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Napa in Newport raises $1 million

When Jack Wolf was eight years old he wanted to be an astronaut and explore space. But by 10, his reach was restrained. That’s when he lost the ability to walk and was confined to a wheel chair. Wolf is impacted by Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and Napa Valley vintners took [...]

By | March 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Cult Cab Substitutes

No need to spend the nest egg with this line-up of cabernet sauvignons. Here's a line-up of cabs with a palatable price tag. Louis M. Martini, 2014 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.8.% alcohol, $20. At this price point, this cab is surprisingly good with impressive structure and generous fruit. The [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

5 things to know for the upcoming Wine Road Barrel Tasting

#1) This is the 40th anniversary of the tasting, and the focus remains on the sneak preview of the barrel samples and the pure potential of these wines over time. Those who like what they taste will be inclined to purchase "futures" or barrel samples that require another 12 months [...]

By | February 20th, 2017|23 Comments

Pinot gris vs. pinot grigio

Did you know that pinot gris and pinot grigio are fraternal twins? While they’re made from the same white grape, they each have a distinct style of their own. Here’s all you need to know to keep your palate from getting confused: In Italy  the wine is known as pinot [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Tips for the vegetarian wine-lover

Celery Parsley Carrots Garlic Onions Vegetables What’s a vegetarian to do? Drink up, naturally, with as much gusto as carnivores. There are just a few pairing tips to keep in mind: 1)      Opt for white wines rather than big boy reds because they would overwhelm your veggie dish. [...]

By | February 7th, 2017|1 Comment

Slow cooker wines

This is the time of year that I am eternally grateful for my slow cooker because it’s like having a personal chef. Who wouldn’t want Siri in the kitchen? I do nothing but toss in the ingredients and wait for the magic to happen. Then I pair that simmering goodness [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|1 Comment

Sonoma County’s Korbel, Natural Inaugural Pick For 9th Time

Korbel Natural will be uncorked at the Inaugural Luncheon Friday in Statuary Hall located at the U.S. Capitol, following the public Swearing In Ceremony.

By | January 18th, 2017|84 Comments

Napa in Newport?

There’s a wine auction gaining momentum that reconfigures geography – placing Napa squarely in Newport Beach – at least for one day every year. Napa in Newport, now in its third year, is March 4 at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. More than 40 Napa vintners will be pouring their wines [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Who knew? Bubbly is as lethal as a Red Ryder BB Gun

The pressure inside a bottle of bubbly can launch a cork at 50 miles per hour and it can lead to serious eye injuries. The Red Ryder BB Gun is beginning to seem tame in comparison, eh? ”When a cork flies, you really have no time to react and protect [...]

By | December 27th, 2016|1 Comment

Test your wine IQ: Do you know when a wine is flawed?

Consider this 60-second alert your “flaw flash warning.” After you take our pop quiz, you’ll be able to sniff out a problem wine. True or False? A wine is flawed if it smells like: A)        band-aid? B)        barnyard? C)        wet, musty cardboard? D)   [...]

By | December 6th, 2016|0 Comments