Francis Ford Coppola unveils new name for the former Geyser Peak Winery

Francis Ford Coppola. (Photo: Featureflash / Shutterstock.com) The Academy Award-winning director, best known for his Godfather series and Apocalypse Now, looked at the Today Show crew and joked “Who’s the director here? I’m the actor today.” Once Coppola was given his cue, he unveiled the new name of [...]

By | September 24th, 2015|0 Comments

The Best of the Best at the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction

At Sunday’s Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction bidders were giddy with goodwill, raising a record-breaking $4.5 million. To capture the color of the auction – the fashion, the humor, the bidding mentality – here’s this year’s list of “bests,” from best dressed, to best lot, to best quote. For those who [...]

By | September 7th, 2015|0 Comments

The Face behind Fund-the-Future

Meet Briana Lara. The eight-year-old wears jeans, pink sneakers with yellow laces and a t-shirt that says: “Keep Calm and Shine On.” When she smiles, she surprises you with dimples. Briana is one among many in Sonoma County benefiting from Fund-The-Future, the group lot that raised a record-breaking $1.7 million [...]

By | September 4th, 2015|0 Comments

Crowdfunding at the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction?

“Fund-the-Future” is the ultimate in crowdfunding, and this Kickstarteresque effort to raise money for literacy is certain to spiral into seven digits at Sunday’s Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction. This incarnation of crowdfunding happens, for the most part, under the white tent where the goodwill hoopla is infectious. Last year paddle-holders [...]

By | September 1st, 2015|0 Comments

“I don’t think the incident will keep African Americans from Wine Country, but it might keep them from the wine train.”

Mack Roach III, an African American wine enthusiast, said he’s concerned about the recent Napa Wine Train incident. The radiation oncologist at UCSF in San Francisco was just in Wine Country on Saturday. He joined 100 other African Americans at Vision Cellars’ Greens Cook Off. “I don’t think the incident will [...]

By | August 25th, 2015|0 Comments

Top five earthquake preparedness tips for vintners

Several vintners I spoke to weren’t affected by Sunday’s tremor – the 3.92-magnitude earthquake with its epicenter northeast of The Geysers. But this jolt, coupled with the one-year anniversary of the South Napa earthquake, has many vintners taking action. Here’s a short list of tips from vintners: 1)        Talk to [...]

By | August 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Beware. Green wine drinkers detest greenwashing.

Greenwashing? Greenwashing is the practice of just paying lip service to environmental issues, and for the record, Millennials loathe it. “They are always on the lookout for corporate hypocrisy,” according to Forbes magazine. How does this translate to the green wine drinker? I recently asked several of these green palates, [...]

By | August 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Insider tip for the everyday wine drinker

A friend I know said he routinely checks over the wine merchandise at the Grocery Outlet on Fourth Street in Santa Rosa. He tells me it's the best way to keep the economics of being an everyday wine drinker in check. When I stopped in I was surprised by the [...]

By | August 14th, 2015|0 Comments

Request: Tips for how to best enjoy the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

With the event quickly approaching – Sept. 4-6- the vintners are no doubt prepping for their zany auction skits, and we’re preparing too. We’re working on a story that will give people the best “insider’s guide” for the weekend events. We’re asking you to lend a hand by sending your [...]

By | August 11th, 2015|0 Comments

Early harvest points to a bizarre year

As the pick begins in Northern California’s Wine Country, winegrowers reveal what’s behind it: a peculiar year. Andy Smith, winegrower and co-owner of DuMol Vineyard & Winery in Santa Rosa, said “It’s been a very strange year … the season never settled into a consistent weather pattern.” On Aug. 19 [...]

By | August 5th, 2015|0 Comments