There’s a wine tasting in the offing that courts the exotic, which makes it a bit mysterious, giving it Raymond Chandler intrigue, Before I tell you the back story, pen this date in your calendar – May 11th – for what is being billed as “The Seven Percent Solution Tasting.”
Randall Grahm, the zany Rhone Ranger tells all. In our Q&A, Grahm has plenty to say about the state of Rhone varietals on American turf, off beat packaging and why he suspects he’s not really a maverick even though the world sees him as one.
With the Wine Road Barrel Tasting in full swing this weekend, you're no doubt working up your itinerary. A word of advice: One not-to-be-missed winery is Ancient Oak Cellars right in downtown Santa Rosa. You recall, this is the bold and audacious winery that decided to plant its tasting room right in a retail store -- Corrick's Stationery & Gifts at 637 4th St.
The founder of Sebastopol’s Merry Edwards Winery said she thinks the main reason she was inducted into this year’s Vintners Hall of Fame is because “I never gave up, even in the face of adversity towards my gender.”
The founder of the Wine Advocate, now in its 36th year, is the first wine critic to be inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was Monday at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena. Parker couldn’t make it because of a bad back, but he joked in a telephone interview that wine critics are a “necessary evil” for wineries and said he suspects he was a controversial pick.
It's home stretch for Pliny the Younger. The last 10-ounce glass of the cult-classic ale will likely be poured around 6 p.m. on Thursday. At least that’s the thinking of Natalie Cilurzo, co-owner of the Russian River Brewing Company.
Or is the new branding of Sonoma Valley just an attempt to capture more of the $7 million that tourists bring to Sonoma County each year? Right now Sonoma Valley reels in about $1 million and the people behind the new branding are up front about wanting a bigger piece [...]
Kudos to Dick Arrowood for making such a hot shot cab. His Amapola Creek, 2008 Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is striking.
This is the 56th Inaugural in America and we have plenty to celebrate: Peace. Most of us take it for granted that in our country power has always and continues to be transferred peacefully. So whether you’re from a red state or a blue one, this is truly something worth celebrating.
Gina Gallo. And the most powerful woman in wine is ... Gina Gallo. That’s according to www.thedrinksbusiness.com. Today the online publication released the final, top 10 of the chosen 50, putting the 45-year old Gallo at the top of its list.