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The 1976 Paris Tasting Revisited

Sonoma County’s Bacigalupi family celebrated the 40-year anniversary of the 1976 Paris Tasting Saturday, by paying homage to its victorious grapes. These Bacigalupi grapes, you recall, accounted for 40% of the bottling in the winning white – the Chateau Montelena 1973 Chardonnay. The burnt red Volkswagen truck used to transport [...]

By | May 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

5 reasons you should know winemaker Merry Edwards

Merry Edwards Winery founder Merry Edwards is a tenacious and gifted vintner who was honored as 'Woman of the Year' at the YWCA’s Women, Wine & Cheese 2016 event on April 22, and for good reason.

By | April 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Behind the Scenes at the North Coast Wine Challenge

The most fascinating part of judging in a wine competition is finding wines that wow you. But equally compelling is the table talk with fellow judges in-between flights of wine. This chatter, this free-flowing conversation, is intriguing because it reveals juicy morsels, striking little bits of life. For instance I [...]

By | April 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Art, wine and the muse behind the pairing

Creative artists have definitely kept their appointment with their muse, and they’re set to deliver. With more than 80 events during Napa Valley’s Arts in April, clearly the artists have been prolific. Expect Highway 29 in Napa Valley to be populated by wine enthusiasts who double as art lovers. There [...]

By | March 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Test Your Wine IQ: Why the lovefest between pork and pinot?

Pigs & Pinot at Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Kitchen this past weekend raised more than $150,000 for local charities and Share Our Strength by celebrating the duo. So what is it that makes this pairing so compelling, not to mention profitable? The experts say it can be pared down to one [...]

By | March 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Pigs & Pinot: Delectable Goodwill

Terese and George Kemble of Saratoga were at the Pigs & Pinot Gala Saturday night at Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Kitchen. Each savored the 5-course pork-centric meal paired with 10 pinot noirs. It was nothing less than a feast for pinot noir-lovers who crave all things pork – from pig’s tail [...]

By | March 21st, 2016|0 Comments

A Lake County wine auction in Napa? You bet.

The wine auction for Lake County -- Lake County Rising -- is Sunday March 20 in Napa to fund fire relief efforts. For the back story, here's a Q & A with Terry Dereniuk, executive director of Lake County Winery Association. Dereniuk also gives us a peek at the top [...]

By | March 14th, 2016|0 Comments

What to Know About Sonoma County’s 2016 Wine Road Barrel Tasting

The 36th Annual Wine Road Barrel Tasting at Wilson Vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley. (Photo by John Burgess) The tasting, which unfolds this weekend and again next, is expected to draw thousands of people to the backroads of Sonoma County. For many Millennials, ages 21 to 31, [...]

By | March 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Oscar loot includes a Sonoma County wine

The Estate 1856 Bordeaux Blend Dessert Wine made its way into a gift bag for the well-heeled prepping for the Oscars this week. Nominees, directors and producers were among those at an event Tuesday called the Red Carpet Style & Beauty Event at the West Los Angeles Hotel in Westwood. [...]

By | February 27th, 2016|0 Comments

SRJC Wine Classic celebrates 2 county favorites

The Sonoma County wine world was under one roof on Sunday – or so it seemed. The Who’s Who came to the SRJC Wine Classic to honor Journalist Gayle LeBaron and Chef John Ash. The event raised more than $40,000 for SRJC wine, culinary arts, and hospitality student scholarships.   [...]

By | February 23rd, 2016|0 Comments