Kayak to a clam bake?

The Russian River Valley Winegrowers (RRVW) are putting on “Single Night” June 5th at Healdsburg’s C. Donatiello Winery, an event geared to Millennials, the offspring of the Baby Boomers, with group adventure auction lots like kayaking to a clam bake.

By | May 18th, 2010|2 Comments

Do tell …

We’re curious about you picnic people. What do you take for food to outdoor events and why? Is there a ritual?

By | May 13th, 2010|2 Comments

Pajama party bidding?

Auction Napa Valley wants you to bid and bid often from the comfort of your own home. You don’t need a fancy gown or a tux to bid online in their 4-week Net auction which begins this Sunday at 8 a.m. A worldwide pajama party? Hmmm …

By | May 7th, 2010|2 Comments

Guess who’s coming to Auction Napa Valley?

Guess who's coming to Auction Napa Valley? The Bengels, the American all-female band best known for the hit singles “Walk Like an Egyptian” and “Manic Monday” will play June 5, after Saturday’s live auction and dinner. “It’s the 30th anniversary of the auction and it’s time to shake it up a bit,” said Terry Hall, who heads the public relations for the Napa Vintners Association, the auction organizers.

By | May 6th, 2010|3 Comments

End in sight for the Sattui boycott?

Dario Sattui, the vintner of V. Sattui Winery and the Castello di Amoroso in Napa Valley, is now faced with a boycott of 7,612 people because of a letter he wrote criticizing the wages and benefits of North Bay Firefighters.

By | April 25th, 2010|15 Comments

Earth Day debate

With people assessing Mother Nature on Earth Day, here’s something to ponder … Is Wine Country the canary in the coal mine when it comes to global warming?

By | April 22nd, 2010|1 Comment

Sattui’s political palate

Most vintners are apolitical because they don’t want to mix controversy and wine. Dario Sattui, the vintner of V. Sattui Winery and the Castello di Amoroso in Napa Valley, isn’t one of them.

By | April 19th, 2010|25 Comments

Precocious palates

I was out at Williams Selyem on Saturday for its spring release party and I counted precocious palates -- babies in swanky front packs and toddlers in the arms of serious sippers.

By | April 18th, 2010|1 Comment

A tasty spring sipper

For rose lovers, here's a great one to kick off the spring season: The newly released Quivira, 2009 Wine Creek Ranch, Dry Creek Valley Grenache Rose at $15. (13.8 percent alcohol.)

By | April 18th, 2010|0 Comments

A great $6 sipper

A practical palate is key in this economic climate, which means good finds should be chronicled – like this tasty $6 sipper I’ve come across.

By | April 16th, 2010|1 Comment