Unique Exhibit: 40 Oak Barrels Turned into Art

Stop by DeLoach Vineyards in Santa Rosa Friday, Saturday or Sunday to see a one-of-a-kind exhibit. Artists have clearly met with their muse to craft the oak barrels in an interesting way. They have been painted, sculpted and in some cases, turned into furniture. The exhibit is in honor of [...]

By | February 11th, 2016|0 Comments

The 40th Anniversary of the Paris Tasting

This year marks four decades since the infamous Paris Tasting of 1976, the one in which French judges were mortified when they picked California wines as victors in blind tastings. The “Judgment of Paris,” as the tasting came to be known, put California winemaking on the map, inspiring people all [...]

By | February 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Does Organic Wine Taste Better? Study: A hands down yes

This has long been the belief of the organic and biodynamic camps, but proving it scientifically has always seemed next to impossible. However, a new study by members of the American Association of Wine Economics, reveals a significant link between organic wine and high scores from three highly esteemed wine [...]

By | February 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Q& A with Vanessa Robledo, the new CEO of Mi Sueno Winery

Vanessa, 38, joins her sister Lorena and brother-in-law, winemaker Rolando Herrera, as CEO of  their Napa Valley winery, Mi Sueno. Mi Sueno, founded in 1997, means “my dream” in Spanish. Before reeling through the Q&A, here’s a recap of Vanessa’s backstory. Vanessa, you recall, turned heads when she was president [...]

By | January 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Petaluma native Hoby Wedler is recognized in Forbes 30 Under 30

28-year-old Henry "Hoby" Wedler may be blind, but he’s also a visionary. It’s not surprising Forbes magazine picked Wedler in the Food & Drink category. The Petaluma-born wine educator has been leading blind wine tastings at Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville since 2011. He blindfolds the unsuspecting and leaves [...]

By | January 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Bottled film noir — Christmas movies paired with wine

Uncorking a great bottle of wine while watching a sentimental movie has become a rich tradition at my house. I’m confident you’ll have fun with these pairings.

By | December 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Wine and the politics of Holiday Feasts

Every year, without fail, there’s someone at the Holiday table with the wrong politics. It begins as an annoyance, a nuisance, an irritation. But if the conversation goes on too long it becomes a full on debate and then a filibuster. Wine, thankfully, can be used as way to change [...]

By | December 14th, 2015|0 Comments

“SOMM: Into the Bottle” premiere– why sommeliers have a story to tell

The SOMM sequel kicked off of the Napa Valley Film Festival, and 750 people were packed in Napa’s Uptown Theater to see what boy genius Jason Wise had come up with next for oenophiles. Wise said part of the impetus for making the sequel was to satisfy those who felt [...]

By | November 12th, 2015|0 Comments

Catch Sonoma County’s Geoff Kruth on new wine-themed reality TV show ‘Uncorked”

Sonoma County's Geoff Kruth takes viewers into the grueling world of wanna-be sommeliers in "Uncorked," a new reality television show premiering on the Esquire Network on Tuesday, Nov. 10. This six-episode series follows a group of talented sommeliers (Jack Mason, Yannick Benjamin, Jane Lopes, Dana Gaiser, Josh Nadel and  Morgan [...]

By | November 6th, 2015|0 Comments

Wine picks in case of a zombie apocalypse.

If you watch the hit television series “Walking Dead,” you don’t have to imagine a zombie apocalypse. All you need to do is ask yourself this question: Do I have the right wines stashed for one? Personal Wine (www.personalwine.com) is offering its four-bottle series, and then I’ll tell you about [...]

By | October 29th, 2015|0 Comments