Carmel by the Sea | Image: L.M. Archer

WITWIB? Monterey

Welcome to binNotes | red thread™ Inspired stories about artisan wine, food and travel. by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML binNotes | red thread™ hits the road for the Monterey Peninsula this June to work on a project, with forays in backyards San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa along the way…so buckle up, and enjoy the scenery…Cheers! Copyrighted 2016 binNotes | red thread™. All Rights Reserved. Continue reading WITWIB? Monterey

The Hill of Corton - view fit for a King, and site of some of the world's most exquisite Chardonnays.

Chardonnay Day | 2016

Welcome to binNotes | red thread™ Inspired stories about artisan wine, food and travel. by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML Happy Chardonnay Day! Thought you might enjoy this view from the top of the Hill of Corton in the famed Côte d’Or, site of some of the world’s most exquisite Chardonnays. This little scenic spot helps me ‘reset’ when in Burgundy –  Center of the Universe. P.S.: Honored to … Continue reading Chardonnay Day | 2016

Golden Gate Club - Presidio in San Francisco, host site of WOWSF16, featuring WSCV wines. | Image: L.M. Archer

WSCV | California’s Côte d’Or

Welcome to binNotes | red thread™ Inspired stories about artisan wine, food and travel. by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML If you were lucky enough to taste through West of West Wine Festival SF 2016 recently, you’ll understand why the West Sonoma Coast region deserves the sobriquet ‘California’s Cote d’Or.’ The trade tasting, staged at Presidio’s Golden Gate Club, showcased a stunning selection of … Continue reading WSCV | California’s Côte d’Or

Le tastevin bourguignon.

The Hedonistic Taster | № 4 | Kosher Wines

The Hedonistic Taster |  № 4 by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML “Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, a binNotes | Red Thread™ trade sampling of artisan wine published every other Sunday each month. The title derives from the term ‘hedonistic tasting,’ coined by legendary Burgundian vigneron Henri Jayer. The Hedonistic Taster allows me … Continue reading The Hedonistic Taster | № 4 | Kosher Wines

West of West Wine Festival | San Francisco.

WITIB? West of West Wine Festival | SF

Welcome to binNotes | red thread™ Inspired stories about artisan wine, food and travel. by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML  Can you say Pinot? Sure you can. So can San Francisco. binNotes| red thread™ hits  the road for San Francisco this Thursday, May 19th to attend  West of West Wine Festival trade tasting at Presidio Golden Gate Club. Thirty eight producers from the West Sonoma … Continue reading WITIB? West of West Wine Festival | SF

Sunset Editor Irene Edwards greet her youngest readers (her children) at the Sunset Celebration Wekeend Media Green Room event, starring guest culinary chefs Cindy Pawlsyn  and Ludo Levebre.

The New Sunset | Cornerstone Sonoma | Sunset Celebration Weekend 2016

Welcome to binNotes | red thread™ Inspired stories about artisan wine, food and travel. by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML   Cornerstone Sonoma Sometimes change is good. Case in point: Sunset‘s sprawling New Outdoor Test Kitchen and Test Garden at Cornerstone Sonoma, scene of recent, flawlessly executed Sunset Celebration Weekend 2016. It’s a deliciously designed set-up, perfect for hosting a bevy of outdoor home and garden displays, Airstream Village, … Continue reading The New Sunset | Cornerstone Sonoma | Sunset Celebration Weekend 2016

Sample tasting menu from Willows Inn on Lummi Island.

Slouching Towards Lummi Island | Part 4 | Finding

Welcome to binNotes | red thread™ Inspired stories about food, wine and travel. by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML Slouching Towards Lummi Island Part 4 of 4: Finding Your moment of Lummi Island zen. Life on an island has its own rhythms. Rhythms tied to the tides, the seasons, the people. People return to Willows Inn on Lummi Island like salmon return to a favored … Continue reading Slouching Towards Lummi Island | Part 4 | Finding

Sunset Magazine's New Test Garden and Outdoor Kitchens at Cornerstone | Sonoma hosts the 18th Annual Sunset Celebration Weekend.

WITWIB? @CornerstoneSonoma | Sunset Celebration Weekend

  Welcome to binNotes | red thread™  Your source for inspired stories about artisan food, wine and travel. by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML binNotes | red thread™ heads home to Sonoma this weekend as a guest of Sunset Celebration Weekend at their Cornerstone | Sonoma New Test Garden and Outdoor Kitchen and Airstream ‘Village.’ Celebrating eighteen years of success, this two-day event  showcases some of the … Continue reading WITWIB? @CornerstoneSonoma | Sunset Celebration Weekend

Chef Blaine Wetzel in the Willows Inn on Lummi Island sustainable garden.

Slouching Towards Lummi Island |Part 3 | Foraging

Welcome to binNotes | red thread™ Inspired stories about artisan wine, food and travel. Slouching Towards Lummi Island by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML Part 3 of 4: Foraging Your moment of Lummi Island zen. The first thing you notice about The Willows Inn on Lummi Island is the quietude. No blaring music. No snappy kitchen prep banter. No rattle and crash of cookware. The … Continue reading Slouching Towards Lummi Island |Part 3 | Foraging

Image: Mike Grgich, Courtesy Grgich Hills Estate.

The Hedonistic Taster | № 3 | Grgich Hills Estate – Napa, CA.

The Hedonistic Taster |  № 3 by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML “Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, a binNotes | Red Thread™  trade sampling of artisan wine published every other Sunday each month. The title derives from the term ‘hedonistic tasting,’ coined by legendary Burgundian vigneron Henri Jayer. The Hedonistic Taster allows me … Continue reading The Hedonistic Taster | № 3 | Grgich Hills Estate – Napa, CA.