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Sofia Coppola wouldn’t budge

Sofia Coppola wouldn’t budge. The daughter of the Academy Award-winning director Francis Ford Coppola was in Wine Country this week to host a special screening of “Lost in Translation,” but she wouldn’t tell what words were exchanged between the two main characters at the end of the film.… Read More »

Napa and Naples fundraising cachet

Auction Napa Valley’s Florida cousin – the Naples Winter Wine Festival – recently reeled in $12.5 million at its live auction. As you recall the Napa auction raised $14.3 million last June under its white tent, which means it continues to hold the title of most successful wine charity auction in the world – at least for another year.… Read More »

Ron Rubin to be honored at the Fancy Food Show

Ron Rubin, who playfully calls himself “The Minister of Tea, was chosen in the Business Leadership Category by the Specialty Food Association and Specialty Food Magazine in their second annual Leadership Awards. The winners in this category will be honored during a ceremony at the Fancy Food Show this Sunday. For a list of all the winners and details about the ceremony, visit http://www.specialtyfood.com/… Read More »

A Q&A with a revered sparkling wine producer

Eileen Crane of Domaine Carneros is the producer behind the striking brut featured this week – the Domaine Carneros by Taittinger, 2009 Brut, 12 percent, $32. Q: What happens behind the scenes to make this brut a standout? A: What we do to make our brut a standout is first of all grow our own grapes from selected clones and then do everything in our power to handle those grapes as perfectly as possible. The Brut vintage 2009 is made… Read More »