October 31, 2012

{Giveaway} #PiePartyGE and DUB Pies Giveaway!

Even though #PiePartyGE happened last week, it seems like it was so long ago. We're going through the recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Though we live in Zone A, we were lucky to have power and water for the most part throughout the storm.  We are safe and our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been impacted by the storm.

Looking back on the photos from Pie Party 2012 - organized by the wonderful Jackie and Ken - I'm reminded again of why I'm so glad we've joined the food blogging community. Whenever food bloggers get together, you know there will be plenty of good conversation, lovely people. and of course, wonderful food (just check out the full list here). The get-together was held at the beautiful GE Monogram Design Center (hence the hashtag #PiePartyGE) and GE also provided some delicious hors d'oeurves (loved the lamb burger sliders!) as well as a pie crust demonstration.

October 29, 2012

A Taste of the Rhone in Sonoma

Recently, I returned from a whirlwind 36 hour tasting tour in Sonoma County. One winery that piqued my interest was Two Shepherds, a Rhone varietal-focused label based out of Santa Rosa, CA run by William Allen. There is no fancy vineyard to visit; William minimally processes the grapes at rented space at Sheldon Winery. I met William on a recent Friday morning before 9am with a couple of friends. He was moving bins around by forklift as it is a very lean operation. Most people do not get to see how much labor goes into making wine.