It’s not easy to please both Aunt Edith and your sister’s hipster boyfriend; to find a match for tart cranberry sauce, creamy green bean almondine (thanks, Edi) and freshly-foraged mushroom stuffing smothered in Turkey gravy. Such a challenge is nothing to be thankful for. But here are five wines that will get the whole happy family through the neverending Thanksgiving feast.
There is a winery in the heart of downtown Manhattan that imports 200 tons of premium California grapes every year: Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, Pinot Noir from Russian River, Syrah from Paso Robles. But the barrels full of wine that line the Tribeca space is just a backdrop for the main attraction: music. Now, the founder of that winery/music venu/restaurant/wine bar is importing a bit of New York City to Napa Valley.
It was a wine-soaked showdown of valley floor vs. mountain Cabernet Sauvignon at the Napa Valley Vintners last Friday — with points scored on both sides and the winner left entirely undecided.
Glimpses of waves crashing against the shore can be seen through patches of fog, yet the late-October sun is warm and bright. Guests of the first annual Fort Ross-Seaview wine festival are shedding layers. This is what it feels like to be 'above the fog line,' a term you often hear from grape growers in what is coined 'the true Sonoma Coast.'
Winemakers and grape growers are getting ready for a much needed vacation as the final grapes are picked this week throughout Napa and Sonoma.
It’s harvest season and Napa Valley is up all night: Bright spotlights move up and down vineyard rows as pickers relieve the vines of their heavy load, literally running from vine to vine, clusters of fruit piled high.
It’s not the most obvious combination: a Chilean making Italian varietal wine in a remote pocket of Mendocino County.
Tasked with creating a menu for Hotel Healdsburg’s Spirit Bar — which opened earlier this year as a reincarnation of the hotel’s former no-name lobby bar — Dustin Valette, the Executive Chef of Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen (also housed in the hotel) started thinking about some of his favorite childhood food.
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