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Dana Delany, Celebrity Wine FAQ

Dana Delany, courtesy ABC

Dana Delaney’s new show Body of Proof premieres Tuesday (March 29) at 10:01 p.m. on ABC, but Anne actually caught up with her last summer at the TV Critics Press Tour in July.

Delaney’s been a pretty busy actor since she first splashed onto the scene in China Beach. In Body of Proof, she plays an emotionally out-of-touch former neurosurgeon who becomes a medical examiner and solves crimes. We’re also guessing that while she really likes wine (“I’m a wino,” she told Anne), she doesn’t like too much at one time.

“Why?” you ask.

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Another Tasting With the Family Winemakers of California

A tasting table at the Family Winemakers of California tasting event – and that's just one table!

This is the third year we’ve done the Family Winemakers of California tasting event, featuring over 200 California wineries, from all over the state. They do two – one in Del Mar, California and a trade tasting in Pasadena. It’s probably the most fun thing we do all year.

We think tasting events are a great way to learn about a lot of wine in a short time, and to try new stuff, or maybe re-try stuff we thought we didn’t

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Ca’Momi Ca’Secco

Type: Slightly sweet sparkling white

What’s Special: It’s tank-fermented

Plays well with: Fruit and/or by itself

This little unassuming sparkler is a delight. It’s refreshing and light, not so sweet it’s like soda pop (never mind the soda pop top), and not too dry, either. It’s perfect for brunch or maybe to begin winding down after a long, hard day at work.

Made primarily from chardonnay and sauvignon blanc grapes, the wine was tank-fermented – an easier, less fussy way to make bubbles in wine than the traditional methode champagnoise, which involves dosing the wine in bottles, turning the

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Tasting Cabs in Carpinteria – It Doesn’t Get Better

Aha! We are vindicated – at least, Anne is. We’ve said for a long time that Charles Shaw wines (the infamous Two Buck Chuck) aren’t so bad. And this weekend, we saw proof that what Anne has been saying for years – namely, that if you didn’t know you were drinking Trader Joe’s ultra-low cost wine, you wouldn’t think it was so awful, and might even like it.

What happened? We attended a special annual event through our home winemaking club, Cellarmasters in Los Angeles. Every year, our friends Fred Shaw and Lisa Guravitz put on a spectacular tasting

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Frogmore Creek – Tasmanian Not Devil

Linda Kidwiler, representing Frogmore Creek

Due to our limited travel budget, when we get a chance to do a large-scale tasting such as last January’s Pinot Days, we love checking out the wines from the really far out places – like Tasmania, Australia. So, of course, when Linda Kidwiler showed up at Pinot Days representing Frogmore Creek wines for their U.S. distributors, Michael made the proverbial bee line to her table and liked what he tasted.

Tasmania is an island about 200 miles south of the Australian continent, so it has a pretty cool climate, making it an

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Celebrity Wine FAQ/Separated at Birth??


Guy Fieri on Minute to Win It

Okay, maybe they don’t look all that much alike. But add the ‘tude and TV personality Guy Fieri and Jimmy Smith, national sales manager for Ca’ Momi wine in Napa, could definitely be brothers.

We’re featuring this wild and woolly pair in honor of the Family Winemakers of California tasting happening in Pasadena on Tuesday, March 15. They had an open-to-the-public event in Del Mar on Sunday, but we had to miss it. However, we will be there on Tuesday, at the trade-only

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Magazine Article A Help? Yes and No

From the March 2011 issue of Everyday With Rachael Ray magazine

It’s one of those things that some folks think makes wine so scary – trying to figure out all the stuff on the label. And if you’re going to be shelling out some real money on that wine bottle, say $20 or so, you don’t want to be doing it on something you’re not going to like.

We, too,  have to play the guessing game at times, and if we’re completely honest, we’ve even fallen for the cute animal on the label. Anne once went so

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Webster’s Latest Tasting

Anteres Anderson

One of the fun things we get to do now and again is get up close and personal with folks at one of our favorite stores – Webster’s Fine Stationers – and lead a quick tasting. The store is at 2450 N. Lake Ave., Ste. B; Altadena, CA 91001; (626) 797-1135. The wine is supplied by Webster’s Liquor, at the same address but two doorways up, (626) 797-1163.

We had a blast last month, celebrating Valentine’s Day with port and bubbly. And we got to meet Anteres Anderson, who actually had two and a half wine

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Event Tasting Notes, Altadena Library Foundation

Here are the notes from the Sunday evening event celebrating the Altadena Public Library’s 85th Anniversary. As if we needed any more reason to appreciate our public libraries – our computers got a virus and Anne is using the APL computer to post this. Thank you, Altadena Public Library!

We also want to thank Chronicle Wine Cellar for providing the below wines. You can check them out at 919 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91106, (626) 577-2549.

Villa Alfieri Pinot Grigio 2008

Type: Dry white Plays well with: salad, cheese plates, seafood

The nose was slightly spicy and the

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Bobby Flay and Steve Ells Celebrity Chef Wine FAQs

Bobby Flay, courtesy NBC

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay and Chipotle founder Steve Ells have joined forces for a new NBC show airing on Sunday, Mar. 6, at 8 p.m. called America’s Next Great Restaurant.

Think of it as a Shark Tank for the restaurant biz. Flay, Ells and fellow restauranteurs Lorena Garcia and Curtis Stone will watch ten people with dreams of owning the next fast/casual restaurant chain compete to develop their great concept. The big prize? Flay, et. al. will invest in that great concept with their own money.

So, when Anne caught up with Flay and

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