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Wine and the politics of Holiday Feasts

Every year, without fail, there’s someone at the Holiday table with the wrong politics. It begins as an annoyance, a nuisance, an irritation. But if the conversation goes on too long it becomes a full on debate and then a filibuster. Wine, thankfully, can be used as way to change [...]

By | December 14th, 2015|0 Comments

“SOMM: Into the Bottle” premiere– why sommeliers have a story to tell

The SOMM sequel kicked off of the Napa Valley Film Festival, and 750 people were packed in Napa’s Uptown Theater to see what boy genius Jason Wise had come up with next for oenophiles. Wise said part of the impetus for making the sequel was to satisfy those who felt [...]

By | November 12th, 2015|0 Comments

Catch Sonoma County’s Geoff Kruth on new wine-themed reality TV show ‘Uncorked”

Sonoma County's Geoff Kruth takes viewers into the grueling world of wanna-be sommeliers in "Uncorked," a new reality television show premiering on the Esquire Network on Tuesday, Nov. 10. This six-episode series follows a group of talented sommeliers (Jack Mason, Yannick Benjamin, Jane Lopes, Dana Gaiser, Josh Nadel and  Morgan [...]

By | November 6th, 2015|0 Comments

Wine picks in case of a zombie apocalypse.

If you watch the hit television series “Walking Dead,” you don’t have to imagine a zombie apocalypse. All you need to do is ask yourself this question: Do I have the right wines stashed for one? Personal Wine (www.personalwine.com) is offering its four-bottle series, and then I’ll tell you about [...]

By | October 29th, 2015|0 Comments

The new “Wine Bible” is on the market today.

At 1,000 pages, this is one of the most comprehensive books on wine you’ll ever come across. It’s also a great read because author Karen MacNeil isn’t just a great reporter, she’s a writer who knows her craft. MacNeil’s line about chardonnay, for example, is: “It’s the Marilyn Monroe of [...]

By | October 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Bottled tricks or treats for Halloween

Halloween enthusiasts love tricks or treats – especially when they’re bottled. Here are a few great trick bottlings: A Halloween staple is the Poizin brand encased in a wooden coffin. It’s produced by Healdsburg’s Armida Winery and it has a great sense of humor. Uncorking this brand has become a [...]

By | October 9th, 2015|0 Comments

Gin and tonic, Laurel & Hardy … but tomatoes and wine?

Tomatoes, it seems, have a bullhorn of screeching acid, which makes a wine pairing seem like the odd couple. But there are ways to tame the acid and this past weekend at Kendall-Jackson’s Tomato Festival two savvy tomato-tamers revealed their tricks. K-J Winemaster Randy Ullom and chef Zoi Antonitsas shared [...]

By | September 29th, 2015|0 Comments

Francis Ford Coppola unveils new name for the former Geyser Peak Winery

Francis Ford Coppola. (Photo: Featureflash / Shutterstock.com) The Academy Award-winning director, best known for his Godfather series and Apocalypse Now, looked at the Today Show crew and joked “Who’s the director here? I’m the actor today.” Once Coppola was given his cue, he unveiled the new name of [...]

By | September 24th, 2015|0 Comments

The Best of the Best at the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction

At Sunday’s Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction bidders were giddy with goodwill, raising a record-breaking $4.5 million. To capture the color of the auction – the fashion, the humor, the bidding mentality – here’s this year’s list of “bests,” from best dressed, to best lot, to best quote. For those who [...]

By | September 7th, 2015|0 Comments

The Face behind Fund-the-Future

Meet Briana Lara. The eight-year-old wears jeans, pink sneakers with yellow laces and a t-shirt that says: “Keep Calm and Shine On.” When she smiles, she surprises you with dimples. Briana is one among many in Sonoma County benefiting from Fund-The-Future, the group lot that raised a record-breaking $1.7 million [...]

By | September 4th, 2015|0 Comments