Monthly Archives: June 2010

Oregon Wineries Embrace 'Green' Philosophy

     No state takes the “green movement” more seriously than Oregon, and that certainly goes for Oregon’s grape growers and wine estates.

     When the governor of the state put forth the Carbon Neutral Challenge Initiative, more than two dozen wineries got involved right away…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Arrowood to Concentrate on Amapola

     Wine industry icon Richard Arrowood has announced his decision to leave his long-time position as winemaster at Arrowood Vineyards & Winery to make a full-time commitment to his newest venture, Amapola Creek.

     Founded in 2007 with wife Alis Demers Arrowood, Amapola Creek is a tiny, ultra-premium winery that focuses on organically farmed, estate-grown, small-lot Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel from the Sonoma Valley.

      As Arrowood prepares to enter…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Extending the Summertime Wine Fun

     Imagine floating on a raft – or a canoe or kayak – while listening to great jazz and blues music.

     As if California’s North Coast wine country didn’t already offer enough diversions, the aforementioned scenario will present itself at the 34th annual Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival on the weekend of September 11-12.

     This marks the second year that Omega Events has paired the two music genres in response to visitor suggestions…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Expanded Label Information

     Should wine labels be required to include nutritional information?

     It’s an ongoing debate, with many people in the wine industry opposed to the idea, even as the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau works on a revised set of rules.

     The opposition is based mainly on the amount of work that would be involved to include the information. Wineries already have to jump through hoops…

Posted in Wine and Health

Achieving Burger Bliss

     For 20 years, Sutter Home Winery has sponsored the “Build a Better Burger Contest,” which this year will award a $100,000 prize.

     To mark the anniversary of the contest, contest judge James McNair and Sutter Home executive chef Jeffrey Starr have written a wonderful book called “Burger Parties,” published by Ten Speed Press.

     It’s packed with recipes that are perfect for summertime grilling…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

A Wine Label You Can Believe In

     Yesterday here on, we urged you to take a “buyer beware” approach when it came to reading and interpreting a wine label.

     We pointed out that certain words and phrases infer a higher level of quality but, in fact, carry no legal meaning.

     Today, however, we’d like to point out a label that’s actually worth seeking out…

Posted in Wine Cellar Notes

The Language of the Label

     You can learn a lot from reading a wine label. You also can learn nothing at all.

     Allow us to explain.

     Among the important pieces of information you can glean from perusing a label are the winery that made the wine, the region in which the grapes were grown, what year those grapes were grown, and the variety of the grapes…

Posted in Wine Cellar Notes

Wine Events Raise $4.3 Million for Charity

     You can read about the numerous health benefits associated with wine in the “Wine & Health” section of

     While moderate consumption of wine has been shown to be part of a healthful lifestyle, it should be noted that wine also is an important part of the community – whether that community is in “wine country” or in some far-flung locale such as Miami.

     Each year, thousands of wine festivals and auctions are held across the country…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Champagne Wishes and Good Health Dreams

     Remember the TV series “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”?

     Host Robin Leach would take viewers inside the homes of celebrities and other highly compensated people so they could demonstrate, in essence, how to spend money.

     If we’re remembering Leach’s signature sign-off correctly, he would end each program by…

Posted in Wine and Health

A Quick Quiz to Test Your Wine Knowledge

     Think you know a lot about wine?

     Test your knowledge – and perhaps learn something new – with this quick quiz. You’ll find the answers below question No. 5.

     1. The ancient Romans were the first to identify grape varieties and understand that exposure to air could harm wine and hasten its aging. What did…

Posted in Editor's Journal
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