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Insider tip for the everyday wine drinker

A friend I know said he routinely checks over the wine merchandise at the Grocery Outlet on Fourth Street in Santa Rosa. He tells me it's the best way to keep the economics of being an everyday wine drinker in check. When I stopped in I was surprised by the [...]

By | August 14th, 2015|0 Comments

Request: Tips for how to best enjoy the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

With the event quickly approaching – Sept. 4-6- the vintners are no doubt prepping for their zany auction skits, and we’re preparing too. We’re working on a story that will give people the best “insider’s guide” for the weekend events. We’re asking you to lend a hand by sending your [...]

By | August 11th, 2015|0 Comments

Early harvest points to a bizarre year

As the pick begins in Northern California’s Wine Country, winegrowers reveal what’s behind it: a peculiar year. Andy Smith, winegrower and co-owner of DuMol Vineyard & Winery in Santa Rosa, said “It’s been a very strange year … the season never settled into a consistent weather pattern.” On Aug. 19 [...]

By | August 5th, 2015|0 Comments

The Rocky fire and a potential minor casualty — grapes from smoke taint

As the Rocky fire rages, vintner Ryan Zepaltas is tracking its every move; he wants to make sure the Lake County vineyard he sources fruit from is not in its path. So far the 20-acre vineyard of sauvignon blanc grapes hasn’t gone up in flames. But the vines could still [...]

By | August 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

Not a Trust Fund Baby? Make wine anyway

If there were really a God, wouldn’t the Almighty tell us to chase our dreams and then cut a check to cover the costs? Well that divine check hasn’t come yet for many of us, including some vintners. With Wine Country’s recent flurry of buyouts from the cash strapped, it [...]

By | July 29th, 2015|0 Comments

The Bohemian Grove’s appetite for eats and drinks

The cadre of America’s wealthiest men gathered at the Bohemian Grove are fans of local. “Typically if it’s not local, they don’t want it,” said John Haggard, the owner and wine buyer of Sophie’s Cellars in Duncan Mills. Haggard knows the whims of these highbrow campers because this year he [...]

By | July 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Can you bottle the wind?

The inaugural Wind to Wine Festival Grand Tasting is Aug. 8, and it will give people a chance to sniff and sip the wind, if they’re so inclined. Before we delve into the particulars about how wind can shape a terroir, here are the details about the upcoming event: The [...]

By | July 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Hot new rosé event not-to-be missed

Do you have rosé-colored glasses? It appears Americans – across the board – do. Rosé is one of the hottest bottlings, experiencing unprecedented growth. According to Nielsen, rosé increased sales nationally by 40.5% in the last 4 weeks, and 34.7% over this time last year. With this rosé mania in mind, enthusiasts won’t want [...]

By | July 10th, 2015|0 Comments

Auction Napa Valley, the Best of the Best

Surprise was the hot commodity at this year’s Auction Napa Valley, with John Legend taking the stage and performing “All of Me.” Expressions on people’s faces shifted from shock to delight. To capture the color of the auction weekend – the hijinks, the humor, the bidding mentality – here’s this [...]

By | June 6th, 2015|0 Comments

Casting Call for a ROCK STAR Winemaker

Word just in … the new Real Reality T.V. Show "Best Bottle" is looking for winemakers – established and aspiring -- who can show their mettle and make the tastiest wine. First season is California vs. Oregon where two teams compete against each other to find America's new Rock-Star Winemaker. [...]

By | June 3rd, 2015|0 Comments