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Carousel Candeo: Burning Man Art 2016

August 24, 2016


Every year Burning Man inspires people to make art. At first it was hundreds of people because back then there were only hundreds of people attending the event.

Read about 1992 when only 600 people attended Burning Man: The Shadow Grows

But now thousands of people attend Burning Man which means there are thousands of art projects scattered across the face of the desert, beckoning us to go yonder like a mirage except a mirage it is not: there are wild and crazy sights to be seen day and night on the open playa as well as within the streets of Black Rock City.

Get a sense of “The Places You’ll Go” at Burning Man and what this “Home” is like.

Last year, Ventura County CA artist Deniz Nichole made her first trek to the Black Rock Desert to attend Burning Man.

Soon the pyropainter was inspired to return with her own work of art, a work of art that would inspire as she has been inspired, a work of art that would be collaborative and colorful, playful and pyropainted, a painting technique that she has honed over time through sometimes dangerous experiments where she exposes pigments to flame and captures the resultant molten images on glass.


Deniz came up with what she calls “Carousel Candeo” Read more…

Happy Belated Albarino Day and more from Twisted Oak Winery!

August 11, 2016

I get “twisted” when my journey in wine from the greater Sacramento delta region and Sierra foothills continues at Twisted Oak after a 54 day backpack in the high Sierra! Read why you should get twisted too!

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IMG_8316 (1) the Twisted Oak frikken enjoys Albarino

How did I miss Albarino Day–and the accompanying festivities which stretched for a week?

Because as much as I love Albarino, the food friendly white originally from Galicia Spain, I had a good reason–I was backpacking in a remote area of Yosemite National Park and had no cell or internet access!


But I made up for it! On my way from Yosemite to the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, I parked my van first at Twisted Oak Winery, located in the Sierra foothills near Murphys and specializing in Iberian wines like Albarino!

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Off to the Internat’l Food Bloggers Conference in Sacto & WBC Lodi!

July 29, 2016

As the summer draws to a close, before I head back to teaching, I’m attending two bloggers conferences, one on food and one on wine, where I will have the opportunity to share some ideas about wine, food, and writing! I’ll mostly be blogging about these on Wine Predator, with the occasional reblog here. I’m also hitting the trail — The Pacific Crest Trail is the plan to re-hike a Sierra section that I hiked 30 years ago! Now to finish packing and hit the road! This blog posts includes a few tips on how to pair wine and food as well as some tasting notes about two very wonderful Lodi area wines from Cantara Cellars.

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This has been a wonderful summer to learn about wine– and food! This summer I’ve experienced

  • Cusumano wine from Sicily with Sicilian food at Sotto in LA
  • Justin wine and food at the winery’s restaurant where they only offer a five course tasting menu with pairings
  • Rhone food and wine at their event and the meal that Sue prepared at home to pair with Rhone wines
  • Italian food and wine CHEESE vegetarian dinner dinner that Sue prepared
  • South African wine and food that Sue researched and prepared for August’s Wine Pairing Weekend post
    and more!

And now I’m headed to the International Food Bloggers Conference in Sacramento with great food of course and wine too. Then I attend the Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi which, believe it or not, has even better food and lots more wine!


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Celebrating National Wine and Cheese Day the Italian Veggie Way

July 25, 2016

Cheers with Italian wine to National Wine and Cheese Day! Check out the 6 wines we paired with an Italian meal: cheese plate, salad, lasagne, pizza, and dessert!

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When Que Syrah Sue and I heard that Monday, July 25 is National Wine and Cheese Day, we immediately thought of Italian food!

What goes better with a cheesy pizza or lasagna than a nice red wine like a Chianti or Nero d’Avola? Or a Grillo or Grechetto with a green salad spiced up with cheese? And what about dessert? Tiramisu and cannoli with a Muscato, anyone? And we can’t forget Prosecco! 

Learn more about Italian wine Tuesdays in August from 6-7pm PST on Twitter with #WineStudio! Details below.

As we talked and Sue, who is half Italian, developed the menu for an Italian wine dinner focused on cheese, we then decided to go vegetarian. Who needs meat when you’re having this much cheese?

Our Italian cheeses for National Wine and Cheese Day Mon. July 25, 2016:

creamy Toscana with black pepper, formaggio lagorai, Italian truffle cheese, pecorino Romano, fresh…

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National Tequila Day: Try This Super Summer Sipper

July 24, 2016

Happy National Tequila Day! What’s YOUR favorite tequila? Cheers

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While this blog is called “WINE PREDATOR,” I am definitely ALSO on the prowl for spirits! And one of my favorites is TEQUILA.


And while I bet you thought that May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) was National Tequila Day…

because Cinco De Mayo is a day where a lot if us, myself included, take a moment to enjoy tequila, the truth is that July 24, for some inexplicable reason, is National Tequila Day.

And in case you were wondering, National Margarita Day is Feb. 22.

So today I have for you a bit of tequila history, a few fine tequila, and one of my favorite tequila cocktails to make at home.

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Summer Music: From Surf Rodeo to Baaba Maal to Thao and the Get Down to Ianna

July 16, 2016


Summer is such a fun time for free and low-cost outdoor concerts!

And this coming week is exceptional!

Here are a few highlights for Art Predator: Baabal Maal at the Annenberg in Century City (LA) Saturday July 16, Surf Rodeo on the beach in Ventura Saturday and Sunday July 16 and 17, and Thao and the Get Down Stay Down at the Skirball Center, LA on Thursday July 21. Read on to find out why!

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Guess Who Is Speaking at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi? Art and Wine Predator!

July 8, 2016


I’m very excited to announce that my proposal to speak at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi has been accepted! Check out my wine blog, Wine Predator.

Ten bloggers will speak for five minutes each in a session called “Wine Blogger Reports” about a different aspect of blogging with the intention of inspiring our fellow bloggers.

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The Swirling Dervish

Wine Stories, Food Pairings, and Life Adventures


My humble wine blog

Dracaena Wines

Our Wines + Your Moments = Great Memories


a reason for wine


A Branch off the True Vine


Fine Finger Lakes Wines

Outlaw Soaps: Exciting soaps for adventurous people.

Exciting soaps for adventurous people

Drifting Through My Open Mind

Random thoughts and musings


Quartz is a digitally native news outlet for the new global economy.

Absent. Mind

Eyes betray the soul and bare it's thinking, So Sunglasses I shall Wear.


Your Coop of tea.

Internal Truth Crusade

"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often" -Winston Churchill

Art Attack

Discovering art in everything

Sonya Huber

books, essays, etc.



The Weekly Sift

making sense of the news one week at a time

Your Well Wisher Program

Attempt to solve commonly known problems…

poor mexican gone

Yesterday's stories shed light on the way forward


A Song in Every Glass


Has a Hard Time Staying Home


Mile 445: Hitched in Her Hiking Boots coming Summer 2016


Discover Your Yes

McShap Pacific Crest Trail Journal

Patti McCarthy & Lynn Shapiro's Adventures Along the Pacific Crest Trail

Cruise Hikes

Long Distance Hiking Adventures

"Where Business Meets Humanity"

Laura Grace Weldon

Free Range Learning, Creative Living, Gentle Encouragement, Big Questions, Poetry, Occasional Drollery

From Insults To Respect

A Guide To Anger And Conflict Resolution


Business Coaching · Project Advisor · Startup Advisor

Burners.Me: Me, Burners and The Man

Where our opinions, Burner culture, and Burning Man come together

Traveling Wine Chick

Purveyor and Curator of Travel and Wine Experiences

L'esprit de Vin

A wine blog with food for thought...

The Wine Wankers

G’day, you’re at the best wine blog ever! We're all about wine; without the wankery.

Wine Verbiage

verbiage about wine & life


Follow our 2,650 mile migration from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail

Small Epiphanies


Paul's Therapeutic Reflections

Thoughts about writing about thinking

Myth Girl

"Follow Your Bliss."

the drunken cyclist

I have three passions: wine, cycling, travel, family, and math.


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