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

ZAP Mania

ZAP Mania. With the ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) Tasting in the offing, I decided to do a ZAP Preview Tasting for our wine grid, along with a series of blogs. I told the ZAP organizers to encourage their members to send wine for this blind tasting and the response has been astounding. I have 200-plus bottles so far and the wine keeps coming.

By | January 17th, 2010|0 Comments

Recession-Proof Romance

Recession-Proof Romance Recession-Proof Romance The clock is ticking. Romeo-wannabes just have a few weeks to become debonair before Valentine’s Day. And in this economic climate, just how does one budget romance? Luckily, we have plenty of tips.

By | January 15th, 2010|2 Comments

Cash-strapped Romeo?

Cash-strapped, Romeo? Don’t despair. There are always options for the clever Valentine. In fact, some budget-savvy Napa Valley businesses are offering discounts from 35% to 50% during the month of February to help couples rev up romance. They include Go Fish, Ehlers Estate and Palmaz Winery, Silverado Resort, The Grill at Silverado and Napa Valley Bike Tours.

By | January 14th, 2010|2 Comments