I normally do this “look back” post in January. It’s been a little nutty in the newsroom.
2013: The year of meat. That’s what it feels like since I gave up red meat, chicken and alcohol for Lent this year.
Last year, I had one of the most decadent meals of my life at Restaurant au Pied de Cochon in Montreal.
My entrée: stuffed au pied de cochon with foie gras. It felt like the fatty duck meat left my heart racing.
In wine country, we got messy with a lobster boil at St. Supery.
In Pacifica, I went crabbing for the first time. We got lucky. I named our crabby friend “Lunch.”
In Daly City, we hosted our first Thanksgiving Dinner.
In Calistoga, we celebrated the New Year with newlyweds, Nancy and Justin, and plenty of hearty pork dishes.
The one thing that will motivate us to visit Napa in the middle of 105 degree weather: our wine club pick-up. It felt like Vegas when we parked at St. Supery yesterday.
Thank heavens for an air-conditioned tasting room. Crisp and slightly fruity glasses of Veritu and Sauvignon Blanc also cooled us down.
It looked like the winery was wrapping up its harvest season. One of the workers inside the tasting room said we should check out the crush pad.
We wandered back into the heat and watched workers dump huge batches of Chardonnay grapes into the crusher.
I sipped a glass of the Dollarhide Chardonnay as the giant metal corkscrew drilled into the grapes. Workers added dry yeast to kick start the fermentation. We may have been watching the beginning of a great bottle of wine. We’ll have to come back and sample it!
Inside the tasting room, we also sampled these Cabernet Franc grapes. The fruit tasted rich and sweet.
This time last year, I got a Fortunate You necklace from Tea Stain clothing in Sacramento. The fortune said: “You will step on the soil of many countries.”
A combination of wanderlust, luck and professional opportunity made that fortune come true in 2010.
I sampled fresh fish and explored new flavors in Russia as a guest lecturer for St. Petersburg State University.
We celebrated my birthday with ceviche on the beach in Ensenada.
Finally, I left my Sacramento newsroom behind and became the Newark Patch editor. In this Alameda County city, I cover news, politics, crime and other issues that matter to Newark residents. Plus, I have a chance to profile all the amazing food spots in Newark.
You can find rest of my album, “In My Tummy: 2010,” on Flickr.
What do you think? What should I try next?
We spent another Sunday in Napa. This time around, I had a better wine tasting at the Bounty Hunter. I went with the Bounty Hunter Roundup Flight. That included the 2005 Pursuit Sauvignon Blanc, 2004 Broken Spur Petite Sirah and the 2002 Tin Star Cabernet Sauvignon.