Museum-quality wine

I recently went to a wedding reception and was handed a glass of Chateau Montelena 1988 Chardonnay, a tribute to the bride’s birth year. Naturally I was curious about the wine, knowing that its sibling -- the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay -- is in the Smithsonian. You recall this great [...]

By | June 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Curious about Auction Napa Valley? Peruse last year’s highlights

With Auction Napa Valley's roll out this week, a recap of last year's festivities is in order. To capture the color – the fashion, the humor, the bidding mentality – peruse this list of “bests,” from best spectacle, to best quote, to best dressed. For those who plan to go [...]

By | May 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Behind the scenes at the North Coast Wine Challenge

Last week, in-between tasting flights of wine, there was plenty of hilarious table talk. While we waited for each new set of wines to be poured, we got a chance to hear some great stories from our fellow panelists. Here are two favorites. Evan Hufford, head sommelier of Healdsburg's Single [...]

By | April 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Four tastings for the adventuresome palate

Why not explore Wine Country with your palate as your compass?  Here are four wineries that make great destination tastings. If you're crazy about film, cab, history or lovely views, you'll find something here that will pique your interest. 1) Best Movie Memorabilia: Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Geyserville Francis Ford [...]

By | April 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Hot new wine event — Signature Sonoma Valley

Signature Sonoma Valley is this weekend and to get a behind-the-scenes look at this hot new event, here's a Q & A with chief organizer Maureen L. Cottingham, executive director of the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance. Q&A 1) Why did you decide to create this independent event, changing [...]

By | April 4th, 2017|0 Comments

Napa in Newport raises $1 million

When Jack Wolf was eight years old he wanted to be an astronaut and explore space. But by 10, his reach was restrained. That’s when he lost the ability to walk and was confined to a wheel chair. Wolf is impacted by Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and Napa Valley vintners took [...]

By | March 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Cult Cab Substitutes

No need to spend the nest egg with this line-up of cabernet sauvignons. Here's a line-up of cabs with a palatable price tag. Louis M. Martini, 2014 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.8.% alcohol, $20. At this price point, this cab is surprisingly good with impressive structure and generous fruit. The [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

5 things to know for the upcoming Wine Road Barrel Tasting

#1) This is the 40th anniversary of the tasting, and the focus remains on the sneak preview of the barrel samples and the pure potential of these wines over time. Those who like what they taste will be inclined to purchase "futures" or barrel samples that require another 12 months [...]

By | February 20th, 2017|23 Comments

Pinot gris vs. pinot grigio

Did you know that pinot gris and pinot grigio are fraternal twins? While they’re made from the same white grape, they each have a distinct style of their own. Here’s all you need to know to keep your palate from getting confused: In Italy  the wine is known as pinot [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Tips for the vegetarian wine-lover

Celery Parsley Carrots Garlic Onions Vegetables What’s a vegetarian to do? Drink up, naturally, with as much gusto as carnivores. There are just a few pairing tips to keep in mind: 1)      Opt for white wines rather than big boy reds because they would overwhelm your veggie dish. [...]

By | February 7th, 2017|1 Comment