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jim white
Napa Valley, California
A former foreign correspondent in Africa, I have been a food and wine writer 40 years. Twice I was named "Best Food Writer in North America," by a panel of peers. In 1982, I earned the award for a series of 30 articles I wrote as one of the first western food writers to uncover the tasty dishes of post-Maoist China.
Interests: Food, wine, chocolate, Madeira, oh, and did I mention wine and food?
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Wine critic and flamboyant wine-marketer James Suckling boasts that he and his tiny team taste 25,000 wines a year. That’s 68 bottles a day, day after day, even on Thanksgiving and Christmas. That’s also asinine. In his wine-tasting hey-day, Robert... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2020 at napaman.com
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If you are a resident of Napa Valley… or an occasional visitor here… chances are that you have driven by Bunny Foo Foo, the 35-foot tall, stainless-steel sculpture that highlights the roadside vineyard of Hall Winery, in St. Helena. For... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2020 at napaman.com
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What a sad day for us — and what a tragic loss for San Francisco…. one of my very favorite restaurants anywhere has just announced that it is closing for good. The House, a sensational Asian-fusion restaurant, on Grant Ave.,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2020 at napaman.com
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In order to keep things “new” and happening during our mandated Shelter In Place, I headed to the stores, masked and gloved, twice in the last 60 days to discover new edible treats. Several products have been so addictive, such... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2020 at napaman.com
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Like so many families mandated to stay at home to side-step the coronavirus, we have taken the time to perfect old family recipes and try new ones. What else is there to do after you’ve seen every movie on Netflix?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2020 at napaman.com
My wife, Carol, a former food editor and cookbook author, is one of the best home cooks I’ve ever known (lucky me!). Of all the dishes she’s developed and served to guests in our home, Tuscan Beans is the single... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2020 at napaman.com
As readers of this column are likely to become Newbies to the world of quarantine, let me share some discoveries now that my wife Carol and I are in Week Three of our self-imposed house confinement (with daily walks in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at napaman.com
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What do cauliflower, coconut, gluten-free breads, plant-based snacks, and bison jerky have in common? They are all on display at the 45th Fancy Food Show, in San Francisco, this week. And they are all hot trends in the food world.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2020 at napaman.com
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A compendium of Napaman's best wines of 2019 Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at napaman.com
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From an original photograph by Napaman. “Alma de la Tierra,” which means “Soul of the Earth,” celebrates life in the vineyards. If you’ve followed Napaman for the past 10 years, you have only occasionally found a story about me. Ninety-nine... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 at napaman.com
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As a restaurant critic, I had to try a different restaurant every night, rarely returning to a place simply because I liked it. Now I enjoy the comfort of several special restaurants in Napa Valley where I have eaten more than 500 times. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2019 at napaman.com
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A recipe for the tastiest version of a Spanish Gin Tonic that I have ever had. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at napaman.com
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One of my favorite poets of all time wrote one of my favorite poems of all time. The poet is Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Godfather of the Beat Generation, whose bookstore, City Lights, in San Francisco, has been a beacon to all... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at napaman.com
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It is rare for napaman (that’s me!) to crow about my own achievements in this space; my site is typically a forum for superlative wine and food discoveries in Napa Valley and beyond. But such a wonderful, personal, thing happened... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at napaman.com
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A review of napaman's favorite wines of 2018. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at napaman.com
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Vive la révolution! Under the direction of new winery President, Cleo Pahlmeyer, daughter of founder Jayson Pahlmeyer, there is a slow, subtle tweak coming to one of Napa Valley’s premiere cult wines, Pahlmeyer. Successfully tweaking the personality and profile of... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2018 at napaman.com
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We opened, on average, more than 1.5 bottles a night this year, which means we drank 550 bottles; we probably bought another 50 in restaurants; we probably attended tastings, professionally and in winemaker’s homes, and drank another 150 wines. So,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at napaman.com
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This could be the ultimate wine tasting experience – Napa Valley’s Signorello Estate, damaged in last month’s catastrophic wild fire, has determined that while it rebuilds, it will bring its phenomenal food-wine pairing event to your home – to any... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at napaman.com
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I've known about my "latest" wine discovery for 10 years and am just now revealing it -- one of my favorite Cabernets of Napa Valley! Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at napaman.com
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The smiling man above is Ray Signorello Jr., an energetic, passionate, friendly guy who just happens to produce exceptional wines, which I’d never tasted until this week. I ask myself how is this possible? I have driven by the main... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at napaman.com
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The photo that started it all. Last week, I drove through Berkeley and stopped at one of my favorite lunch spots, Iyasare, which serves a trendy (and did I say very tasty?) version of Japanese cuisine with a California touch.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at napaman.com
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The Island of Madeira -- Thirteen intrepid wine enthusiasts boarded planes last week and flew to this tiny island in the mid-Atlantic to discover, learn about, and taste some of the world’s rarest wines – some of them 150-years-old and... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at napaman.com
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An overview of the best wines which napaman had the pleasure to taste in 2016. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2016 at napaman.com
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A round up of napaman's favorite restaurants in 2016. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at napaman.com
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That’s an anagram above – the letters of “Mel Taub” rearranged to spell “Mutable.” Mel Taub Anagrams are the key to solving my favorite-ever crossword puzzles, the ones on which I grew up, created by a remarkable wordsmith, Mel Taub.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at napaman.com