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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 23:07

A Visit with Chef Marc Dym

 By Michael Eady

Marc Dym (pronounced “dim”) is the chef at the Little River Inn. Last week we told readers about the Little River Inn itself.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 17:44

Little River Inn’s Crab Pot Pie

 To celebrate Dungeness crab season we’ve obtained one of Chef Marc Dym’s favorite dishes you can try at home.

Saturday, 11 November 2017 12:14

We Visit the Little River Inn

By Michael Eady

The Little River Inn is an historic Victorian-style lodge located on Highway 1 on the Northern California coast, two miles south of Mendocino. It’s an iconic landmark that celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2014.

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 11:34

Nearly Back to Normal

By Dan Clarke

Three weeks ago fire broke out in the wine country of Northern California. It wasn’t just one fire, but several fires and unusually high winds spread them quickly.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:17

Mendo For Mushrooms, Wine & Beer

TASTE News Service, October 17, 2017 - As the flavors of fall arrive in Northern California's Mendocino County so does the annual crop of coveted candy cap, chanterelle, porcini and hedgehog mushrooms.

Sunday, 16 April 2017 11:12

Wine Pick of the Week

MiaBeaChardonnay Picmonkey

2015 Chardonnay

 

Mia Bea

Mendocino

Alcohol: 14.2%

Suggested Retail: $22

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 18:21

December 16, 2016 Beer Pick of the Week

North Coast Old Rasputin Picmonkey

Old Rasputin

 

North Coast Brewing

Fort Bragg, California

Style: Imperial Stout

Alcohol: 9%

IBUs: 75

Serving Style: Kegs and 12-ounce bottles

Availability: Year around

Saturday, 13 December 2014 11:36

December 12, 2014 Wine Pick of the Week

Bonterra Chardonnay Picmonkey

2013 Chardonnay

 

Bonterra

Mendocino County

Alcohol: 13.5%

Suggested Retail: $16

 

“We liked this wine more a day after first opening it. As this organic Chard 'opened up' it showed a very floral aroma. Lots of orange blossom in the nose. Both the aroma and subsequent tastes revealed a rich, creamy personality. Some vanilla from from aging in relatively small percentage of new oak. Evokes memories of a frozen treat that was variously packaged as Creamsicles or Dreamsicles. These had a vanilla ice cream center enveloped by an icy orange coating, and were a staple of the reviewer's childhood.”

Food Affinity: “Create a dish using chicken breasts marinated in white wine and orange juice, then prepared with mushrooms, some cream and finished with a dusting of hazel nuts.”

Saturday, 06 December 2014 11:19

December 5, 2014 Wine Pick of the Week

Bonterra Viognier Picmonkey 2

2013 Viognier

 

Bonterra

Mendocino County

Alcohol: 14.5%

Suggested Retail: $16

 

“Another Bonterra wine from certified organic vineyards, this Viognier contains an unspecified amount of Muscat in the blend to amplify the Viognier's natural floral quotient. Peaches and citrus greet the nose, followed by (deeper) flavors of peach and apricot backed by just a hint of brown spice. At 14-and-half alcohol there is substantial weight and viscosity to make this wine substantial enough to pair with heartier foods. Clean, long finish. Would be an interesting alternative to the Chardonnay-as-cocktail order at happy hour.”

Food Affinity: “Veal or poultry with cream sauces. Grilled or baked halibut prepared with Satsuma Mandarin sections.”

Saturday, 29 November 2014 19:53

November 28, 2014 Wine Pick of the Week

Bonterra  Zinfandel Bottle Picmonkey

2012 Zinfandel

 

Bonterra

Mendocino County

Alcohol: 14.5%

Suggested Retail: $16

 

“Some may be drawn to Bonterra's Zinfandel because it's made from organic grapes. Nothing wrong with that, but we've encountered some products—wine and otherwise—that taste lousy, however pure, green and organic they might be. Happily, that isn't the case with this wine. We think it's a fine example of the variety and a good value, to boot. While the 2012 Bonterra Zinfandel is packed with plenty of power, it hasn't lost its sense of what this varietal should be all about. We find aromas and flavors of blueberry, plum and blackberry with a little of that intriguing black pepper quality in the background. The wine shows nice balance and a long finish. A very solid effort from Bonterra.”

Food Affinity: “While it worked pretty well with Thanksgiving roast turkey and the accompanying cranberry sauce, first choice here might be beef. Pairing with tri-tip grilled Santa Maria style would be a near-perfect experience.

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