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Fair verdict in the wine tasting case?

Fair verdict in the wine tasting case? Here's the back story: Lyndsay Murray-Mazany was sentenced to three years and eight months in state prison after causing the deaths of two Cloverdale women after she had been wine tasting. Murray-Mazany's attorney, Chris Andrian, argued for probation. He said in a couny where wine is "celebrated" this could have happened to any number of upright and esteemed citizens. What do you think?

By | December 19th, 2010|57 Comments

Thank God It’s Friday Wines

When you're in the eye of a storm, there's only one thing to do: Treat yourself to syrah and stew, the ultimate in cool weather comfort. Here are three solid syrah picks: Rocca, 2007 Grigsby Vineyard, Yountville, $45 Bradford Mountain, 2007 Grist Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley, $24 Four Vines, 2008 [...]

By | December 17th, 2010|0 Comments

Coming soon — Ted Turner in Wine Country

Ted Turner is coming to Wine Country this spring to talk about the Earth and how to best tend to it. He should be a good source of ideas. He drives a Prius with a bumper sticker that says “Save the Humans.”

By | December 16th, 2010|4 Comments

The mystery 2,400-year-old vintage

As you know a liquid, which is believed to be wine, was unearthed by Chinese archaeologists along with a pot of soup. While we’re waiting for tests to identify the findings, all we can do is speculate.

By | December 14th, 2010|0 Comments

Colby Red is a red blend with heart

Colby Rex Groom was born with a hole in his heart and the 12-year old son of Australian winemaker Daryl Groom is a resilient veteran of open-heart-by-pass surgery. As a tribute to Colby, the “Colby Red” table wine will be released in January. Daryl produced the red blend in parthnership with with Treasury Wine Estates, home to Beringer and parent company of Australia icon Penfolds, where Daryl once served as Senior Red Winemaker.

By | December 8th, 2010|1 Comment

Sip in the season …

Gewurztraminer is the rock star of Thanksgiving, the celebrity with the biggest personality at the table. What gives gewurztraminer rock-star-status? It works with everything – the turkey, the dressing, yams and yes, even pumpkin pie.

By | November 17th, 2010|0 Comments

Dungeness Crab whites

Now that Commercial Dungeness Crab season has officially commenced – finally – it’s time to set aside some great whites that pair well with the tasty crustaceans.

By | November 16th, 2010|0 Comments

For the wine traveler …

Day trip anyone? Here’s one for the movie buff. As for places not to be missed, the Francis Ford For the wine traveler ... Coppola Winery in Geyserville definitely makes the cut.

By | November 16th, 2010|0 Comments

Thank God It’s Friday Wines

If you’re not the Thanksgiving cook this year, if you get to sleep in and lollygag all morning while your host gets up at dawn to wrestle the bird into the oven, you will no doubt wake up feeling grateful. In Wine Country, the best way to express that gratitude is to give your host a Thanksgiving pinot.

By | November 12th, 2010|0 Comments

Thank God It’s Friday Wines

In honor of our World Series winning Giants, uncorking sparking wine is in order. Monday night’s big win was wild and I could see quite a bit of bubbly being splashed about. As a sports fan who doubles as a wine writer, I was searching for labels, but the cameras focused on the players instead of the bottles. Go figure.

By | November 5th, 2010|2 Comments