Celebrating Pinot Noir at the SLH Gala

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Amongst one of our favorite California wine regions is Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH), a mountain range that overlooks the Salinas River Valley, where the grapes benefit from a long growing season to produce some spectacular wines. Whenever we can, we try to make it to the SLH Gala held in May. This year our calendar [Read more …]

Meet the New and Improved Chianti Classico Wines


Consorzio del Vino Chianti Classico (the Chianti Classico Consortium in English) has been busy over the last few years, having sponsored a comprehensive 16-year study (1987 through 2003) of the entire Chianti Classico process. They examined everything from the various grapes and clones from which the wines are made, the root stocks which are planted, [Read more …]

A Night to Remember at North Beach’s Sotto Mare

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The Northern California Chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food (or AWIF), hosted its inaugural New American Monday Dinner at North Beach’s Sotto Mare Oysteria and Seafood restaurant on May 11, 2015. The wonderful sold-out event was a good time had by all. What made the event so special? A combination of three [Read more …]

The Glories of Growers Champagne

You would love to celebrate a special event with a nice French champagne, but are intimidated by the nosebleed prices of the most popular brands. Relief may be on its way, thanks to the efforts of Champagne de Vignerons, a syndicate of about 5,000 small, mostly family-owned wineries authorized to label their Methode Champenoise wines, [Read more …]

Discovering Mount Veeder Wines

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Napa. Just one word puts a smile on my face when I think of the wonderful wines that this area produces. But what many people do not realize is the diversity of Napa’s microclimates and soils, which produces distinct wines among its 13 appellations (AVA). The largest AVA in Napa is Mt. Veeder, which has [Read more …]

Catching Up with San Francisco Wine Tastings

Between catching up from our four month Asia trip, weeklong trips to LA and New York, finishing my book (which is scheduled for September publication) and the winding down of Joyce’s consulting career, we missed all too much of what was going on in our adopted home town of San Francisco: restaurant openings, museum and [Read more …]

Exploring Stags Leap District Unknown Wineries

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This last weekend, as discussed in our April 15, 2013 post, was the Stags Leap’s District annual celebration of the appellations vintners and wines. We attended one of the Vineyard to Vintner Weekend’s three events: Saturday’s Open Houses in which 19 wineries opened their facilities and their caves for tours, meet-the-winemaker events, music and merriment. [Read more …]

Napa’s Stags Leap District Stages its Annual Vineyard to Vintner (V2V) Weekend

Stags Leap is, as we have discussed in a number of posts, one of our favorite cab appellations. We are, therefore, anxiously awaiting our first chance to participate in their annual blow-out Vineyard to Vintner weekend, where dozens of the district’s wineries pull out all stops to present their newly released wines. [Read more …]

Just Another San Francisco Weekend: Wine, Cheese and Food, with Art, Flowers and History Thrown In

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We love San Francisco. There’s always something to do. In fact, there is often so much to do that you have to choose among a number of attractive options. The option: squeeze them all into a weekend. It’s a lot of work, but this weekend, we managed to do it: Friday We spend the morning [Read more …]

Epicuria: Food & Zinfandel Pairings—ZAP Does it Again!

We always look forward to the Zinfandel Advocates and Producer (fondly know n as ZAP) annual Zinfandel Festival. The festival has four primary parts: A Grand Tasting which, this year, featured more than 500 Zins from more than 200 producers and attracted 8,000 people: Flights, which provide winemaker-hosted [Read more …]