Kudos to Merry Edwards for winning a James Beard Award

It's actually no surprise to those who know Merry Edwards well why she won a James Beard Award for outstanding wine professional. She never gave up back when the wine world was not so friendly to women

By | May 7th, 2013|0 Comments

Bruce Bochy and Giants championship bubbly

San Francisco Giants Team Manager Bruce Bochy may seem to be caught up in baseball 24/7, but when he’s off you may bump into him in Wine Country. Of course Bochy wouldn’t disclose much about where he roams when he was at AT&T Park on Monday. He only said that he frequents this area and he’s a wine guy who drinks red, white and champagne.

By | May 7th, 2013|0 Comments

Appetite for goodwill sipping?

Adler Fels is partnering with the National Park Foundation on a collection of wines and the winery is donating $2 from every bottle sold to the foundation. The first two wines to roll out are the Artisan White and the Artisan Red ($15.99) featuring an iconic image of Yosemite Park. [...]

By | May 3rd, 2013|0 Comments

You in for a little bottled suspense?

There’s a wine tasting in the offing that courts the exotic, which makes it a bit mysterious, giving it Raymond Chandler intrigue, Before I tell you the back story, pen this date in your calendar – May 11th – for what is being billed as “The Seven Percent Solution Tasting.”

By | May 1st, 2013|0 Comments

Randall Grahm, the zany Rhone Ranger tells all

Randall Grahm, the zany Rhone Ranger tells all. In our Q&A, Grahm has plenty to say about the state of Rhone varietals on American turf, off beat packaging and why he suspects he’s not really a maverick even though the world sees him as one.

By | March 20th, 2013|0 Comments

Ancient Oak Cellars, riding the wave of the Wine Road Barrel Tasting

With the Wine Road Barrel Tasting in full swing this weekend, you're no doubt working up your itinerary. A word of advice: One not-to-be-missed winery is Ancient Oak Cellars right in downtown Santa Rosa. You recall, this is the bold and audacious winery that decided to plant its tasting room right in a retail store -- Corrick's Stationery & Gifts at 637 4th St.

By | March 2nd, 2013|0 Comments

The indomitable Merry Edwards

The founder of Sebastopol’s Merry Edwards Winery said she thinks the main reason she was inducted into this year’s Vintners Hall of Fame is because “I never gave up, even in the face of adversity towards my gender.”

By | February 21st, 2013|0 Comments

Robert Parker Jr., a first

The founder of the Wine Advocate, now in its 36th year, is the first wine critic to be inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was Monday at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena. Parker couldn’t make it because of a bad back, but he joked in a telephone interview that wine critics are a “necessary evil” for wineries and said he suspects he was a controversial pick.

By | February 20th, 2013|0 Comments

Home stretch for Pliny the Younger

It's home stretch for Pliny the Younger. The last 10-ounce glass of the cult-classic ale will likely be poured around 6 p.m. on Thursday. At least that’s the thinking of Natalie Cilurzo, co-owner of the Russian River Brewing Company.

By | February 13th, 2013|0 Comments

Identity crisis?

Or is the new branding of Sonoma Valley just an attempt to capture more of the $7 million that tourists bring to Sonoma County each year? Right now Sonoma Valley reels in about $1 million and the people behind the new branding are up front about wanting a bigger piece [...]

By | January 29th, 2013|0 Comments