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On Heritage, Honey…and Judgement

By Binnotes @binnotes

Dear Readers:

As a wine and lifestyle writer, my assignments immerse me in a myriad of topics. As a judge, I must taste and tipple through a slew of selections.

Here’s a glimpse through a sample of this past week’s itinerary:

On Heritage, Honey…and Judgement

Pascal Brooks is the son of the late Jimi Brooks, Brooks Winery founder, winemaker, and Willamette Valley biodynamics pioneer.

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Image: ©L.M. Archer.

Heritage 

As a wine writer, one of the stories I’m working on now for a vinous publication includes this young ‘old soul,’ Pascal Brooks. Pascal’s late father Jimi Brooks founded Brooks Wine in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and pioneered biodynamics in the region.

On Heritage, Honey…and Judgement

Wine + Lifestyle writer L.M. Archer teams up with South Bay culinary luminaries to learn how they are helping save collapsing bee colonies, one hive – and recipe -at a time.

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Honey

As a lifestyle writer, I’m sleuthing out a story for a regional publication on Bay area culinaries and luminaries helping to preserve area bee colonies from collapse,  including Hum & Hive owners Jodi and Gary Maricich, here hosting a class on bees taught by bespoke beekeeper Emily Bondor of Santa Cruz Bee Company.

On Heritage, Honey…and Judgement

International Chocolate Salon San Francisco 2018 artisinal chocolatiers include Basel B handpainted chocolates, classic La Châtelaine Chocolat Co., and award-winning Cru Chocolate.

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Judgement

As a judge, I notched another year at the SF International Chocolate Salon – this one held at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. For unabashed chocoholics, this event’s for you – lashings of artisan chocolatier love, all under one roof!

Personal faves: Opulent Basel B Inc. hand-painted artisan edibles, sumptuous Parisian-inspired La Chatelaine Chocolates, and ever-elegant, award-winning Cru Chocolate.

That it….Watch this space for links later to the published stories…cheers!

Always thirsty for your comments – please feel free to share your thoughts below, and, as always, many thanks for your follows on social media.

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