Cult Cab Substitutes

No need to spend the nest egg with this line-up of cabernet sauvignons. With an eye to Auction Napa Valley, I wanted to offer a line-up of cabs with a palatable price tag. Here's a recap of this week's blind tasting: TOP PICK Louis M. Martini Louis M. Martini, 2014 [...]

By | June 1st, 2016|0 Comments

40 Years Ago Today the Paris Tasting Shocked the Wine World

A panel of French judges unwittingly picked California wines as the victors, transforming the global winescape forever. Ron Dick, a grower in Alexander Valley, is intent on claiming his family’s part in the historic upset. His father – Henry Dick – supplied 20 tons of chardonnay grapes for the winning [...]

By | May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Wine Country dream: Winemaker dinner at Valette’s in Healdsburg

  Robert Louis Stevenson has said “Wine is bottled poetry.” But after a unique, wine-centric dinner last night at Healdsburg’s Valette, I think this quote is more apt: “Wine is bottled passion.” A trio of friends decided – over beer mind you – to create a dinner that would showcase [...]

By | May 6th, 2016|0 Comments

In the latest sibling rivalry, Sonoma County beats Napa Valley in best wine regions

A group of wine experts considered 11 of the best wine regions in America to visit, ranking Sonoma #3 and Napa #4. What can you make of this? I think Sonoma has the edge in this competition because of its diversity and enticing unknowns. The palate loves a little mystery, [...]

By | May 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

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