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    Posted on November 24th, 2009

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    Product Image Recipes from Historic California (A Restaurant Guide and Cookbook) (Hardcover)

    My first guest, Linda Bauer is the author of a series of books featuring Recipes from several states that highlight some of the off the beaten path destinations for great food.  Her and husband Steve have added recipes from each of these great destinations.

    Although part of America, California has a good deal of state-exclusive culture. “Recipes from Historic California: A Restaurant Guide and Cookbook” is an exploration of California’s culinary culture. The recipes of historic restaurants serving food one won’t be able to find anywhere else in the state are spotlighted. “Recipes from Historic California” is a delicious sample of California, and something that the adventurous eater and cook will relish.


    winetrials2010In the second half I’ll tell you about a great new book by Robin Goldstein & Alexis Herschkowitsch called “Wine Trials 2010 – 150 Wines under $15”  Updated for 2010 and covering 50 percent more wines, it’s the breakthrough wine guide that enamored the media⎯”Devilishly delightful” (Dallas Morning News), “Everyday wine drinkers can rejoice” (Newsweek), rattled the snobs⎯”Malicious duplicity!” (Wine Spectator) ⎯and caught the attention of consumers looking to drink better wines for less.

    Now the hardworking authors and editors, along with a double-blind panel of wine experts and consumers, blind-tasted wines under $15 that will be available to consumers in 2009 and 2010. The Wine Trials 2010 will reveal the 150 winners of this year’s competition⎯the best wines on the market for under $15.


    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week: 2004 Campo Viejo Reserva – Rioja
    campo viejo 04One of the wines featured in The Wine Trials 2010!  A great value red wine from one of my favorite producers in Rioja, this lighter style blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, and Mazuelo is a perfect match if lamb is on your holiday entertaining menu.  My first taste of Campo Viejo was the 1964 Gran Reserva at a small restaurante in the village of Torrejon when I was stationed in Spain in the late 70’s; it was this wine that my wife and I fell in love over during long dinners.  😉

    Winemaker says; Ruby red with a golden hue at the rim, bright and deep. Complex nose. On the fruit side, it reveals the sum of the sensations contributed by the grape varieties used in its blend: cherry, black plum, ripe, juicy blackberries. The time spent in the cask brings cloves, pepper, vanilla, coconut, enriched by the aromas which evolve during the time in the bottle. Smooth, balanced mouth-feel, elegant and full, with a long, lingering finish.

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