On Heritage, Honey…and Judgement

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:

Pascal Brooks.
Image: ©L.M. Archer.


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.

Getting the buzz on bees from Emily Bondor of Santa Cruz Bee Company and Hum & Hive co-owner Gary Maricich. Images: ©L.M. Archer


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.

International Chocolate Salon 2018 standouts: Basel Bazlamit of Basel B Inc. Chocolate & Confections, Shannon and Wlady Grochowski of La Ch√Ętelaine Chocolat, and Karla McNeil-Rueda of Cru Chocolate.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Images: ¬©L.M. Archer


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!

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