Wente Riva Ranch

“WINE OPHELIA” Post – Wente Vineyards Tasting Notes

  For those of you who don’t know, I started the Wine Ophelia blog back in 2009 just to have a little fun with wine and writing. When I came back from Italy last year and began • r Consulting, I decided to move all of my writing here to raelinn.com. After some more consideration, […]

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Please pardon the hiatus

I’ve been getting myself situated in my new home in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA. Please pardon me while I do a little settling. Blog will be back on schedule very soon! I can’t wait to start telling you about all the incredible food, wine, cocktails and everything else I’m finding out here […]

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Whew! I finally made it!

What on earth have I done?!! I’m so excited to tell you that I’ve accepted a position as Trade Advisor with UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Office in San Francisco! (YAY ME!!!) As many of you know, I just drove my little blue gypsy wagon across country from NYC to SF, taking the southerly route on […]

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Social Media Tip4

Marketing Monday Tip No. 4

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Randall Grahm

Wait…What?! Randall Grahm uses (gasp) OAK CHIPS?!

Last week I had the GREAT privilege to finally meet one of  my favorite winemakers in the world, Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard. He visited New York City and graced us with a “Producer Night” at the ridiculously good Anfora Wine Bar (A personal NYC favorite) in the West Village where Joe Campanale is […]

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The beginning of gnocchi.

Photo of the Week – The Beginning of Gnocchi

  Farm fresh egg yolks, flour and potatoes. This will become what I have come to call gnocchi… “little pillows from heaven”.  Photo taken at La Giro di Vite in Monchiero, Italy in Piemonte.    

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Social Media Tip3

Marketing Monday – Social Media Quick Tip No. 3

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Rouge Tomate

Rouge Tomate NYC – My New Valentine

As some of you may already know, I entered and won a contest at Rouge Tomate Restaurant in NYC for Valentine’s Day Dinner for 2. They asked people to recount a funny Valentine story. I couldn’t decide, so I entered two: I have a somewhat funny and a very sweet one. Funny first: I was […]

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Rouge Tomate

HELP! Be My Valentine? WIN Valentine’s Day Dinner with Me at Rouge Tomate NYC

I just learned that I no longer have to sit at home on Valentine’s Day eating popcorn and watching “Intolerable Cruelty” (seemed a fitting title) on Netflix! Because… GUESS WHY!! I WON DINNER FOR 2 AT THE AMAZING ROUGE TOMATE IN NYC!    But I still have a problem. I don’t have a Valentine! Will […]

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On the spice trail!

Malabar Maluku – A Cocktail

It’s Thirsty Thursday and I’m sitting in chilly NJ dreaming about islands.  I have a grapefruit in front of me and I was feeling like using it for a cocktail. Feeling rather uninspired I called on my dear friend Warren Bobrow, The Cocktail Whisperer for some ideas. “Gin, he says.” And I love this. But […]

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