Monthly Archives: September 2010


Wine and Food with the Stars

Although I love to cook with and around wine, I’ve never been a professional chef. This lack of experience in the culinary world doesn’t mean I don’t respect chefs and restaurant owners. Far from it. The idea of making a consistent living from the production of great food (never mind pairing that food with wine) has always seemed such a daunting task that I’ve never had the guts to try it.

Jack and Dolores Cakebread’s Plethora of Purveyors

Brian Streeter, who is Cakebread Winery’s Culinary Director and the American Harvest Workshop manager, has attended 22 of the previous 24 American Harvest Workshops. Michael Weiss, Professor of Wine and Spirits at the Culinary Institute of America, is only a few years behind Brian. They both have impeccable credentials in wine and food. So when Brian and Michael kicked off this year’s festivities with a primer on the sensory evaluation of wine followed by an artisanal food purveyor party and dinner, though I thought I already knew all I wanted about such things, I paid attention. And lo and behold, I actually learned something.

Cakebread Cellars 24th Annual Harvest Workshop

Stay tuned for live reports from the Napa Valley, where I'll be the official blogger at Cakebread Cellars 24th Annual Harvest Workshop. I'll take you behind the scenes and get up close and personal with Dennis Cakebread, a host of talented chefs, and some of the other dedicated wine workers who make these sorts of events take off.

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