Wines for the fall

By Lou Phillips ·  Insert your favorite lengthy autumn word-picture here. I’m saving my space allotment to talk about wines that brighten our change of...

Restaurant Trokay sets a high bar

By Lou Phillips · What do The French Laundry, Alinea and a little ol’ restaurant in Truckee have in common? Multicourse tasting menus of renown,...

Distinctive wines at Skinner Vineyards

By Lou Phillips     This may be the golden age for visiting the scenic Sierra Foothills wine region as the quality is improving at a rapid...

Bar of America delivers

By Lou Phillips ·   Wonderful food and drink, and live music await.   Bar of America has been a wine, food and music destination for more than...

Portuguese wines great for summer

One of my favorite summer wines are Vinho Verde wines from Portugal. This wine comes to mind when you say wines of Portuga to...

New, hot wine brands, Part II

Molly Drew of Drew Wines · In my last column, I talked about five New Hot Wine Brands, as voted on each year by the...

Northstar’s Grand Tasting

By Lou Phillips Dawn Bertsch pours the Failla Chard with Sunnyside's Cindy Burnham on the left. If you put the word grand in the title of...
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Wines to complement a barbecue

It’s fire-up-the-grill season and barbecue is one of the best dance partners wine has ever had. Bold, meaty and smoky not only describe what’s...

California wines shine at Gar Woods

By Lou Phillips · Enjoy great food, gracious service and amazing vistas at Gar Woods · On the shore of Carnelian Bay stands an icon that...

Soule Domain sophistication

  A fall visit to the Soule Domain was a chance to not only review the wine and dine experience at this Kings Beach icon,...