Rise Up Sonoma raises $550,000

Sunday’s Rise Up Sonoma event raised 550,000 for people who are suffering from the worst firestorm in California’s history, killing 24 people in Sonoma County, leaving thousands homeless, and the landscape scarred. The challenges ahead for those affected already have organizers talking about planning an event for next year. As [...]

By | December 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Wine Country, scarred but resilient

Luther Burbank’s “chosen spot in all the world” is showing its resilience in the aftermath of the wildfires. The land, ribbed with vineyards, is scarred but people in this agrarian culture of ours are already rebuilding. And here’s what’s giving us a fighting chance: we are inhabited by winemakers who [...]

By | November 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Living in limbo has become the new normal

  The other day I leapt out of bed after seeing what I thought were flames on a mountain ridge in the not so distant sky. Luckily, I was mistaken. The raging fire I imagined was a harmless orange sun rising in the sky. "I'm jumpy," I told my husband. [...]

By | October 16th, 2017|3 Comments

One mayor in Italy knows how to draw a crowd with vino.


By | October 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Jordan Winery celebrates Cabernet with Ed Sheeran parody

To celebrate the cabernet harvest, Jordan Winery released parody video, “Shape of Cab.”

By | September 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Highlights from Sonoma County Wine Auction

Saturday’s spiraling bids raised a record-breaking $5.2 million in a single afternoon. To capture the color – the fashion, the humor, the bidding mentality – peruse this list of “bests,” from best television personality, to best setting, to best treats. For those who went to the auction and for the curious who didn’t, here are some snapshots.

By | September 18th, 2017|0 Comments

At the Paulee dinner, long-winded sipping is tradition

This Francophile is looking forward to the Russian River Valley’s Paulee dinner on Friday. This feast, fashioned after the traditional harvest dinner in Burgundy, is a rare treat because it’s custom for everyone to bring a bottle of wine to share. And it’s not just any wine. These bottlings, more [...]

By | August 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Cutting-edge wine research uncorked

The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University recently reeled in people from the far reaches of the world when it hosted its 10th annual Academy of Business Research Conference. The countries represented include Austria, China, and France, among others. In the following Q&A, Dr. Liz Thach gives her feedback [...]

By | August 21st, 2017|0 Comments

When the moon blots out the sun, what will you be drinking?

Vintners bottle wine for all occasions and the solar eclipse is no exception. One bottling I’ve come across is the 7 Moons Red Blend, vintage 2015, $13. You’ll have to drink at your own risk; I’ve not tasted this eclipse red, but here are the winemaker’s tasting notes: “7 Moons [...]

By | August 21st, 2017|0 Comments

POP QUIZ: What’s behind the new rollout for the Sonoma County Wine Auction?

ANSWER: Fundraising smarts. Last year’s Honorary Co-Chair Dan Kosta said changes were afoot because having the auction on Labor Day Weekend prevented too many family-oriented would-be-bidders with deep pockets from coming. For years these potential bidders opted to stay home and celebrate the three-day holiday weekend with their children. After [...]

By | July 21st, 2017|0 Comments