Vinography Images: A Sea of Blue

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A Sea of Blue
A tumbling sea of blue grapes moves through the destemmer at harvest in Sonoma County.

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of September 14, 2014

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Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently.

This week included one of the best Xinomavros in existence. What’s Xinomavro, you …read more

KSRO adds Wolf and Smothers to Saturday lineup

Steve Garner, John Ash, Marcy Smothers and Clark Wolf of KSRO's Saturday food lineup.

Steve Garner, John Ash, Marcy Smothers and Clark Wolf of KSRO’s Saturday food lineup.

Saturdays get even tastier on local news station, KSRO (1350AM, 103.5FM) with the debut of “At the Table with Wolf & Smothers” on Oct. 4, 2014.

Wine Country food fanatics Clark Wolf and Marcy Smothers will dish each …read more

Fork Catering Expands

Sarah Piccolo of Fork Catering will take over the Bodega Hwy roadhouse this fal.

Sarah Piccolo of Fork Catering will take over the Bodega Hwy roadhouse this fal.

The adorable little roadhouse at 9890 Bodega Highway that’s seen a number of restaurants come and go in the last several years is being taken over once again, this time by the highly successful <a target="_blank" title="Fork Cafe …read more

Williams-Sonoma Returns

Chuck Williams in 1956. A Williams-Sonoma store will open in Sonoma in October 2014.

Chuck Williams in 1956. A Williams-Sonoma store will open in Sonoma in October 2014.

After several years of planning, permitting and building, kitchen outfitter Williams-Sonoma will be returning to its roots in Sonoma. In celebration of founder Chuck William’s 99th birthday, the store will open in early October at its original …read more

Meet the new critic: the electronic tongue

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Winemakers who make wines for critics, meet your new overlord: the electronic tongue!

Although artificial, or electronic, tongues have been developed before, researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark have a breakthrough in their application to wine. Now, proteins from human saliva can be mixed with wine in the artificial …read more

6 Intriguing Wines To Drink This Fall

Great Carignan Wines Cariñena

For those of you lucky enough to have a fall season where you live, go outside and breath in the air. There is a special smell in the air that’s crisp but still dusty from summer. Some of us are fall lovers because we long for the psychological …read more

Douro Wine Fest – Porto

The Douro Wine Fest proposes an intense programme dedicated to Wine&Gastronomy, with more than 50 activities throughout the 4 days of the festival, such as commented tastings, showcooking, wine masterclasses and Chiefs’ duels, always with Douro Wines as an ingredient or as a perfect pairing.

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To Santa Maria Valley, and my dinner at RN74

Off to Santa Barbara today, for a quick trip to the Santa Maria Valley and Cambria and Byron. I always like traveling through coastal wine country, especially at this time of the year; as you pass by the Santa Lucia Highlands, and the vast stretches of southern Monterey and …read more

Porto Best Of Wine Tourism present at the Douro Wine Fest

On 19 September, 3 of Porto Best Of Wine Tourism Awardees will be present at the 1st edition of the Douro Wine Fest, from 18 to 21 September, in Peso da Régua.

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Sicily ~ Thinking Outside the Boot

I’m nothing, if not overwhelmed, when I step away from Italy and into Sicily. I am also liberated. Freed from thinking things are as they are, because Sicily has its own interpretation for everything.


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2012 Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: North Coast, California – USA
Cost: $15 (SRP)

Winemaker’s Notes: Rich, aromatic dark fruits and baking spices delight the nose, yielding fresh plum and blackberry fruit, violet, dried fig, vanilla bean, and Chinese Five-Spice. The wine is layered with smoky and sappy maple wood, roasted almonds, …read more

A slice of Emilia in LA…

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Traveling today and am slammed with work.

But just had to share at least one image from last night’s Emilia dinner at Sotto in Los Angeles, where I’ve spent the week tasting and rebooting our wine list.

More to come. But in the meantime, a slice of Emilia…


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NV Gosset Champagne Brut Excellence

Wine Review: NV Gosset Champagne Brut Excellence Gosset Brut Excellenceis Champagne that is superior in almost every aspect. The wine is comprised of 36% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir (all from Grand and Premier Cru vineyards) and 19% Pinot Meunier. Gosset has been producing Champagne in Ay, France since 1584 granting …read more