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Straight Turkey Talk

With a couple of weeks to spare before dressing the bird, it’s a great time to acquaint (or reacquaint) yourself with gewürztraminer, the rock star of Thanksgiving wines. What gives it rock star status? It’s the most versatile, pairing with turkey, dressing, yams and yes, even pumpkin pie.

By | November 10th, 2009|4 Comments

Sip wine in a cave?

Sip wine in a cave? There’s nothing quite like uncorking a bottle of wine in a cave, a colossal wine cellar. The hot new book – “Into The Earth: A Wine Cave Renaissance” – gives you a peek at some of the most striking caves in Napa Valley, some of which are not open to the public.

By | November 5th, 2009|3 Comments

Is your palate politically-minded?

Is your palate politically-minded? If so, you’ll be interested to knowing there’s now a Feminist Wine Club for those who want to support women winemakers and causes in one fell swoop – make that one fell sip.

By | November 4th, 2009|1 Comment

John Cleese spot on

John Cleese, who has made the world laugh with his friends in Monty Python, said having lunch with the Queen of England was a palate-changing experience. The Queen served two refreshing German whites and Cleese had to question his preference for luscious wines. Did that put Cleese in a quandary? A confusing moment for the man behind the “Wine for the Confused” videos? You bet.

By | October 30th, 2009|1 Comment

Strapped? Here’s a wine secret.

If you’re short on cash, luckily your palate doesn’t have to suffer. In a new book out called Wine Secrets I found some great advice for the budget-conscious. It’s simple enough. Just keep an eye on what the top restaurants are pouring by the glass because wine buyers are searching for the best values here.

By | October 27th, 2009|1 Comment

A mockumentary?

Corked is a 90-minute mockumentary that pokes fun at Wine Country, the pomp and circumstance of living among the vines. The irreverent flick will be screened at the at the Rome Film Fest, which begins this Thursday. Take a peek at the trailer at the website: www.corkedthemovie.com.

By | October 12th, 2009|1 Comment

A runner-up red?

The million-dollar question right now in Wine Country is why the judges of the Sonoma County Harvest Fair wine competition haven’t named a runner up to replace the sweepstakes red after the Adler Fels’ pinot was disqualified.

By | October 2nd, 2009|4 Comments

Guess who Gina Gallo married?

Guess who Gina Gallo married? The groom in the swanky suit was none other than Jean-Charles Boisset, best known in Sonoma County as the owner of DeLoach in Santa Rosa and abroad, as the scion of France’s third largest wine company.

By | September 29th, 2009|4 Comments

A true barometer of the economy

There are about 200 tickets still available for the Harvest Fair Awards Night Gala on Sept. 26 – a sign of the economic downturn. I remember when these tickets were such a hot commodity that people would camp out at the Sonoma County fairgrounds and, yes, pull an all-nighter, in the hopes of buying a coveted ticket when the doors opened at 8 a.m.

By | September 25th, 2009|2 Comments

The American Idol of wine

In Lake County the people will have an unmitigated say on Oct. 3rd with “The People’s Choice Wine Awards.” This is a blind tasting of Lake County wines and it’s open to the public so curious palates are welcome.

By | September 22nd, 2009|1 Comment