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Tasting with Reidel glass expert Sylvie Laly in Napa this morning I learnt how to remove those stuborn lipstick stains from the rims of those lovely crystal glasses. Wipe them with a wet wipe before popping them in your glass washer. Easy!

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She becomes a Californian Blonde!

Marilyn Munroe look alike Paula transformed me in her discreet Healdsburg salon ready to attack the Northern Californian food and wine scene.

Northern California seems to be the pantry of America. Healdsburg is like a food wonderland: one specialty food store, market, restaurants coffee shop and wine lounge next to another.

First stop Ralph’s bistro on the Plaza www.bistroralph.com and then Zin http://www.zinrestaurant.com for their famous burgers and deep fried French beans – French fries, French beans – they must think the French deep fry everything !!!

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An Epiphany

Just when you have made all your new resolutions to eat and drink wisely after the festive season’s excess the French have another excuse for over indulgence : La Galette des Rois. Celebrating Epiphany with a choice of delicious cakes, either a Galette Parisenne (butter puff pastry filled with almond cream) or a brioche ring decorated with sugar and candied fruit to celebrate 12th night.
But what to drink which such a delight? To find out we spent the afternoon tasting a range of Bordeaux wines from the ‘by the glass list’ at the Bordeaux Wine Bar with our Galette Parisienne.
Our 3 best were : Clos du Château de Cadillac AOC Cadillac 2005, Château Cantelys Pessac Léognan 2003 and the Lateyron Paulian Crémant de Bordeaux NV.
The Crémant de Bordeaux was voted best match – one of Bordeaux’s best kept secrets, but the Château Cantelys, from the Smith Haut Lafitte stable, was a close contender and voted the best wine.

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