Grapes of wrath? Not in the Russian River Valley

Grapes of wrath? Not in the Russian River Valley A documentary called "From Obscurity to Excellence: The Story of Grapes & Wine in The Russian River Valley," will be shown for the first time on Dec. 1 at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa.

By | November 15th, 2012|0 Comments

Got bubbly? The election countdown begins.

If you don’t have bubbly on hand I seriously question your patriotism. Kidding, but on a practical note, there’s no time to lose. The election is closing in on us.

By | November 5th, 2012|0 Comments

Hurricane Sandy, cold showers & Wilson zin

Joyce Mullen lives in Lynbrook, Long Island and she’s still without power, enduring both cold showers and the annoyance of waiting in long lines for gas. She also has to deal with the irksome practice of charging her cell phone in her car. What to do? Uncork something and quick.

By | November 5th, 2012|0 Comments

The man behind the “French Paradox” died. His legacy: A paradigm shift

Serge Renaud, the man who challenged the world to see wine as a benefit rather than a risk, recently died in Medoc, north of the city of Bordeaux. He was 85. Renaud got his 15 minutes of fame when he appeared on 60 Minutes in 1991, arguing that the French [...]

By | November 1st, 2012|0 Comments

Ancient Oak Cellars has impeccable timing

Santa Rosa's Ancient Oak Cellars is putting the finishing touches on its downtown tasting room while the spotlight is on Sonoma County. The online travel site TripAdvisor has ranked Sonoma County as the nation’s premiere wine destinations and it snagged the number 2 spot among those in the world.

By | October 19th, 2012|0 Comments

The other Harvest Fair winners

The medal-winning wines weren’t the only ones to snag top honors last Saturday night. Guests feasting on lamb and polenta watched on as a line-up of Sonoma County’s finest took the stage -- vintner Clay Mauritson, celebrity chef John Ash, grower Mark Sanchietti and Art Ibleto of Pasta King fame.

By | October 2nd, 2012|0 Comments

In Wine Country, here’s the talk …

Merry Edwards makes a mean blackberry pie … Bob Iantosca, winemaker of Sonoma’s Gloria Ferrer, makes a paella to die for … and Patrick Melley, winemaker of Russian Hill Estate Winery in Windsor, turns heads with his Cuban spiced pork dish. I’m working on a story for the paper to answer the million dollar question: Do winemakers have an edge in creating wine when they double as a home chef?

By | September 13th, 2012|0 Comments

Too early to call this a “normal harvest”?

Too early to call this a "normal harvest"? We ask this question of Adam Lee, co-vintner of Santa Rosa's Siduri Wines because Lee is a good source to take the pulse of harvest. Siduri covers a lot of territory, producing pinot noir from 20-plus different vineyards stretching from Santa Barbara north to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Let's hear what the multitasker has to say.

By | September 5th, 2012|0 Comments

The skinny on the Harvest Fair

This year the Sonoma County Harvest Fair is Oct. 5th, 6th and 7th, and beer lovers and foodies of all strips are in luck with some new features in store. There’s going to be a “Cheesy Beer School” pairing five microbrews with local cheeses. The Harvest Fair has tapped the expertise of Lagunitas Brewing Co. of Petaluma to lead the beer quest.

By | August 22nd, 2012|0 Comments

Coppola kick off

The Francis Ford Coppola Winery will host the Sonoma Starlight Supper Club on Aug. 31st to kick off the fifth annual Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. For the well heeled, it all begins poolside at the winery, with food and wine, live music, and dancing to the Bay Area band Pride [...]

By | July 24th, 2012|0 Comments