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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

Do you have your passport?

Here’s the skinny. Those on the waiting list who are hoping to snag a Passport to Dry Creek Valley April 24 and 25, are scoring some tickets. If you hope to be among them, put yourself on the waiting list by visiting www.wdcv.com or calling 707-433-3031. Then keep your cell close at hand for some news.

By | April 15th, 2010|1 Comment

Budget-wise wines

We live in Wine Country so eliminating wine from the budget as though it were an unnecessary line item is unthinkable. Intolerable. Unbearable.

By | April 14th, 2010|1 Comment

Water wizardry

Why am I not surprised that Mike Benziger of Benziger Family Winery in Glen Ellen won a Growing Green Award in a new category, one of water steward no less?

By | April 14th, 2010|1 Comment