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Crowdfunding at the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction?

“Fund-the-Future” is the ultimate in crowdfunding, and this Kickstarteresque effort to raise money for literacy is certain to spiral into seven digits at Sunday’s Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction. This incarnation of crowdfunding happens, for the most part, under the white tent where the goodwill hoopla is infectious. Last year paddle-holders [...]

By | September 1st, 2015|0 Comments

“I don’t think the incident will keep African Americans from Wine Country, but it might keep them from the wine train.”

Mack Roach III, an African American wine enthusiast, said he’s concerned about the recent Napa Wine Train incident. The radiation oncologist at UCSF in San Francisco was just in Wine Country on Saturday. He joined 100 other African Americans at Vision Cellars’ Greens Cook Off. “I don’t think the incident will [...]

By | August 25th, 2015|0 Comments

Top five earthquake preparedness tips for vintners

Several vintners I spoke to weren’t affected by Sunday’s tremor – the 3.92-magnitude earthquake with its epicenter northeast of The Geysers. But this jolt, coupled with the one-year anniversary of the South Napa earthquake, has many vintners taking action. Here’s a short list of tips from vintners: 1)        Talk to [...]

By | August 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Beware. Green wine drinkers detest greenwashing.

Greenwashing? Greenwashing is the practice of just paying lip service to environmental issues, and for the record, Millennials loathe it. “They are always on the lookout for corporate hypocrisy,” according to Forbes magazine. How does this translate to the green wine drinker? I recently asked several of these green palates, [...]

By | August 18th, 2015|0 Comments

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