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Zester Daily contributor David Baker is a writer and filmmaker living in Oregon wine country. He directed "American Wine Story," and his debut novel, "Vintage," about a washed-up food journalist's search for wine stolen by the Nazis in World War II, is now available in paperback from Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint.nited Kingdom.

Burgundian Caroline Parent-Gros, whose family has spent 14 generations in the wine business, believes the family's best wines are ahead of her. Credit: Copyright 2016 David Baker

They say you can never step into the same river twice, and I recognized the truth in this statement on a recent return to

Main photo: Critics call "Amélie" a "sugar-rush of a movie," so an obvious pairing for this vibrant romantic comedy is strawberry tart, chocolate espresso beans and Champagne. Credit: Copyright 2016 David Baker

In the spirit of Oscar season, I asked friends in the wine, food and film businesses a novel question: If you could design the

Sommelier David Speer recommends buying two to six bottles of a wine rather than a case; your tastes and menu will change over time and you want to remain flexible. Credit: Copyright 2015 David Baker

If you're like me, you love wine but you might not have the benefit of deep pockets or space for a well-stocked cellar. And

Oysters on ice with lemon. Credit: Copyright Serhiy Zavalnyuk/Thinkstock

"Oysters are the canaries in the coal mine," a fourth-generation oysterman once told me as we slogged across the mud flats of Willapa Bay

Art Tierce, assistant winemaker at Ransom Wine & Spirits, is also a mixologist who specializes in cocktails with rich, evocative flavors. Credit: Copyright 2015 David Baker

I've always felt that the best wine experiences can be divided into two categories: immersion and transportation. The former is a sip of Pinot in

Dan Pashman hopes his new book, "Eat More Better" will help everyone make and eat food they truly enjoy. Credit: Lilia Cretcher for "The Sporkful"

Dan Pashman didn't set out to make his living writing and talking about food. But with a popular podcast, a web video series and

Of his career switch from music to winemaking, Oregon's Scott Wright says, "I really had to do this." Credit: David Baker

On a Sunday night in May, Scott Wright arrived at his Carlton, Ore., winery to find flames shooting from the roof and smoke billowing