The Blanc de Blancs 2015 from Frank Family Vineyards is a festival of flavors and finesse

The 2015 Blanc de Blancs from Frank Family Vineyards is a delightfully delicious sparkling wine. Made in the style of the Champagne method, it has everything a good sparkling wine needs: festive bubbles, lots of flavor and great finesse and quality.

One always needs a bottle of bubbles on hand for special celebrations, and this 2015 Carneros Blanc de Blancs ($55) fits the bill. What would life be without a glass of sparkling wine?
Frank Family Vineyards has a beautiful tasting room in the winery’s original yellow artisan house. It has been voted “Best Napa Winery” by the Bay Area A-List eight years in a row.
On your next trip to Napa, don’t miss this one. Their motto is “Great Wine Happens Every Day”, and I wholeheartedly agree.
Frank Family Vineyards, 1091 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga. 707-942-0859.

Brewed coffee

Steeped Coffee, a Santa Cruz-based coffee bag maker, is teaming up with Emmy Award-winning chef Nick Stellino to launch its Nick Stellino Fair Trade Certified Italian Coffee, an organic medium/dark roast blend.
“This coffee is taken sip by sip and savored with a smile on your face,” says Stellino. Steeped Coffee’s handy little bags of great tasting coffee are perfect for travel, camping trips and more. I use these at home when I want a quick, hearty brew. All you need is a cup and hot water to pour over the bag. Here is! You have an excellent cup of fresh coffee!

La Selva Beach Spice Company

We have a spice company right on our doorstep, La Selva Beach Spice Company. I recently purchased a large bag of turmeric powder and noticed it was locally packaged. The company also packages pure ancient Himalayan sea salt, ginger powder, chili flakes, peppercorns and other types of seasonings. This family business claims to use “all natural ingredients, no gross stuff”. Good to know, and spicy news, indeed!
La Selva Beach Spice Company, 453 McQuaide Drive, Watsonville. 831-724-4500;

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