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Artisans: A Love Affair Begins With a Peach

I love a good farmers market. I love turning a city corner and seeing tables and tents set up, piled high with produce, breads, pastas, fruits, and meat. I can spend hours looking through the offerings, making rounds before purchasing, always leaving with a new artisanal cheese, a chicken, or a basket of vegetables. Often, I just leave with the ingredients I’ll need for dinner. Having spent so many...

Featured: Etty's Wine Pick: Folk Machine Pinot Noir 2009

This fragrant and light bodied Pinot Noir from California’s Central Coast drinks like a Bourgogne Rouge, nixing high alcohol, over-extraction, and sweet oak in favor of vivid acidity, pretty pomegranate flavors, and a bit of neutral oak for texture. Sourced from vineyards in Monterey County and Potter Valley, this is perfect everyday Pinot. Straightforward, varietally on point, and super...

Artisans: Street Art: A Glimpse Inside a City's Heart

Whenever I travel, I have my camera nearby. I am forever a photographer of cities; I rarely record who I was with or what sights we visited. Instead, I attempt to find the breath of a city, the flow, and the people of it. More often than not, I find the most showing examples of pride and place by photographing street art. My father will never see it as art, claiming that graffiti ruins a city, shows...

Featured: Etty's Wine Pick: Broadside James Berry Vineyard Chardonnay 2010

This excellent Paso Robles Chardonnay is super clean, fresh, and lively on the palate, showing a solid dose of depth and minerality. Made with organically grown grapes, and aged in a combination of stainless steel, cement vats, and neutral oak, this small production, classy California Chard is a killer bargain! Pair with clam, chorizo, and white bean stew or linguini with roasted cauliflower and...

Destinations: A Sparkling New York Moment

It’s funny that sometimes what becomes routine and normal is often stripped of its true magic. I have been visiting New York City since I was a child, but more frequently lately, since my sister Jenna and her husband, Mitch, have relocated to the Chelsea neighborhood. I never take New York for granted; you cannot ignore the beauty and brilliance of this place, but the last few trips have been a bit...

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