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Tatomer: The Cool New Wine in Town


There was a time not so long ago when Riesling was snubbed by those who deemed themselves sophisticated wine drinkers — it was considered cheap, sweet swill for your grandmother.

Kara’s Toasts Robert Mondavi’s 100th with Fumé Blanc Cupcakes

Robert Mondavi is no longer alive. But if he were, he would be turning 100 years old today. To commemorate his would-be centennial birthday, Margrit is dedicating a block of the famous To Kalon vineyard to her late-husband and throwing a huge bash tonight at the winery.

A New Shade of Pink: Idlewild's Non-Rosé

When Sam and Jessica Bilbro decided to make their own wine in 2012, they set out to find some of the most distinctive and unusual vineyards in the North Coast, traditional California varieties be damned.

2013's Auction Napa Valley Raises Record Millions for Children in Need

Auction Napa Valley

Thousands of bidders, vintners and volunteers descended on the lawn of Meadowood resort in St. Helena on Saturday for the annual Auction Napa Valley; one of the largest wine fundraising events in the world.

Napa Valley Distillery Opens Vintage Barware Shop

Because even Napa knows man cannot live on wine alone, into the heart of the region comes a one-stop-shop for all your cocktail needs.

Nightlife Options Bloom in Downtown Napa

Continuing its steady march towards becoming a city that keeps the lights on after 10 pm, Downtown Napa welcomed a new kid to the block of First Street and Franklin last weekend.

Southwest France Reborn in Napa Valley

What do the Three Musketeers, an obscure white wine and one particular impassioned Frenchman have in common? In this case, they all originated in Southwest France and now have a home, of sorts, in Napa Valley.

Sonoma Valley's Best Sparkling Wine

Sparkling Wine

What, there is more than one sparkling wine made in the relatively small growing region surrounding the town of Sonoma? Gloria Ferrer (owned by the Cava producer Freixenet) may be the most widely known, but, yes, there are others — including many still wine producers who make a bit of bubbly on the side.

Why Malo Matters in Napa Now More than Ever

Malolactic Fermentation

It is almost impossible to go wine tasting in Napa Valley and not hear about what percentage of the Chardonnay you are tasting underwent a mysterious transformation known as malolactic fermentation.

Honor Legendary Napa Vintner George Vare with a Tribute Tasting at Arlequin

If there could be a wine further away from what we think of as the typical Napa wine, it would be Ribolla Gialla. Native to the Friuli region in Northeastern Italy, it’s not the most obvious grape to grow in the land of big reds and yet there it is—three acres in Oak Knoll.

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