A Quick Look at Lodi Wine Country 100 miles east of San Francisco and just south of Sacramento you will discover Lodi Wine Country a wine region that’s been around for over 150 years and has been a continuous source of wine grapes since the 1850s. The Lodi Wine region features 100,000 acres of vineyards
Four days of epicurean overload can do you in. In Pebble Beach you have to pace yourself. Attending seminars and lunches can really give you some precious and meaningful insights into what makes this food and wine business so insanely attractive, and will also lead you to discoveries that you’d never otherwise encounter. I treasure
Winemaker Uses Higher Powers to Find Underground Water You don’t need to believe in magic to know that wine country has been thirsty for a water miracle during this difficult dry year. Throughout the drought we have seen rain dances, prayers and now witches are coming to the rescue. The Napa Valley has a secret
3 Essential Reasons You Can Drink Prosecco All Day Prosecco is officially the toast of the town. Prosecco recently beat out Champagne as the most popular sparkling wine in the world. There is no better time like the present to get to the bottom of the Italian bubbly. Wine Oh TV’s Monique Soltani headed to
California Drought: Grape Expectations A little over two months ago Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for the state of California. California’s rain totals are still nowhere near normal and it’s going to take several serious drenching’s to put a dent in the drought. The dry spell has certainly been on the minds of
2012 The Enchanted Napa Valley Vintage The country’s most sought after wine region lived up to its legacy when hungry wine enthusiasts converged on the Napa Valley for the record breaking 2014 Premiere Napa Valley Barrel Auction. The wine auction brought in close to twice as much money as it did last year raising $5.896
Women Winemakers at Women of the Vine Pour The Fruits of Their Labors: by Laura Ness Wonderfully, the world of wine has been made ever more magical by the fact that so many wines are increasingly being made by women. You’d be surprised to learn how many women winemakers are behind the rather significant brands
2012 Jeff Runquist Barbera Wine Takes Best of Show at 2014 Jerry Mead NWIWC The Jerry Mead New World International Wine Competition marks its Silver Anniversary in 2014, celebrating 25 years of rewarding excellence. This year was no exception, with the crowning of the first Barbera to take top honors as “Best of Show” in
When I interviewed winemaker Celia Welch at this year’s Premiere Napa Valley she told me her Scarecrow Wine “has a little magic in it” (video to come later). I don’t think even she knew at that point just how magical her Premiere Napa Valley lot really was. The Napa Valley Vintners’ 18th annual Premiere Napa
More than Milan: Undiscovered Italian Treasures Culture, cuisine, fashion and finance, Italy’s Milan has it all. After you’ve seen Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, experienced the La Scala opera house, and overindulged in designers, we invite you to take your travels even further and go beyond Milan. When you sashay beyond the catwalk you
Bordeaux Wine: On the Front lines of the Grapevines Last year, over three million tourists traveled to France with more than 700,000 of them making a grape escape to the Bordeaux wine region. Most people will live their entire life and never get a chance to travel to the world’s most well known wine region.
Once again a Livermore wine takes the lead! Congratulations to the guys named “Steve” at 3 Steves Winery in Livermore Wine Country for winning best red wine at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Competition for their 2011 Cienega Zinfandel! Wow, that’s the second Best of Show in the last three years for a Livermore wine.
The Best of Bordeaux Wine for Under $50 Bucks Many people think of Bordeaux wine as out of reach. At a recent wine tasting of the Merlot driven red wine appellation of Saint-Émilion, I learned the wines from the Bordeaux’s Right Bank are elegant, balanced, and pleasing on the palate and the pocketbook. Over 30
Winemakers, Movie Magic & Mary Poppins Wine Country Gone Hollywood: Napa Valley Film Festival: I’m not sure if it’s because I grew up in Hollywood or if it’s because I’ve always been a believer in the magic of make believe but there is something so special about watching a movie. Films can truly take you
California Wine Pioneers After traveling to Paso Robles in October 2013, I wasn’t the least bit surprised when I heard the news that Wine Enthusiast named Paso Robles the 2013 Wine Region of the Year. Paso Robles Wine Country is exactly halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast of California. The wine
The Real Bordeaux Whether you fancy yourself a French wine expert, or just a wine enthusiast looking to soak up all that these famous wines have to offer, we are getting to the bottom of Bordeaux wines and, uncovering a few facts, you certainly Don’t Know About Bordeaux. For starters, the main grape variety in
Franciacorta The glitz and glamor that go along with Northern Italy’s passion for fashion has gotten them all of the international glory, until now. The same region that makes some of the most sought after Italian brands in the world (Prada, Gucci, Ferrari) has been hiding away Italy’s best kept secret. With one sip of
Learn about Livermore Wine: There is nothing like blind tasting wines with a group of “experts.” Recently, I had the great pleasure to blind taste a series of 2009 Cabernet blends from the Northern Hemisphere with colleagues Virginie Boone (Wine Enthusiast), Randy Caparoso (Sommelier Journal), Mike Dunne (Sacramento Bee) and W. Blake Gray (The Gray
Chianti Classico Experience Conceiving the nectar of the gods is a labor of love in the Tuscan wine region where Tuscans have been enjoying the fruits of their labor for centuries. The recipes that have been handed down for generations are the backbone and the heartbeat of this land where heritage and home go hand
Wine Oh TV’s 100th Episode with Michael Mondavi Most people could interchange the name Mondavi for wine like you would Q-tips for a cotton swab or Kleenex for a tissue. When you have name like Mondavi you aren’t just a name you are a brand. With a big name comes big responsibilities and Michael Mondavi takes
Winemakers: Angelina Mondavi & Shauna Rosenblum 2013 International Women’s Wine Competition Results: Ladies listen up, here are seven wines you must try! These are the best wines for women because they were rated and reviewed with the feminine mystique in mind. The International Women’s Wine Competition is expertly judged by women for women wine buyers.
Okanagan Valley Travel Tips Before making your next travel plans, you might want to consider a trip to British Columbia, Canada, especially if you are interested in wine tasting, touring and exploring. The Okanagan Valley runs for 125 miles and is home to more than 100 wineries. British Columbia is about a four hour-drive from
Get ready for the “CABs of Distinction” wine tasting event in Paso Robles, April 25-26. Put on by a consortium of winemakers who wholeheartedly believe Paso is holy ground for producing the King of Grapes, this event provides the perfect opportunity to indulge in spectacular quality wines from producers of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and red