The latest player to get serious about wine

For those looking for deals at $1.99 and up, the Grocery Outlet in Santa Rosa offers plenty to peruse. It has expanded its wine department and now has more than 500 labels. The Grocery Outlet is the latest to join the ranks of other area grocery stores who take wine [...]

By | April 10th, 2015|0 Comments

The Story Behind Syrah du Soleil

Vintner Barry Collier lost his wife Sue in 2007, but he’s bottled her memory in Syrah du Soleil. This Thursday Collier will give a check for $10,000 to the Forbes Norris ALS Research Center in San Francisco. He’ll also pour the wine named after Sue which was responsible for raising [...]

By | April 6th, 2015|0 Comments

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? James Beard Award-winning Chefs

Hamel Family Wines is hosting a dinner April 25 that will feature the caloric magic of five James Beard Award-winning chefs. If you’re wondering how to get a ticket to this decadent, six-course dinner at this sleek Sonoma winery, forget it. It was an auction lot and, I might add, [...]

By | April 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

How Many Rabbis Does It Take To Make A Kosher Wine?

One. But that rabbi comes with a whole lot of rules. A rabbi oversees the production of kosher wine to make sure they uphold Jewish dietary law. Most kosher wines require kosher ingredients, the use of rabbinically-certified equipment, and to be handled from vine to glass by Sabbath-observant Jews. For [...]

By | March 31st, 2015|0 Comments

Boost Your Wine IQ in 60 Seconds: Gruner Veltliner

We know you’re living life on the run, but this Austrian grape varietal is definitely worth a minute of your time. While 30-plus grape varieties are grown in Austria, gruner veltliner is the one to keep your eye on. It’s the highest quality and Austrians devote the most vineyard acreage [...]

By | March 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Ancient Oak Cellars Has Moved

The winery made headlines in 2012 when it became the first tasting room in downtown Santa Rosa. But after nearly three years in Corrick’s Stationery Store on 4th St., the tasting room has new digs down the block in the Downtown Deli. Ancient Oak Cellars purchased the deli at 621 [...]

By | March 25th, 2015|0 Comments

What Is Your Dawn Wall?

Rock climber Kevin Jorgeson is now a household name in Wine Country, the local hero. The man who free climbed the 3,000 foot Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park will be asking you: “What is your Dawn Wall?” That is if you show up at the Earth [...]

By | March 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Sixty Seconds to Boost Your Wine IQ.

Do you turn your nose up to pink wine? If you do, shame on you and your prejudiced palate. This week the Press Democrat’s Blind Tasting features rosé since many of the 2014s are rolling onto the market, and we’ll continue to highlight the best and the brightest with other [...]

By | March 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Wine is Your Passport

We can travel the world without ever flying the friendly skies. Wine is rife with opportunity; with it we can transport ourselves anywhere. The Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting March 28 in the Bay Area is a perfect opening to use "wine miles" to learn more about France’s Rhone region. First [...]

By | March 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Got A Minute? Boost Your Wine IQ

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to wine flaws. The good news is none of the flaws will make you sick if you take a sip. The bad news is that you’ll have to part with an otherwise delectable wine. Here’s a quick hit list of the [...]

By | March 9th, 2015|0 Comments