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There's a Bohemian Grove of sorts, a place where the powerful converge, the influential amass, the prestigious reign. But they don't discuss heady ideas like the Manhattan Project. No, here they talk about cult cabernets and silky pinots, supple textures, complex layering. This "grove" is the Mayacamas Country Club in [...]

By | May 6th, 2009|0 Comments

Here’s a contest. Vote and vote often. What are your favorite wine websites?

The black hole of the Net offers people an endless opportunity to chatter, to banter, to pontificate.Here are some websites that will likely pique the interest of the wine-lovers:Winetwo.com - This social networking site, which features wine events, focuses on millennials, the offspring of the baby boomers. It has forums, [...]

By | April 27th, 2009|0 Comments

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? There seem to be two camps, one that spots actual proof of global warming, while the other doesn't see a trace. What camp are you in? Remember, you're only a click away from having your [...]

By | April 22nd, 2009|0 Comments

Is biodynamic farming witchcraft or scientific? Check out our point counterpoint

Before you read our point counterpoint, check out this video about biodynamics. Here's the link: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid11892244001?bctid=18117378001For a clash of views points on biodynamics, we have Stuart Smith, vintner of St. Helena's Smith-Madrone Winery and Mike Benziger, winemaker of Imagery wines, a brand produced by Glen Ellen's Benziger Family Winery, on [...]

By | April 17th, 2009|0 Comments

The cash-strapped restaurant-goer is in luck. The tipping point in “budget vino” is imminent. Check out the signs.

In The Tipping Point, author Malcolm Gladwell refers to "the level at which the momentum for change becomes unstoppable." There are signs pointing to a paradigm shift, with restaurateurs more intent than ever on courting wine-lovers in this economic downturn. #1 A new survey of restaurants in 10 major regions [...]

By | April 14th, 2009|0 Comments

What gives Wine Country its uncanny sense of place?

We pay exorbitant real estate prices to live among the vines, but what exactly is this place we call Wine Country? What gives it its uncanny sense of place? I decided to go on an architectural dig of sorts to see what artifacts would turn up in our wine culture. [...]

By | April 10th, 2009|0 Comments

“Millennials have a BS detector” True? False? Where do I buy one?

Morgan Twain-Peterson was a precocious child. At age 5 he could distinguish between a merlot and a zinfandel. Today the 28-year old co-founder of Bedrock Wine Co. in Sonoma can distinguish between more than varietals. Try fact and fiction. Peterson says he's no different from his fellow Millennials, the offspring [...]

By | April 8th, 2009|2 Comments

Who are those confounding Millennials? What’s more, how can Wine Country court them?

Matt Lapides is a real live Millennial, a 23-year old Sonoma State student who lives in a house with a make-shift cellar: his bedroom closet. There are traces of "twenty-something" throughout his house: a refrigerator covered in chalkboard, a glow-in-the-dark fireplace, a brand new, prized decanter on his desk. Q: [...]

By | April 3rd, 2009|0 Comments

Fred Franzia, best known for his iconic “Two-Buck Chuck,” is once again changing the way America drinks

By the end of the month restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday is expected to have Franzia's Coastal Vines on the menu of its 850-plus eateries across America for $10 a bottle. In January the chain began a pilot program in various parts of the country, including Massachusetts, Minnesota and Georgia."Ten restaurants [...]

By | April 1st, 2009|0 Comments

Are you up for this wine challenge?

Can you find tasty domestic wine for $5 a bottle?It's a quandary, according to local retailers, who say most domestic wine begins in the $8-range while tasty imports from Spain, Chile and Australia can be $5 a bottle.And yet, the answer is a resounding yes. As long as you shop [...]

By | April 1st, 2009|0 Comments