New California Quality Stars

From a wine-grape-growing standpoint, California is blessed with having a variety of climates, soils and water sources from which to cultivate exceptional fruit for...

Sparkling, Red, White & Blue Wines

I know the 4th of July is significant in many ways, but I always see it as a yearly gratitude check. Whether the White...

Zinfandel | America’s Wine Grape

Yes, I know Zinfandel sprung to life centuries ago in Croatia, but it was never embraced or promoted there. As had the Pilgrims, Zinfandel...

Whitecaps Pizza: Affordable Beachfront Dining

We all know that typically in Lake Tahoe beachfront dining is not always affordable. If we add quality food with creative twists to the...

Pianeta Cucina Italiana | 20 Years of Italian Love

For even occasional visitors to Pianeta in downtown Truckee, the experience of excellence is obvious. The food is crafted by a top-notch kitchen staff...

 Are There Cherries in My Pinot?

Ever wonder how those smells and tastes get in your glass of wine? Wine is basically fermented grape juice, and yet don’t we consistently...

Renowned wines of Pride Mountain Winery

At a recent cellar dinner at Pride Mountain Winery that I attended, master sommelier Evan Goldstein remarked that Pride is one of only a...

The Worldwide Web & Wine

One thing I have noted over the years of interacting with wine lovers is that they are interested in more than just drinking the...

The best wines for spring

You have to love spring with new life everywhere, buds bursting, chicks chirping and, here in the mountains, no more shoveling. One could say...

Wedding wines in five easy steps

Wedding season is coming and couples, planners and friends of the bride worldwide are trying to select wines that please everyone from the grandparents...