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News for the generous palate

News for the generous palate. There’s going to be a wine tasting to generate donations for Haiti on Feb. 13th at D’Argenzio Winery in Santa Rosa.

By | February 2nd, 2010|1 Comment

Romeo, want a wild idea?

Romeo, want a wild idea? How about having Elvis officiate a faux wedding ceremony for you and your Valentine in the candle-lit Bella wine caves in Healdsburg? This is a ridiculously charming idea, one that will help you score plenty of romantic points.

By | January 28th, 2010|1 Comment

Budget-wise ZAP zins

Budget-wise ZAP zins. If you’re a zin-fanatic strapped for cash, you’ve tapped into a wealth of wine within reach -- $20 and under.

By | January 28th, 2010|0 Comments

Suspense

Suspense. The final day of that “Really Goode Job” at Healdsburg’s Murphy-Goode Winery is February 15th. What’s the next step for Hardy Wallace who was awarded the post after competing in an “American Idolesque” contest that played out for months?

By | January 27th, 2010|1 Comment

ZAP Preview

Are you a fan of snappy, back-talking zins or do you prefer the gallant, well-mannered ones? These extremes and everything in-between will be poured at the 19th annual ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) Tasting this Saturday at San Francisco’s Fort Mason.

By | January 27th, 2010|1 Comment

It’s a shame

It's a shame. Sauvignon Blanc Republic is no longer in business, one of the victimsof this economic downturn. As winemaker John Buechsenstein said, “Who knew that the economic tsunami would occur when it did? Stronger brands than ours have fallen!”

By | January 26th, 2010|1 Comment

Recession-proof wine

Recession-proof wine. I tasted a glass of wine blind last night and it turned out to be quite a surprise. It wasn’t complex, but it was a decent everyday wine for less than $5 a bottle.

By | January 23rd, 2010|3 Comments

The Facebook effect

The Facebook effect. Winter Wineland had a record number of tickets sold (5,000-plus) but there weren’t any skirmishes reported with the overly exuberant. Apparently no one was spotted roaming through Wine Country with a beer in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.

By | January 22nd, 2010|3 Comments

Celebrity wines

The Spottswoode, 2008 Sauvignon Blanc was the wine pick at Michelle Obama’s surprise birthday bash this week at Restaurant Nora in Washington D.C. Were the Obamas making a statement by picking a posh organic eatery and drinking a highbrow, organic wine? You bet.

By | January 20th, 2010|6 Comments

Drink for a good cause

Drink for a good cause. In response to the earthquake that devastated Haiti, St. Francis of Kenwood and Sequoia Grove of Napa are donating their tasting fees for today and Monday to the American Red Cross to help with emergency services.

By | January 17th, 2010|5 Comments