For my 40th birthday I took a much-needed get away to Napa. We visited my friend Jeff Miller and his wife Beryl. Jeff lives in Napa and grows and makes wines in the Suisun Valley AVA under several labels: Seven Artisans, Sly Dog Cellars, and Red Côte.
The more one delves into the subject of wine and food pairing, the more frequently one finds conflicting recommendations. Optimal (and yes, even ideal) wine and food pairings are not just a matter of culinary heritage. There is real science behind certain foods and wines going together beautifully.
Iconic news anchor Walter Cronkite passed away this summer. Amongst the many praises and remembrances of his character and career, one thing stuck out -- he never made himself the story. Cronkite was a trusted conveyor of information, always heralded for his objectivity.