Boost Your Wine IQ: Sauternes, a worthy splurge

In the most expensive of all dessert wines, Sauternes are produced from mostly semillon and a little sauvignon blanc. The flavor profile is intense, infused with apricot and honey. Delicious food matches include pecan pie, as well as apple and pear tart. Now that you have snapshot of Sauternes, you [...]

By | October 31st, 2016|0 Comments

Boost Your Wine IQ — Port’s Backstory

In the 17th century, when England and France were at war, the British opted for Portuguese wine, but they found it a little off-putting. But by adding brandy, Portuguese wine became more palatable. Voila! Port was born. The popular after dinner drink is sweet, robust and smooth. When you drink [...]

By | October 31st, 2016|0 Comments

Spook-tacular Pairings

Grown-ups may like liquid treats, but they’re more than happy to pair them with the goodies they can raid from their kids’ trick or treat bags. Traci Dutton of The Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena has some tasty pairings in mind for these adult tricksters. While I haven’t [...]

By | October 25th, 2016|1 Comment

Boost Your Wine IQ: Is it possible to bottle the wind?

In a word – yes. The Petaluma Gap Winegrowers pride themselves on crafting wines that reveal their distinct, wind-swept terroir. The public at large will get a chance to taste these bottlings at the Petaluma Gap Wind to Wine Festival Nov. 6 at the Sheraton Petaluma. The Grand Tasting is [...]

By | October 20th, 2016|2 Comments

A sommelier in your own home?

I’m not suggesting that SommSelect is the equivalent of a sniffing, swirling, sipping robot with exquisite taste. Or am I? SommSelect is the brainchild of Brandon Carneiro, a Sonoma State graduate. His clever idea is to help every home have 24/7 access to a sommelier. Sommselect.com offers a daily pick [...]

By | September 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Best of the Best at the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction

Eva Bertran of Gloria Ferrer holds her bidding paddle high for the Fund-a-Future segment of the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction to support children in the local community, at Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood, California on Sunday, September 4, 2016. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat) To capture the [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|0 Comments

The unstoppable Amelia Morán Ceja, president of Napa Valley’s Ceja Vineyards

Amelia Morán Ceja, president of Napa Valley’s Ceja Vineyards, shared her story to a filled auditorium at Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Her inspirational talk kicked off the 3-part Women in Conversation series, a program that will also include Ayesha Curry on Oct. 7 and Hip Chick Farms’ Jennifer Johnson and Serafina Palandech on Nov. 10.

By | September 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Siduri Wine Lounge is not-to-be-missed.

The Grand Opening for the Siduri Wine Lounge is Labor Day weekend, and it’s a chance for pinot noir fanatics to check out the brand’s new digs just off the Healdsburg Plaza. The lounge is located at 241 Healdsburg Ave., and it replaces the former Partake by KJ, which closed [...]

By | September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Boost Your Wine IQ: Hosting Carnivores and Vegans

Hosting isn’t as easy as it used to be, according to Jill Nussinow, author of four books, including "Veggie Queen” and “Vegans Under Pressure.” She suspects hosts in Wine Country are thinking: “All I wanted to do was have a Labor Day get-together and now 20 different people want food [...]

By | August 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Speed Dating with Winemakers?

The Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) had its “Simply Summer Celebration” at Geyserville’s Trentadue Winery Sunday and offered a new take on “Meet the Makers”: Speed Dating. Groups of eight had a total of 10 minutes to converse with individual winemakers, rotating through with their curiosity on fire. Nearly 250 [...]

By | August 15th, 2016|0 Comments