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

Boost Your Wine IQ

Boost Your Wine IQ. Do you turn your nose up to pink wine? If you do, shame on you and your prejudiced palate.

By | April 8th, 2014|0 Comments

60 Seconds to Boost your Wine IQ

Do you think the Rhone Rangers are a masked band of men who fight injustice and force their enemies to taste Rhone varietals? If so, read on because you’re slightly off the mark.

By | March 27th, 2014|0 Comments

The rain dance

Before the rains vintner Richard Arrowood joked if he could do a rain dance he would.

By | February 11th, 2014|0 Comments

Napa and Naples fundraising cachet

Auction Napa Valley’s Florida cousin – the Naples Winter Wine Festival – recently reeled in $12.5 million at its live auction. As you recall the Napa auction raised $14.3 million last June under its white tent, which means it continues to hold the title of most successful wine charity auction in the world – at least for another year.

By | February 4th, 2014|0 Comments

Saralee Kunde was a rare, limited edition

Kunde, who died on Sunday at the age of 66, was known for her generosity, her deep roots as a grower, and yes, her lively hats.

By | January 28th, 2014|0 Comments

Mad about zinfandel? Peruse the new format for Saturday’s ZAP Tasting

The Zinfandel Advocate and Producers (ZAP) Tasting is set in San Francisco’s Presidio and organizers are offering a new format so the zin-crazed won’t have to stand in line and fight crowds.

By | January 22nd, 2014|0 Comments

Ron Rubin to be honored at the Fancy Food Show

Ron Rubin, who playfully calls himself "The Minister of Tea, was chosen in the Business Leadership Category by the Specialty Food Association and Specialty Food Magazine in their second annual Leadership Awards. The winners in this category will be honored during a ceremony at the Fancy Food Show this Sunday. For a list of all the winners and details about the ceremony, visit http://www.specialtyfood.com/

By | January 14th, 2014|0 Comments