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Stories from Michele Anna Jordan

Pairings: Grilled chicken with Mendocino zinfandel

The Edmeades zin can take a bit of heat, but overdoing the hot sauce will overpower its silky smooth flavor.

Seasonal pantry: Bumper avocado crop fills Sonoma County markets

With avocados overflowing the bins at our local markets, it's the perfect time to make some seasonal sauces, salsas, dips and more with the flavorful fruit.

Pairing: Rosé of pinot noir with pan bagnat

The acidity of our wine of the week, Vaughn Duffy 2015 Rosé of Pinot Noir, makes it a perfect pairing for this Provençal sandwich.

Seasonal pantry: Be sure to get in on short, sweet apricot season

With the season typically lasting only three weeks, now is the time to indulge in these tasty stone fruits.

Seasonal Pantry: Fava beans are spring’s most fleeting pleasure

The delicate bean is a seasonal delight, enhancing the garden with nutrients and simple dishes with texture and taste.

Seasonal pantry: 2 tasty ways to prepare artichokes

Michele Anna Jordan shares a few ways to enjoy this delicious, seasonal treat, available now at Sonoma County markets.

Seasonal Pantry: Love garlic? Expand your horizons with this easy, satisfying soup

Slender green stalks can be confused with spring onions. But lean close and take a deep breath: It’s garlic, before its bulb has formed.

Pairing: Sonoma Coast chardonnay with crab tomato bisque

Sonoma County’s Dungeness crab are finally in stores, a perfect match for Trig Point 2014 Signpost Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.

Pairings: Mauritson sauvignon blanc with artichokes

With a simple mustard sauce alongside, the Dry Creek Valley wine is a good match with artichokes, which are notoriously difficult to pair successfully.

Seasonal Pantry: Sonoma County rack of lamb

Lamb works well this time of year, from bone-in leg of lamb to a simple rack of lamb or rib chops for smaller crowds.

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