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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

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