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Former Screaming Eagle Winemaker Releases New Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

In 2007, a recent UC Davis grad found himself in the enviable position of making, alongside international consultant Michel Rolland and renowned California winemaker Andy Erickson, one of the most expensive, sought-after wines in Napa Valley.

A Culinary Wonderland Opens in Sebastopol

Photo courtesy of La Follette Wines

Sebastopol is not a town that is accustomed to, let’s say, a lot of change.

Jancis Robinson Celebrates Release of 'American Wine'

At the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Monday night, British wine writer Jancis Robinson, who was recently nominated for a James Beard Award for her seven-pound book Wine Grapes — a comprehensive collection of grape varieties’ origins and migrations — celebrated the release of her latest work, American Wine.

Rosé Wines to Drink This Spring

Rose from Mumm

The Brangelina rosé may have sold out faster than any rosé ever in the history of rosé, but don't worry, we've got a few good ones in the Bay Area being released just in time for the Vernal Equinox on March 20th — which marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere or, as we like to think of it, the season for rosé.

Tasting Spirits at Distilleries May Soon Be Reality in California

What does California have in common with Nevada, Alaska and Mississippi? If you’re stumped, don’t worry, because there may actually only be one thing: A prohibition against distilleries selling tastes and bottles of their product at the actual distillery.

Paddles Fly and Prices Soar at Premiere Napa Valley

The auction at Premiere Napa Valley

During the annual Premiere Napa Valley at The Culinary Institute of America on Saturday, members of the trade got an early look at how the wines of 2011 are shaping up.

Napa Valley's Vintners Hall of Fame Welcomes Four New Members

Vintner Hall of Fame

On Monday, the historical Napa Valley winegrowing elite gathered on the second floor of The Culinary Institute of America to talk, mostly, about people who weren't there.

Complex Wines for When "It's Complicated"

Chinato Americano by Vergano

Ditch the port, anything pink, and don’t even think about pairing something with tuxedo-clad strawberries. Because if “it’s complicated” — and it always is — you’ll need something a little more complex than sweet and simple sap.

It is Officially Time to Stop Hating on California Chardonnay

Chardonnay at Bluxome Street Winery In Pursuit of Balance

“None of the winemaking is going to walk down that Rombauer road,” said Jon Bonné, by way of introducing a tasting and discussion of California Chardonnays at Bluxome Street Winery in SoMa on Monday afternoon. His comment was met with giggles and guffaws from the audience who were mostly wine industry professionals because, well, Rombauer has become the brunt of every California Chardonnay joke; the emblematic “oaky, buttery,” style that had many who considered their palates too refined for residual sugar, begging for “ABC” or “Anything but Chardonnay” for years.

When Napa Valley Pirates Talk About Wine

His is a story of a man from a small town who left the family business to find out "what else there was in the world." Only in this case, the small town is Napa Valley and the family business is a winery —the pull of which is a little stronger than, say, if it were a shoe store in Iowa. Armed with a degree in television production and a couple years of Hollywood experience under his belt, Judd Finkelstein returned to Judd's Hill Winery, and has spent his time well. Besides making wine, Finkelstein is showing what can be done with a pirate and a marketing budget. 

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