Best of the Best at the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction

Eva Bertran of Gloria Ferrer holds her bidding paddle high for the Fund-a-Future segment of the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction to support children in the local community, at Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood, California on Sunday, September 4, 2016. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat) To capture the [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|1 Comment

The unstoppable Amelia Morán Ceja, president of Napa Valley’s Ceja Vineyards

Amelia Morán Ceja, president of Napa Valley’s Ceja Vineyards, shared her story to a filled auditorium at Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Her inspirational talk kicked off the 3-part Women in Conversation series, a program that will also include Ayesha Curry on Oct. 7 and Hip Chick Farms’ Jennifer Johnson and Serafina Palandech on Nov. 10.

By | September 2nd, 2016|1 Comment

Siduri Wine Lounge is not-to-be-missed.

The Grand Opening for the Siduri Wine Lounge is Labor Day weekend, and it’s a chance for pinot noir fanatics to check out the brand’s new digs just off the Healdsburg Plaza. The lounge is located at 241 Healdsburg Ave., and it replaces the former Partake by KJ, which closed [...]

By | September 1st, 2016|1 Comment

Boost Your Wine IQ: Hosting Carnivores and Vegans

Hosting isn’t as easy as it used to be, according to Jill Nussinow, author of four books, including "Veggie Queen” and “Vegans Under Pressure.” She suspects hosts in Wine Country are thinking: “All I wanted to do was have a Labor Day get-together and now 20 different people want food [...]

By | August 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Speed Dating with Winemakers?

The Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) had its “Simply Summer Celebration” at Geyserville’s Trentadue Winery Sunday and offered a new take on “Meet the Makers”: Speed Dating. Groups of eight had a total of 10 minutes to converse with individual winemakers, rotating through with their curiosity on fire. Nearly 250 [...]

By | August 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Goodwill Sipping

Here’s an offer you can’t refuse: A wine tasting excursion that will benefit children half a world away in Africa. Eleven Sonoma County wineries are hosting the second annual V2V Wine Safari Sept. 3-11 to benefit clean water efforts for children in western Kenya. V2V stands for Vineyards to Villages. [...]

By | August 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Boost Your Wine IQ: Harvestspeak

And so it begins, another harvest when fermenting grapes fills the air, reminding us that we live an agrarian life, and that just outside our door are hillsides ribbed in vineyards. Last week Mumm Napa Winery began picking grapes for its bubbly, with other sparkling wine houses following suit. Here’s [...]

By | July 27th, 2016|4 Comments

Chateau St. Jean’s Somber Bastille Day Celebration

  My Francophile friend and I went to the Bastille Day celebration at Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood on Saturday, and the GM immediately set the tone. Michael McNeil spoke about the attack in Nice, telling the crowd how upsetting it was. He said, in so many words, we stand [...]

By | July 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Let the Tourist Wars Begin

Some Kenwood residents are outraged by what they see as spiraling development. The latest upset? Kenwood Vineyards, purchased by international wine and spirits giant Pernod Ricard in 2014, drew criticism from local residents when it outlined its effort to get a use permit for a new tasting room and an [...]

By | July 1st, 2016|1 Comment

Take the perfect wine-centric day-cation through Napa

Do you squeeze a vacation into a 24-hour sprint? If so, you’re in good company. It turns out that day trippers are the largest segment of tourists — 66.2 percent – and they fancy wine tasting, with an average of 3.5 tasting rooms typically on their itinerary, according to a [...]

By | June 28th, 2016|2 Comments