Monthly Archives: January 2011

What's So Confusing About 'Sonoma County'?

In 1989, a regulation went into effect that many feel helped put California’s Napa Valley on the map.

The regulation required that those two words – “Napa Valley” – be included on any wine produced in the valley, even if the name of a more specific viticultural area (such as “Rutherford” or “St. Helena”) already appeared on the label.

Not long thereafter, similar regulations went into effect for the Paso Robles and Lodi growing areas…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Mustard Festival Spices Up Things in Napa Valley

Evidence of the coming spring arrives early each year in California’s Napa Valley.

The fall colors of the most recent harvest now a faded memory, the stark rows of grapevines up and down the valley floor seem to have been covered in a blanket of yellow.

Long before Punxsutawney Phil shows his face in Pennsylvania, wild mustard plants seem to almost submerge the Napa vines…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

A Special Night in 2008

There’s no better way to enjoy fine wines than at a dinner featuring a menu that was developed specifically to complement those wines.

We like to share wine dinner menus with you to help get your creative juices flowing in the kitchen – because every dinner is better with wine, and can become spectacular with the right wine…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Touring Tips on 3 Continents

If you love to visit wineries, there is no shortage of opportunities – either here in the United States, or in the world’s numerous other winemaking countries.

Let’s take a look at three such opportunities, beginning in California’s Sonoma County, then heading south to Argentina, and ending up across the pond in Italy. You’ll read about two wine estates, as well as a new book packed with touring tips.

Fasten your seatbelt! Here we go…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log
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