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Stories from Michele Anna Jordan

Mouthful: Mendocino celebrates Winesong

This wine and food tasting event benefiting the Mendocino Coast District Hospital takes place Sept 5-6.

Pairing: Sparkler with polenta pizza

Sip a sparkling wine with this refreshing take on a classic favorite.

Seasonal Pantry: Simple, flexible late-summer recipes

These seasonal dishes require no special skills, just good ingredients that are readily at hand.

Seasonal Pantry: Summer gazpacho

It is a great time for the chilled tomato soups that we call gazpacho, as tomatoes are nearing their dead-ripe period.

Pairing: Chardonnay with sticky rice

Try this wine with dessert.

Mouthful: Apple Fair at Ragle Ranch Park

Upcoming fun includes the Gravenstein Apple Fair, and more.

Pairing: Bogle red with summer polenta

Our Wine of the Week, Bogle Vineyards 2012 California Essential Red ($11), is a great quaffer to keep on hand.

Mouthful: Bodega parade short but sweet

The Bodega Volunteer Fire Department hosts a community barbecue, with live music and what is known as “Sonoma County’s Shortest Parade.”

Seasonal Pantry: Enjoying the foods of summer

Inspiring ideas for some favorite seasonal eats.

Pairing: Sassy sirah will match a beefy dish

Wow your friends at your next dinner party with a burly flavor bomb from the Russian River Valley.

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