Smoke taint in the wine? With the 2008 reds coming onto the market, people are wondering how many of the wines took a hit from the 2008 massive fires. At least that’s the word on the street.
With an eye to the Fourth, the Press Democrat organized a tasting to find some “burger reds” under $20. The victor? You’ll find out when we post and publish this week’s tasting grid.
Identity crisis? Richard Arrowood is the latest to leave his namesake. He’s opting out of his long-term gig at Arrowood Vineyards & Winery in Glen Ellen to focus on his newest venture, Amapola Creek.
The decadence at last Saturday's Auction Napa Valley can be summed up in one image: the swanky Austin Healey sports car parked on the lawn of Meadowood Resort.
What will Auction Napa Valley reel in this year? "Honestly, we don't know what the outcome will be," said Terry Hall, who heads the public relations for the Napa Vintners Association, organizers of the auction. Whatever the case, Hall said organizers aren't concerned because of their "5 x 5 Community Promise."
Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet is at Taste Napa Valley in Rutherford today sipping wine and imaging how it would taste with a big, honking steak. “I’m a new wine drinker,” he said. “I really only drink it with food and I’m a carnivore so whatever goes great with steak works.”
With more than 30 wines by the glass, Christy's on the Square is one stop sipping. And for the eco-conscious palate, Christy's expects to soon have wine on tap from environmentally-friendly 5 gallon casks.
Bruce Cohn, manager of the Dobbie Brothers and owner of B.R. Cohn Winery, has produced 2008 Doobie Red in memory of long time drummer Keith Knudsen.
Vintage musicians -- Crosby, Stills & Nash. Over the weekend I went to the Sonoma Jazz + concert to see Crosby Stills & Nash and the vintage musicians paired well with the Gundlach Bundschu zinfandel I was drinking.
Vegan wines? I never knew there was a demand for Vegan wines but living in Northern California’s true food Mecca, I shouldn’t have been so surprised.