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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?
Recent Activity
It is not only THE BEST wine tasting in Napa Valley. It just may be THE BEST wine tasting anywhere in the world. For sure, it is unique, original, one-of-a-kind. The kind of thing that makes headlines. Everyone complains these... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2023 at
Ok, listen up. This is a story about a Yountville winery producing some of the very best Cabernets in Napa Valley. Blankiet Estate Cabs are not well known, which is surprising, given how elegant, balanced, and sensual they are. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2023 at
Like big game hunters, I went on a safari last week, but with the intention of bagging some memorable Scotch whiskies, not whiskered trophies. Aiming to break out of our pandemic mindset in a burst of alcoholic glory, the missus... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2022 at
We assembled a small, professional but edgy, group last night to break out of our pandemic torpor. Sort of the equivalent of kissing a slumbering princess who has been in a coma for 2+ years, but in the case of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2022 at
jim white is now following James Kramer
Jul 24, 2021
The Goldfinch Tavern in the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle serves, quite simply, the best burger that I have ever had. And this praise does not come lightly. I traveled the world as a restaurant critic for one of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2021 at
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A compendium of Napaman's best wines of 2019 Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at
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
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
A recipe for the tastiest version of a Spanish Gin Tonic that I have ever had. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at
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
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
A review of napaman's favorite wines of 2018. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at
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
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
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
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