Chris Isaak & Lyle Lovett

A Wicked Game is Fun... Chris Isaak Can you ever have too much fun? No doubt some rock stars and fellow scribes who are pushing up daisies now, would agree that you definitely can.  But I dunno, this past weekend where I got to attend a very friendly, classy fun, food and wine reception at [...]

By | June 30th, 2022|David's Travels|Comments Off on Chris Isaak & Lyle Lovett

Chop Steakhouse & Bar

Meat That Makes You Salivate… Brandon & David My mind flashed chophouse. Any restaurant that has got chop in its name, is enough to make me salivate. So when I came across a restaurant simply called Chop in Richmond, BC near its airport, I couldn’t help pulling into its parking lot. And was I ever [...]

By | May 16th, 2022|David's Travels|Comments Off on Chop Steakhouse & Bar

Executive Hotels & Resorts – Vancouver Airport

When You Fly Into Richmond... Harald & David When people fly into Vancouver, BC, they usually can’t wait to jump on the Skytrain and check out all those gorgeous views downtown on the waterfront. Or rent a car so they can drive up the Sea to Sky Hwy for those incredible views from Vancouver to [...]

By | April 27th, 2022|David's Travels|Comments Off on Executive Hotels & Resorts – Vancouver Airport

Aperture Cellars

Enthusiasm Pours Over the Glass ... Jesse Katz Enthusiasm. It’s such a magical word. One of the reasons I love writing about food and wine so much is its purveyors bring so much enthusiasm to the table. None more so than the proprietor and winemaker of Sonoma’s Aperture Cellars, Jesse Katz. Aperture Cellars will be [...]

By | March 23rd, 2022|Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Aperture Cellars

Montage Healdsburg

Help Beat Cancer ... Jaron Dubinsky The V Foundation is an organization that does great work in supporting all areas of cancer research and help. And since they were the benefactor of Epicurean Sonoma, it was easy to get behind its special events on the March 31-April 2nd weekend. Chef, Jaron Dubinsky of Montage Resort [...]

By | March 21st, 2022|Sonoma Eateries, Sonoma Stays|Comments Off on Montage Healdsburg

The Matheson

Packed Every Night ... What would be a very nice problem for a new restaurant to have? To be packed every night! And that’s what Dustin Valette, the chef/owner of the Matheson in Healdsburg told the Insider has been happening since he recently opened his three-story eatery on Matheson Ave in Healdsburg. Dustin Valette “Hey, [...]

By | March 18th, 2022|Sonoma Eateries|Comments Off on The Matheson

Folio Fine Wine Partners & Brasswood Combine

For a Tasty Experience... Tom I’m always up for a good tasting. But if you combine it with good food then I’m definitely there. So when I got an invite from Tom Markakis, the hospitality manager, of the Folio Fine Wine Partners, I was excited with the “Heritage Tasting” which explores the current release wines [...]

By | February 28th, 2022|Napa Eateries, Napa Wineries, Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Folio Fine Wine Partners & Brasswood Combine

Bricoleur Vineyards

Attracts Top Chefs ... You know you must be doing something right when your winery attracts top chefs in the U.S. And that’s what Bricoleur Vineyards has done in forging a new collaboration with chefs Charlie Palmer and Nate Appleman. “I’m excited to work with the team at Bricoleur Vineyards as Culinary Advisor,” said Palmer. [...]

By | January 31st, 2022|Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Bricoleur Vineyards

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival 2021

Awesome Again... No doubt Covid was a real hard kick in the shins for the food and wine event industry. Most were cancelled outright in 2020 and if they tried to do anything in 2021 they were severely curtailed in terms of events and attendance. But as the cliché says, the strong survive, and I’m [...]

By | December 14th, 2021|David's Travels, Napa Wineries, Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival 2021

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

A Fav Event is Coming… One of my fav food and wine events is coming up: 17th San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival: November 11-14. After missing a year due to Covid, it's back and obviously scaled back. A few of this year's highlights include The Grand Decant wine tasting event on November 12, [...]

By | October 17th, 2021|David's Travels, Napa Wineries|Comments Off on San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival