Jul 14

Quick Sips: Abecela Reserve Tempranillo “South East Block” 2009

The Back Story: This is one of 10 wines that found its way to me so that I could become better acquainted with Oregon Wines thanks to Trellis Growing Partners. It is produced by Earl & Hilda Jones in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley. This couple has a a passion for bringing spanish varietals to America. I am 90% sure that I […]

Sep 13

Spirit Lab: The Greenbar Distillery

I first experienced GreenBar Spirits upon starting my new job as Beverage Director at The Muddy Leek  in Los Angeles. My 1st week was all about trying to figure out what my predecessor had left for me and where to go from there.  I noticed we were running low on our house rum, and before […]

Feb 13

Sara Kay’s Meatballs of Glory!

About: Meatballs are found in almost every culture, and can be dated back to 700 BC. They are, in essence, portable baby meatloafs. The purpose is to cut meat with other protein, starches, and veggies, to boost their nutrient value while stretching the meat. I have been a huge lover of meatballs forever — however, when my husband discovered his gluten allergy, I had […]

Jan 13

The Veneto: 101

We have been exploring the Tre Venezie on Wine Soaked starting with Trentino- Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Guilia, and today we are going to explore the most well know of this trio of wine regions that surround the city of Venice, that is The Veneto. Some people love this region’s wine for its complexity and some […]

Dec 12

Top 10 Hiring Tips

One of the most important processes for any management team to master is the art of strategic hiring.  Your human resources are your best assets and can also be your demise. Here are ten tips on how to pick the best possible candidate: Assess your current team-  A work team is like a small community. When thinking about adding another element to that community make sure to take stock of […]

Dec 12

Leverage takes on Wine Fraud: An interview with actor Aldis Hodge

I have been a long time lover of TNT’s show Leverage. For those of you who have not had the privilege it is an action-packed show about vigilante con-men, with a super talented cast of character actors. They are now in the show’s fifth season, which took a major foodie bent after the crew relocated their headquarters to […]

Oct 12

Drinking Inside The Box

I am aware that boxed wine has a stigma, and based on some examples that are out there it is with good cause. However, I would like to help tip the scales in the other direction, as the technology is great!!! And the value is amazing… especially if you use wine when you cook. I have been […]

Oct 12

Sara Kay’s White Beans & Bacon

About: This is my take on a tasty fall time Medieval English dish. It is great as a meal, or a side, and if you follow a low-carb diet is surprisingly healthy.  Prep Time:10 min Cook Time: 10 min Difficulty : Easy Serves: 2 meal/ 6 side Best Pairings: B&G Vouvray 2009 The silky pair […]

Sep 12

Sara Kay’s Carnitas!

Sara Kay’s Carnitas! Or Pulled Pork Base! Prep Time:10 min Cook Time: 3-3 ½ Hrs Difficulty : Easy, but time consuming.     Tools Needed: Cheese Cloth Cooking Twine Large Dutch Oven Sharp Knife Cutting Board Bowl Tongs Big Spoon Ingredients: 3 Sprigs of Marjoram 3 Sprigs of Thyme 1 Tbs of Coriander Seed 2 […]

Jul 09

Donate Here To Help Send Sara Kay To Wine School

As you know, Sara Kay recently completed her Level 2 Sommelier Certification! Now we’re raising funds to help send her on to the next level of wine training. Please donate whatever you can to help pay for the costs of diploma-level sommelier certification!