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Rebecca Chapa

Wine, Meet Music. Music, Meet Wine.

When Lilith Fair was in town at the Shoreline Ampitheatre I joined a bunch of my friends, including Ziggy the Wine Gal (rock star sommelier and personal sommelier for Journey—talk about a title!) to pour wine backstage for the “talent”. Roadie to rockstar, wine and music are hard to separate. 

Summer Red Wines for Fog Heads

Living in San Francisco in the summer is a challenge for some. Maybe it’s my memories of steamy, sweltering sleepless New York nights, but I actually love the fog—I even live in the Outer Richmond, famed fog belt of the city. Why relish the fog? For one it makes San Francisco a year round natural for bold juicy reds.

Wine Debate: Corks v. Screw Caps

Recently I held a tasting of Ribera del Duero wines at a retail store. I really enjoy getting the chance to directly connect with the public—it brings me back to reality.

Wine Competitions: How to Use Them

I may be somewhat biased since I both judge wine competitions and run a few of them myself, but I find that despite the criticism they often get wine competitions can be very helpful for the consumer. They offer a way to weed through the tons of wines that are out on the market and provide a service that is unique. Critics of competitions will say that they are useless and that scores given to the wines entered do not matter, but I would have to disagree. Most competitions are careful to choose expert judges, and each has different criteria. Some do not allow winemakers while others prefer to have a technical palate on each panel. Each panel tastes through a series of wines "blind", i.e. knowing only the basics, sometimes just grape variety, sometimes vintage and price.
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