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

Goodwill Sipping

Here’s an offer you can’t refuse: A wine tasting excursion that will benefit children half a world away in Africa. Eleven Sonoma County wineries are hosting the second annual V2V Wine Safari Sept. 3-11 to benefit clean water efforts for children in western Kenya. V2V stands for Vineyards to Villages. [...]

By | August 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Boost Your Wine IQ: Harvestspeak

And so it begins, another harvest when fermenting grapes fills the air, reminding us that we live an agrarian life, and that just outside our door are hillsides ribbed in vineyards. Last week Mumm Napa Winery began picking grapes for its bubbly, with other sparkling wine houses following suit. Here’s [...]

By | July 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Chateau St. Jean’s Somber Bastille Day Celebration

  My Francophile friend and I went to the Bastille Day celebration at Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood on Saturday, and the GM immediately set the tone. Michael McNeil spoke about the attack in Nice, telling the crowd how upsetting it was. He said, in so many words, we stand [...]

By | July 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Let the Tourist Wars Begin

Some Kenwood residents are outraged by what they see as spiraling development. The latest upset? Kenwood Vineyards, purchased by international wine and spirits giant Pernod Ricard in 2014, drew criticism from local residents when it outlined its effort to get a use permit for a new tasting room and an [...]

By | July 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Take the perfect wine-centric day-cation through Napa

Do you squeeze a vacation into a 24-hour sprint? If so, you’re in good company. It turns out that day trippers are the largest segment of tourists — 66.2 percent – and they fancy wine tasting, with an average of 3.5 tasting rooms typically on their itinerary, according to a [...]

By | June 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Got a minute? Boost Your Wine IQ on “Chilling” in 60 seconds.

Do you ever feel that Mother Nature has a mischievous streak when there’s a spike in temperatures? No worries. You can outsmart her antics with these tips: When cooling a bottle during a heat wave, don’t be rash. Skip the freezer as your most expedient method of cooling down a [...]

By | June 21st, 2016|0 Comments

California Dominates in World’s Largest Wine Competition

After a rigorous week of tasting more than 16000 wines in this year's Decanter World Wine Awards, 240 judges gave high marks to California. It won the majority of Gold and Platinum medals awarded to the states. Rutherford’s Frog’s Leap, 2013 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded Best USA Red Bordeaux [...]

By | June 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Auction Napa Valley 2016 Highlights — the Best of the Best

At Auction Napa Valley Saturday, bidders under the white tent seemed more than happy to dispose of their disposable incomes. Their spiraling bids helped organizers raise an estimated weekend take of $14.2 million. To capture the color of the auction weekend – the fashion, the humor, the bidding mentality – [...]

By | June 5th, 2016|0 Comments