Blog: The Place to Dish with Fellow Foodies

Wherever I go, I sample the local cuisine, taste the regional wine and cocktails, and prowl for the best culinary products. Back at home, I experiment with my own food and beverage concoctions. Sometimes I travel with specific ingredients and tools so I can cook special dishes for family and friends. And nothing gets my creative juices flowing like holidays and entertaining. Sound familiar? If so, maybe my favorite discoveries, realizations, and recipes will inspire your own adventures, and you’ll want to share them here.

Le Grand Courtâge for the Holidays ~ from Stranded Foodie


After leaving her job in the States, Tawnya Falkner followed her dream of moving to France. It was there that she launched Le Grand Courtâge which translates to “the Great Courtship.” They make these fabulous new sparkling wines including a NV Grand Cuvée Blanc de Blancs and a [Read more…]

2014 Pahlmeyer Release Party ~ A Stranded Foodie Favorite


If you haven’t yet tried a Pahlmeyer wine, you’re in for an extraordinary wine experience. These wines are very full-bodied, intense and packed with depth. Why they are just flat out luxuriously rich! I discovered their wines back in the early 90’s, and I’ve been a fan ever since. Pahlmeyer [Read more…]

Schug Estate Winery ~ A Stranded Foodie Wine Selection


Just south of Sonoma, right in the heart of the cool-climate Carneros wine region, I found the charming and quaint family owned Schug Estate Winery nestled in the surrounding hillside. The founders Walter Schug and his wife Gertrude Schug established the winery in 1980, and the family continues the tradition of producing [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Recipe for Pesto with Fusilli Pasta


It’s that time again to make up more batches of my pesto from the end of the summer basil. That way, I can freeze some to enjoy all fall and winter long. I’m dreaming about pesto on crostini, pesto stuffed pork roast, pesto pizza, and oh, how about pesto spread [Read more…]

Navarro Vineyards Late Harvest Wines ~ A Stranded Foodie Wine Pick


Whenever I’m traveling over to the Mendocino Coast, I’ve always paid a visit to the charming Navarro Vineyards tasting room. Located in Philo, California, the views that surround the tasting room are so breathtaking, especially when the fog settles over the vineyards. It reminds me of a little of being in [Read more…]

Patz & Hall’s New Sonoma House Wine Tasting Salon ~ A Stranded Foodie Recommendation


Last year, I mentioned my first tasting experience at Patz & Hall when they were located in Napa; but I have to tell you about their new tasting salon. This past January, they moved over to Sonoma and into a modern and very chic tasting salon called the Sonoma House. Once someone’s [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Champagne Cocktail with Wild Hibiscus


For a festive chic champagne cocktail, drop a pretty red Wild Hibiscus brand flower with a bit of its syrup into a champagne flute. Next, add your favorite bubbles. This cocktail is ridiculously delightful and a tiny bit sweet—with just [Read more…]

Lloyd Cellars 2011 Carneros Chardonnay ~ A Stranded Foodie Favorite


Last weekend I was visiting a place in Napa and was lucky enough to have tasted a Chardonnay offering from Lloyd Cellars. If you haven’t yet heard of this winery, Rob Lloyd the Winemaker’s background includes Winemaker and [Read more…]

Larkmead Wines ~ A Stranded Foodie Wine Favorite


For over 15 years now, I have had a passion for Larkmead Vineyard Cabernet. The continued production of exceptional wine, keeps me coming back for more. Having never actually visited the winery, I thought it was time to do so and see what I could find out about this historic winery. Their beautiful tasting room is located [Read more…]

Patz & Hall Wines ~ A Stranded Foodie Favorite


Over the years, I’ve tasted various different Patz & Hall’s Chardonnays and Pinots, most recently being the 2009 and 2010 vintages. Since I’ve never paid a visit to their Napa tasting room, I decided it was time to have that [Read more…]