Starting a Wine Tasting Group

Summer is just around the corner, and with it many new wines from the 2013 vintage and earlier will be released. It’ll break most...

Exceptional rosés

Emilie Penaranda of Chateau de Saint-Martin · To misquote Gertrude Stein, “A Rosé is a Rosé is a Rosé,” except, of course, when it is...

Santa Lucia Highlands Wines

Rebecca Green Birdsall, proprietor, of Black Kite · The Santa Lucia mountain range overlooks the Salinas River Valley. Near enough to Monterey Bay to get...

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...

New, hot wine brands

Rusty Folena and Bobby Gullett of Vino Noceto. · Each year, a leading wine industry magazine, Wine Business Monthly, recognizes 10 wine brands from across...

Fabulous Zinfandels

Dave Dart from d'Art Wines in Lodi pours for Connie Mooney of Homewood  ·   For lovers of Zinfandel from California, there are two important functions...

Placer County wines

One of the best ways to experience a variety of Sierra Foothill wines is to attend an event that features them. The recent Passport...

What is bottle shock?

The Judgement of Paris, a famous wine tasting held in Paris in 1976, essentially proved that top-quality California wines were as good as top-quality...

Petra features unique wines

Kali Kopley has enlivened the Tahoe wine scene for several years now with her Uncorked wine bars in Truckee, Olympic Valley and Tahoe City....

Great sommeliers: Christian O’Kuinghttons

““In the evolution of the American palate for wine styles, we are moving from simplicity to complexity.” Christian O'Kuinghttons Editor’s Note: This is the first part...