Great summer sippers

By Lou Phillips ·    Wine crew member Vanessa Von Twistern enjoying a summer favorite.   “Red wine on warm days? You bet. We’re talking Beaujolais … the...

The pros & cons of oak barrels

Although oak barrels have been used for centuries, there is not a more controversial or misunderstood practice in the world of wine. In the...

A Rosé primer

  On a recent stroll with Abigail, aka “The World’s Best Dog,” we passed a sidewalk cafe where, as was evident by their demeanor, two...

Paso Robles, Part II

Paso Robles, My last column hurt me more than it hurt you; so, let the healing begin. You know I’m a big fan and I...

Sauvignon Blanc from around the world

By Barbara Keck ·   It’s not like we really need a special day to enjoy Sauvignon Blanc, but the wine industry designated one recently. And,...

Warm Weather Wines

This is my favorite feature of the year, not only because it is the harbinger of months of sunny, warm days, but also because...

Blending old, new at Cottonwood

  On a hill overlooking downtown Truckee, with panoramic views of the Sierra, sits a grand building that began life in the 1800s as a...

Design Your Own Wine Tasting Party

It is safe to say most wine lovers imbibe for shear enjoyment, whether to refresh in summer, to fortify in winter — like in...

Dockside offers excellent wine pairings

Dockside offers excellent wine pairings By Barbara Keck I think that Dockside 700 is going to be my new favorite place in Tahoe City for...

Perfect pairings at Trokay

2009 E. Guigal Gigondas and the 2011 Chardonnay from Sequoia Grove  · An unforgettable wine-food pairing experience waits for you at Trokay in downtown Truckee....