Hawaii.
I’m very fond of the American Zinfandels produced by Joel Peterson and his Ravenswood wines. Here’s a trio to try: Ravenswood Vintners Blend Old Vine Zinfandel is a great bang-for-the-buck at $12.99, and it’s even a better bargain when it goes on sale here, which is frequently, for $9.99.
A look into the new brand of bitters found at The Rest.
Over the past two years, we've seen a surge in small businesses that focus primarily on bitters. It's not to the degree of where you'll find all locally made products in every single bar and mixology shop in town, but enough to where people are catching on to the craze and starting to enjoy and experiment with them as they head out for drinks.
A light, fresh salad with Boston lettuce and shrimp
If you're someone who has resolved to eat healthier in 2017, here is a very tasty, light shrimp salad that is great either as a side or starter salad, or as a dinner entree. This recipe will make four side salads or two entree-size ones.
If you're looking for a crowd-pleasing side dish for a holiday dinner or brunch, this one is hard to beat. It's cheesy, baked potatoes au gratin that you can assemble in advance and then cook up after your turkey, ham, roast or whatever comes out of the oven.