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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 »

Holiday guests? Take them on a sparkling tour of Wine Country

J Vineyards & Winery in Healdsburg is great spot to begin for sparkling wine-lovers because the Bubble Room is pure decadence. It has a three-course wine and food tasting that currently includes a line-up of bubbles paired with risotto, mixed greens, a pork dish, a goat cheese mousse and chocolate pudding peanut butter and banana. Crazy fun, right? (J, 11447 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 431-5430, jwine.com.) What follows are other places to consider when making your itinerary… Read More »