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The countdown for bubbles has begun

This week I roll out the first of two flights of California sparkling wine -- the first is $35 and below and the second, $36 and above.

By | December 11th, 2013|0 Comments

The Smithsonian Magazine includes wine in its “101 Objects that Made America.”

The wines included in the November issue are indeed rare artifacts; they’re the California wines that astonished the world when they won the Paris Tasting of 1976. The Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, 1973 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon won the top red, while the Chateau Montelena, 1973 Napa Valley Chardonnay won [...]

By | October 30th, 2013|0 Comments

Breathing new life in the old COPIA space?

The CIA at Greystone is launching a new wine series this week and plans to teach the classes out of the old COPIA center. “Downtown Napa has become a destination,” said Erin Euser, who’s promoting the classes. “Guests staying at Napa hotels or B&Bs can walk to COPIA. The convenience [...]

By | October 16th, 2013|0 Comments

For the first time the Harvest Fair’s Grand Tasting makes room for brews

At the Sonoma County Harvest Fair popular brews will be right alongside the winning wines from the competition for the first time at the Grand Tasting this weekend. Beer-lovers will want to peruse this list, even though brews from these spots won't have the pedigree of a medal coming from [...]

By | September 30th, 2013|0 Comments

Two Sonoma County videos make the cut

Two short wine videos produced in Sonoma County are among the 9 finalists in the annual Wine Spectator Video Contest -- http://www.winespectator.com/videovoting – and the video with the most votes wins. Voting is open through Monday, Sept. 16th.

By | September 13th, 2013|0 Comments

The uban chic Barlow may ultimately have a hotel in the mix.

The entrepreneurial spirit is the key ingredient, the snappy spice, in transforming the former Barlow Apple Center into an urban chic complex, one that is fast becoming a food, wine and art Mecca.

By | August 5th, 2013|0 Comments

The poker game behind Alexander Valley Vineyards’ Sin Zin

Sometimes a poker game will make you flush with cash, but it’s not often you walk away with a sexy new label.

By | July 10th, 2013|1 Comment

The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge’s “Naked” Wine

The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge's "Naked" wine. The judge who said the top winning wine – the Beaulieu Vineyard, 2009 Tapestry Reserve – was so great “just pour it over my naked body” was Bob Foster, assistant editor of California Grapevine wine newsletter. An outrageous comment?

By | June 5th, 2013|0 Comments

‘The Drops of God’: Have you read this hot graphic novel about wine?

"The Drops of God" -- have you read this hot graphic novel about wine? I heard about this New York Times best-selling comic book from a friend who said he loves learning about wine from this series that was created in Japan.

By | June 5th, 2013|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 $16.9 million. 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 best lot, to best dish.

By | June 3rd, 2013|0 Comments