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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

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