Value, vision and verve

Tales of the Cork is organized into three categories: California’s Central Coast, California’s Central Valley and Burgundy, France. In addition, expansion is planned in the future.

TalesoftheCork seeks to listen to the stories of those who have spent years in the art of crafting wine and food experiences. Often that will require a conversation with those who work behind the scenes to create a culinary experience.

In the months ahead, each category will house behind-the-scenes stories from chefs and viticulturists to sommeliers and wine merchants. Utilizing personal interviews with visionaries of gastronomy and wine making, Tales of the Cork will not only provide insight into the value, vision and verve of those who dream to create food and wine experiences, but will share inspiring stories that yet remain untold.

My dream intertwines with theirs. I long to learn from and be inspired by their struggles and ability to overcome obstacles. My dream is to build relationships and share the stories they are compelled to tell–stories that have shaped them and their community.

Salut!

Greg D. Stobbe

Welcome to Tales of the Cork

Welcome to Tales of the Cork. The vision of this blog is two-fold: 1) Introduce followers to inspiring stories as told by chefs, winemakers, sommeliers, and wine merchants in California and Burgundy, France. These tales are not meant to boast of their accomplishments but to share behind-the-scenes accounts of their journeys, both struggles and triumphs. 2) To provide travel tips, plans and opportunities for culinary food and wine adventures from California, including Paso Robles to Santa Barbara, and Burgundy, France.

At first, I will update the blog with bi-weekly posts on Tuesdays, beginning July 10, and Fridays, starting July 13, 2012. The vision is to move this to a five-time per week communication in the months to come. Future plans are to include Oregon wines and gastronomers as well as expanding into other regions of France. Tales of the Cork also welcomes comments, emails, tweets and suggestions for future stories and culinary adventures.

Thanks for visiting Tales of the Cork; I look forward to sharing wine, food and travel experiences with you.

Greg D. Stobbe

Tales of the cork

While the blog is still under construction, Tales of the Cork will uncover the stories behind the men and women of gastronomy and winemaking. The names may or may not be familiar but the behind the scenes anecdotes will be sure to inspire its readers. Along with the chefs and winemakers, this blog will also house restaurant and wine shop reviews.

This page will update as information becomes available.