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Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet drinking in his win

Stonestreet, who just won an Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy, has no doubt been uncorking cab to celebrate his win. No bubbly? Just how do we know what he fancies? Here’s the skinny. When Stonestreet was in Napa in June he said, “I really only drink wine with food and I’m a carnivore so whatever goes with steak works.”

By | August 30th, 2010|2 Comments

One Melnik Minute

One Melnik Minute Got 60 seconds? Righto. I’ll keep it brief. Did you know that pinot gris and pinot grigio are fraternal twins?

By | August 29th, 2010|1 Comment

Hemenway serves up wine by the price

Chef Lisa Hemenway will have an eye to budget wine when she opens “Fresh,” a European market of sorts, at the Skyhawk Village Market space in Santa Rosa on Hwy12 in September.

By | August 29th, 2010|0 Comments

Plucking grapes that rival the best of France

And so it begins, this yearly harvest ritual of picking grapes, clipping them from the vine, rushing them to the winery and letting the magic begin. When I see crews in the vineyards, what I see are workers traipsing through prime real estate. Yes, Monopoly’s Boardwalk and Park Place because I know that the grapes groomed here rival the best of France.

By | August 23rd, 2010|3 Comments

Palate overload?

Wineries have picked up the pace with more events, a flurry of them this harvest season creating fierce competition for the discerning palate of foodies and wine geeks in this economic downturn. Naturally the Sonoma County Harvest Fair is also in the mix with tickets for the Sept. 25th Awards Night Gala available for $65 a pop. These tickets, you recall, used to sell out in hours.

By | August 20th, 2010|2 Comments

Drink bubbly

Right now we can celebrate the upcoming harvest, which always begins with picking grapes groomed for sparkling wine. While winemakers and vineyard managers calculate their picking strategy with an influx of computerized weather data, we can drink in the season by uncorking sparkling wine.

By | August 17th, 2010|0 Comments

What is it we don’t get about harvest?

Here's some insight from an insider's perspective. Peruse our Q&A with Mumm Napa winemaker Ludovic Dervin.

By | August 11th, 2010|1 Comment

The grape picking countdown begins

Two sparkling wine houses in Napa Valley (Domaine Chandon and Mumm Napa Valley) say they're a couple weeks away from picking grapes because of the cooler weather. Who will be the first to pick? We'll keep you posted.

By | August 10th, 2010|1 Comment

The Sex and the City auction lot

Bidding at the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction (Sept. 5) will no doubt spiral for the Sex and the City lot, put together by Santa Rosa’s St. Francis Winery. Here’s the skinny:

By | August 5th, 2010|0 Comments

Sleuthing in Wine Country

It’s great to roam Wine Country like a detective and find out what’s behind a bottling. Last weekend I stopped in St. Helena with friends to taste through some Orin Swift brands with an eye on the ever-popular “The Prisoner.”

By | July 29th, 2010|0 Comments