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Return to Wine Country

While you were sleeping…
I worked on scripts and video in the newsroom. At 2:00 a.m., I look at the time on the app running my show rundown and wire services. It flashed 3:00 a.m. I look at my Droid X for another time check. 3:00 a.m.
Under Construction: My newsroom
Damn you Daylight Savings. Damn you.
I knew you were coming. I can’t stop you. I despise you when you sneak up on me in the newsroom. And I can’t forgive you for stealing an hour from my show prep time.

Outside of the newsroom, we spent a lazy Monday afternoon in Sonoma. Vacaville spoiled us with our 30 minute drive to wine country. We used to go every other weekend. Now we live about 90 minutes away from all those lovely wineries and vineyards.
Wine with a view!
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Sans Meat

As a woman of leisure, I spent a lot of time challenging myself in the kitchen.

Bacon and Cheddar Puffs

I enjoyed cooking dinner and catching up with my hubby over a hot meal. I got over my hesitation/fear over baking and produced some tasty cheddar gougeres. I bonded with my hubby over rolling pizza dough and cutting up pasta noodles. On dry days, we fired up the grill for fresh fish and sausages. All the culinary activity, from chopping vegetables to studying recipes, helped me cope with being out of work.
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Fall Flavors 2009

Finally. December.

I’m trying to keep track of all the amazing food we sampled over the past few months. So far, I have tweeted several gourmet experiences. Now – I’ll try to sum up some of those dining adventures, beyond 140 characters.

We did a Thanksgiving Lunch at the Bistro in downtown Sonoma. I needed a relaxing afternoon after spending 10-plus hours in the newsroom. This Charcuterie plate had a lovely mix of foie gras, pork tartine and sausage. I loved spreading the rich foie on white bread.

Davis Dim Sum
We continue to head east for comfort food in Davis. I enjoy the handmade noodles from the Noodle House. I always order these dim sum plates as appetizers: pork BBQ buns and onion pancakes. These hearty flavors fill me up on a chilly autumn day or soothe my stomach after a night of drinking.

Chicken Fried Bacon
In Berkeley, we celebrated Scott’s birthday at T-Rex BBQ. I had to try the chicken-fried bacon. Crazy! A bit chewy and I managed to sample some hints of bacon goodness in this hor d’oeuvre.

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A Little Dribble

Last week, we enjoyed a very happy hour in the Carneros Valley of Sonoma County. We introduced my mother-in-law to Domaine Carneros Winery. As a matter of fact, it’s our first visit to this beautiful location. So – Cheers!

Domaine Caneros
On our trips to downtown Sonoma, we always drive by this gorgeous Chateaux off Highway 12. Last week, the rush hour commute left us sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the highway. So we decided to take a tasty detour to Domaine Caneros.

My hubby helped me shoot this review of our red wine flight. We used my Nikon Coolpix L12 camera.

Domaine Caneros from Kris Vera-Phillips on Vimeo.

And my mother-in-law had a blast in Sonoma County. After the winery, we chilled at our favorite Irish Pub in downtown Sonoma, Murphy.

Sonoma Happy Hour

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Swirling It In My Mouth

In case you don’t know, I love wine.

I love how it tastes, smells and feels. I also love the wine culture – from the vineyards to the barrels. Today, we’re heading to Lodi for Zinfest. It’s an incredible wine tasting experience by Lodi Lake.

Last month, I tweeted away for Twitter Taste Live. Wine lovers tweeted their pictures and tasting notes from ESTATE in Sonoma. I also met one of the legends in the Cali wine industry, Randall Grahm. I helped the Bonny Doon winemaker tweet his tasting notes. He introduced me to a 2005 Bonny Doon Syrah. He’s verdict: “Silly Good.”

This is one of the reasons why I think I’d be perfect for the Murphy-Goode Wine Country Lifestyle Correspondent position.

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Gourmet Flavors on Valentine’s Day

We did the Wine and Chocolate Festival last month in Lodi. This is becoming a tasty Valentine’s Day tradition!

Wine and Art
We stumbled on some new wines, art and of course, yummy bites of food. At the Vino Piazza, the wine server let me go behind the wine bar to get a closer look at these sketches from Dumbo. He said the animator was a big fan of Lodi wines.

This is a look at the drive into Lodi’s Wine Country on Highway 12.

Valentine’s Day in Wine Country from Kris Vera-Phillips on Vimeo.

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