Francis Ford Coppola’s “Eleanor”

Francis Ford Coppola's "Eleanor." What do vintners give their wives to celebrate 50 years of marriage? Their own label, of course. As it turns out the bottling – Eleanor 2009 California Red Blend -- is a tasty tribute to one of Wine Country’s most interesting women.

By | July 18th, 2012|0 Comments

Sipping wine in Corrick’s

Ancient Oaks Cellars hopes to open its tasting room in Corrick’s Stationery Store on Fourth Street. What’s the story behind this winery, and just exactly when can we start swirling, sipping and shopping? Here’s a Q&A with co-vintner Melissa Moholt-Siebert to catch up on progress. The Ancient Oaks Tasting Room could be a game-changer for downtown Santa Rosa.

By | July 12th, 2012|0 Comments

Burger reds, past and present winners …

The Wine Country palate cannot survive on a burger alone. To be drop dead scrumptious, a burger needs to have the pizzazz of a great red. Over the years the Press Democrat’s Hamburger Reds Tasting has become a ritual, as well as a lifeline for readers searching for reds with [...]

By | July 4th, 2012|0 Comments

And the winners are …

The San Francisco International Wine Competition recently scored a colossal pool of wine – a total of 4,556 bottlings – and a local winemaker gets kudos. Corey Beck, winemaker of Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville won the Andre Tchelistcheff Winemaker of the Year Award.

By | June 29th, 2012|0 Comments

Sports, wine and a calling …

The Emmy Award-winning sports commentator Jim Nantz is teaming up with Peter Deutsch, CEO of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits to produce the Sonoma-based wine brand named “The Calling.” Nantz picked a smart partner. Deutsch is well known for his success in launching Australia's Yellow Tail, the number one imported wine brand in the United States.

By | June 20th, 2012|0 Comments

The best of Auction Napa Valley

To capture the color of Saturday’s Auction Napa Valley – the whimsy, the table talk, the humor – here’s this year’s list of “10 bests,” from best quip, to best lot, to best dish. For those who went to the auction and for the curious who didn’t, here are some snapshots.

By | June 4th, 2012|0 Comments

Going into the Earth today to sip in a decadent underworld

Jarvis Winery kicks off Auction Napa Valley with the Barrel, E-Auction and Marketplace today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be a true wine adventure because the entire winery is completely underground – bottling line, lab, offices and all. Jarvis has kept a low profile in Napa, with tastings by appointment only, so it will be interesting to see how it fares with 2,000 people roaming through the property.

By | June 1st, 2012|0 Comments

California wine is making a splash in Hong Kong

Right now about 250 California wine brands are being swirled, sniffed and sipped at the Vinexpo Asia Pacific trade show in Hong Kong, which runs through Thursday. The trade show attracts vital sippers -- more than 15,000 key trade visitors in Asia.

By | May 29th, 2012|0 Comments

The Costco wine/toilet paper debacle

By now you’ve probably heard the provocative remarks that has caused a stir in Wine Country, but if you haven’t here’s the back story: Annette Alvarez-Peters, Costco's principal wine buyer, was recently interviewed in a CNBC special, "The Costco Craze: Inside the Warehouse Giant,” and here’s the exchange that has wine-lovers fired up: Alvarez-Peters: "Is (wine) more special than clothing, is it more special than televisions? I don't think so." CNBC's Carl Quintanilla: "Certainly it's different than toilet paper? Or different that tin foil?" Alvarez-Peters: "Why?" Quintanilla: "Because it's personal." Alvarez-Peters: "People can look at it that way. But at the end of the day, it's just a beverage."

By | May 11th, 2012|0 Comments

Guinness World Record wine toast?

This just in. History in the making … There’s an attempt for a Guinness World Record for the longest relay wine toast and it’s labeled “The Napa Valley Wine Wave.” The event will take place at Charles Krug Winery Oct. 7.

By | May 2nd, 2012|0 Comments