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Saralee Kunde is a limited edition.

Kunde, who died earlier this year at the age of 66, was known for her generosity, her deep roots as a grower, and yes, her lively hats. The most sentimental part of Sunday’s Harvest Awards Night was when Saralee Kunde’s black and silver Derby-style hat was auctioned off. While plenty [...]

By | September 28th, 2014|0 Comments

Napa’s Back with a Spirited Quake Fundraiser

The valley has resumed doing what it does best – celebrating. Napa Valley Rocks is a fundraiser Sept. 25 to 28 to celebrate the rebound from the Aug. 24 earthquake, while raising money for those hardest hit. There are dinners, concerts, a half marathon and more, with all events of [...]

By | September 22nd, 2014|0 Comments

Highlights from Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction, the best of the best

At Sunday’s Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction bidders had an appetite for goodwill, raising a record-breaking $4 million. Pocket change for the well-heeled? 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, [...]

By | September 1st, 2014|0 Comments

The Picking Begins …

Mumm Napa plans to begin harvesting grapes Wednesday at 6 a.m. The official celebration will begin around 11 a.m. at the winery with winemaker Ludovic Dervin giving a traditional harvest toast.

By | July 29th, 2014|0 Comments

No Passport Needed for this Trip to Barcelona

Gloria Ferrer’s Catalan Festival is Saturday and Sunday, and the Sonoma winery wants to transport you to Spain without a transatlantic flight. Sipping wine paired with paella, and taking in flamenco without a trace of jet lag is truly an irresistible offer. To prepare your palate for the fun, here’s [...]

By | July 17th, 2014|0 Comments

Before I Die I Want To …

This is what was written on a colossal chalkboard at Sterling Vineyards in Calistoga, CA, and there was plenty of chalk for people to fill in the blanks. I’ve never heard of soul searching as a prerequisite to wine tasting but there it was — this huge blackboard of hope [...]

By | July 10th, 2014|0 Comments

Highlights from Auction Napa Valley, the best of the best

At Auction Napa Valley bidders had an appetite for goodwill, raising a record-breaking $18.7 million this past weekend. Pocket change for the well-heeled? To capture the color of the auction weekend – the fashion, the humor, the bidding mentality – here’s this year’s list of “bests,” from best dressed, to [...]

By | June 11th, 2014|0 Comments

Stephanie Honig Inspires Goodwill Bidding

This devoted mom pulled together some of Wine Country’s most impressive bottlings and lots to help raise a total of  $1.3 million for Type 1 Diabetes research. Stephanie and husband Michael, co-vintners of Rutherford’s Honig Vineyards and Winery, have a daughter – Sophia – who was diagnosed with Type 1 [...]

By | June 4th, 2014|0 Comments

“A Bullfight in a Bottle”

"A bullfight in a bottle. That’s just one of the descriptors that a panel of judges came up with during the recent Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge. Another descriptor was “very feminine, the lingerie of pinot noir.” We spent a day and a half tasting through more than 900 wines and coming up with clever descriptors as we endeavored to find the knockouts.

By | May 13th, 2014|0 Comments

Sofia Coppola wouldn’t budge

Sofia Coppola wouldn't budge. The daughter of the Academy Award-winning director Francis Ford Coppola was in Wine Country this week to host a special screening of “Lost in Translation,” but she wouldn’t tell what words were exchanged between the two main characters at the end of the film.

By | April 23rd, 2014|0 Comments