Inside secret for coastal sippers

While the locals would prefer to keep this hush, hush, the most striking (and undiscovered) route to the ocean is the stretch on Coleman Valley Road between Occidental and Bodega Bay. This is by far the most scenic  route to the bay, with sheep, cows and the occasional llama before [...]

By | April 18th, 2012|0 Comments

Do people with tattoos drink more?

Do people with tattoos drink more? People with tattoos drink more than the tattoo-less, according to a new study from France.

By | April 18th, 2012|0 Comments

Wine noir for film buffs

It’s the opening day of the 15th annual Sonoma International Film Festival and there are a couple of “not to be missed” films for wine-lovers. They include “Harvest” and “Portrait of a Winemaker: John Williams of Frog’s Leap.”

By | April 11th, 2012|0 Comments

What up Bachelor? Can love age like a good cabernet?

Ben Flajnik said he would speak to me on one condition – "if it’s a wine-related question." So I asked the winemaker of the brand Envolve what he liked about winemaking. “I was a brewer to begin, but winemaking happens once a year,” Flajnik said. “You never know if it’s [...]

By | March 14th, 2012|2 Comments

Peculiar wine glasses at barrel tasting?

Several vintners say there were no altercations at last weekend’s Wine Road Barrel Tasting but there were some interesting sightings. Bruce Cousins, co-vintner of Armida Winery in Headsburg noticed some suspicious-looking glassware on Saturday. “When people came out of the limo buses with wine glasses, the substance inside had a peculiar foamy top,” he said with a laugh.

By | March 5th, 2012|1 Comment

Mother Nature, can you postpone bud break?

Bud break is typically the middle of March, but vintners are hoping it’s later this year. Vintners say they’re worried frost will kill the buds and that the secondary buds that push out could pare the crop down by half. For the uninitiated bud break is the beginning of the [...]

By | February 27th, 2012|0 Comments

Nick & Nora would go for this

The cocktail-loving duo in "The Thin Man" would no doubt volunteer to be tasters tomorrow night at the Spoonbar Lounge's Second Annual Golden Barspoon Encanto Pisco Competition.

By | February 21st, 2012|0 Comments

Wine transcends culture

If you’re a wine traveler, vino can make you feel like a local. Blair Pleasant of Santa Rosa and her husband Dan recently went to New Zealand for two weeks and they were able to fit in plenty of sipping. “Wine is universal,” Pleasant said. “You can have a wine [...]

By | February 17th, 2012|0 Comments

Death & Taxes

In Wine Country, it’s Wine & Taxes. Just a heads up about a clever winery event in the offing. There will be a Tax Relief Party at Dutton-Goldfield Winery in Sebastopol April 14 & 15, and this may well be the best way to gauge the economy yet. In Wine [...]

By | February 17th, 2012|0 Comments

Fred Franzia on wine snobs

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Charles Shaw, better known as Two-buck Chuck, which made its debut in a Trader Joe’s store 2002. What impact has this $2 bottling had on our wine-drinking culture over the past decade? According to Franzia, the vintner behind the brand, it has made the wine snob think twice.

By | February 15th, 2012|3 Comments