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Jay Stout Jan 28, 2015 The retired Marine stops by to sign and discuss Hell's Angels: The True Story of the 303rd Bomb Group in World War II. 59 other events on Wednesday, January 28
 
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Friday, January 16,2015
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Dallmann Confections introduces peculiar pairings

Bubbly wines and flavorful chocolates make a good match

By Jen Van Tieghem
Owner Isabella Valencia and husband / sommelier Jayson Knack host about two pairing classes at Dallmann (789 W. Harbor Drive, Downtown) each month, with beer, wine, cheese, desserts and, perhaps most uniquely, champagne. 
Friday, December 26,2014
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Peachy Canyon’s Snow Zinfandel is all the cold we need

Weather may be frightful, but wine is always delightful

By Jen Van Tieghem
Peachy Canyon Winery’s reds have long been a mainstay on my wine rack, its Incredible Red both easy to drink and easy on the budget. 
Friday, December 5,2014
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The Wine Pub is a reason to pause in Point Loma

Inviting spot is going strong after five years

By Jen Van Tieghem
I don’t find myself in Point Loma often, but I’ve found a reason to change that. The Wine Pub is a welcoming place for a drink—and a nibble—tucked between a bank and a Thai restaurant in a busy corner of the neighborhood (2907 Shelter Island Drive).
Friday, November 14,2014
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Marina Kitchen breaks up the week with Wine Wednesdays

Themed pairings at the Marriott eatery are educational and tasty

By Jen Van Tieghem
When I was invited to Wine Wednesday at Marina Kitchen in the Marriott Marquis (333 W. Harbor Drive), I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Friday, October 24,2014
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Claiborne and Churchill Gewürztraminer is deliciously dry

It’s hard to pronounce but easy to drink

By Jen Van Tieghem
I recently decided to cohabitate with my better half. In addition to blending our hodgepodge furniture, it also meant bringing together my love of dry red wines with his inexplicable desire to drink s
Friday, September 26,2014
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Trisler’s Wine Bar doesn’t disappoint—or impress

Mission Valley spot is palatable at best

By Jen Van Tieghem
The first time I visited Trisler's Wine Bar, it was rather forgettable: An unremarkable cheese board and some average wine, and let's just say I wasn't inclined to go back. 
Friday, September 5,2014
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Love Noir delivers the dark side of Pinot

Affordable brand makes a familiar grape seem new

By Jen Van Tieghem
As a wine lover, some days you'll spend ages in your favorite wine boutique or bottle shop, poring over labels and agonizing over what to spend your hard-earned dollars on. 
Friday, August 15,2014
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Ca’ Momi’s Bianco di Napa has enough flavors to stand out

White blend balances fruit with floral

By Jen Van Tieghem
A warm summer evening and a perfectly chilled bottle of 2013 Bianco di Napa were reasons enough to see if the product matched the promise.
Friday, July 25,2014
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Café Bleu offers lots to love

Mission Hills wine bar pleases the palate with food and drink

By Jen Van Tieghem
While I can't speak for the company you keep, I can attest to Café Bleu's mastering of the other required elements.
Thursday, July 3,2014
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Moss Roxx Zinfandel proves grace comes with age

Oak Ridge Winery, Lodi’s oldest, has a new fan

By Jen Van Tieghem
It's a mystery how I, a big fan of Lodi Zinfandels, haven't explored Oak Ridge Winery's offerings in depth before now.
 
 
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