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  • San Francisco International Wine Competition and San Francisco World Spirits Competition announce 2015 San Francisco Competitions Double Gold Tour

    (September 3, 2015; San Francisco, CA)—The annual San Francisco International Wine Competition and San Francisco World Spirits Competition, directed by Anthony Dias Blue and sponsored by The Tasting Panel Magazine, will embark on a massive 11 city Double Gold Tour beginning September 15. Select Double Gold medalists and Premium Award winners hailing from around the globe will showcase their premium wine and spirits to trade and media. The tour is a unique opportunity to taste the competitions' top winners and to discover the next trending tastes, styles and varietals for 2016.



  • Malibu's Dolin Estate makes the list of the "101 Best Wineries in America for 2015"

    (August 12, 2015; Malibu, CA)—Dolin  Estate, a Malibu Coast-based wine brand inspired by a Chardonnay vineyard planted by proprietors Elliott and Lynn Dolin in 2006, has been included as one of   “101 best wineries in America for 2015” in The Daily Meal’s prestigious list.



  • Classic Wines, LLC appoints Christopher Mattson as Vice President of National Sales

    (August 6, 2015; Sonoma, CA)—Bill Price, owner of Classic Wines, LLC, is pleased to announce that Christopher Mattson has joined his team as vice president of national sales for his collection of small, fine wineries, which includes Three Sticks, LUTUM and Head High Wines. Mattson brings over 15 years of professional wine sales and marketing experience to the role, most recently serving as division vice president of West Burgundy Wine Group for the last two years at Jackson Family Wines.



  • Frank Family Vineyards Hires Michael Sterling as Southern Territory Sales Manager

    (August 5, 2015; Calistoga, CA)—Frank Family Vineyards is pleased to welcome Michael Sterling as southern territory sales manager, a new position for the Napa Valley-based winery. In this position, Sterling will be based in Austin, Texas and will oversee sales and distribution for Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.



  • Paul Hobbs Wines welcomes Rick Bonitati as Chief Operating Officer

    (July 30, 2015; Sebastopol, CA)—Paul Hobbs Wines is pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Bonitati to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Bonitati will assist in the oversight, development, and growth of all Paul Hobbs entities including Paul Hobbs Winery, CrossBarn Winery, Paul Hobbs Imports, Viña Cobos, Crocus, and other new projects.



  • Thursday Night Live by Priest Ranch Winery brings live music, local food and wines to downtown Yountville

    (July 28, 2015; Yountville, CA)—Priest Ranch Winery is pleased to announce the continuation of its "Thursday Night Live" summer concert series at its downtown Yountville tasting room, located at 6490 Washington Street. In addition to music from local bands, guests will enjoy Priest Ranch's 100% estate Napa Valley wines paired with cuisine from popular food trucks including Mark's the Spot, Crossroad Chicken and Dabba.



  • Martinelli Winery & Vineyards and Chef Josh Silvers kick-off summer with wine barbeque events

    (July 20, 2015; Windsor, CA)—This summer Martinelli Winery & Vineyards, located at 3360 River Road in Windsor, CA, will host a series of events pairing small-lot Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast wines poured straight from the barrel, with smoked pig and other local meats barbequed by Chef Josh Silvers.



  • Stony Hill and the Triumph of Terroir over Time

    When Fred and Eleanor McCrea stumbled across the property that would become Stony Hill Vineyard it was the early 1940s and the United States was on the cusp of a new awakening in industry, fashion and economics. Fred, an advertising executive in nearby San Francisco, craved a getaway in the mountains where he, Eleanor and his two children could relax and get outside. Wine lovers themselves, they liked the idea of growing grapes in retirement.



  • Head High Wines partners with Sustainable Surf to bring attention to ocean preservation

    (July 14, 2015; Sonoma, CA)—Head High Wines partners Bill Price and Sam Spencer are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Sustainable Surf, a California-based non-profit organization committed to preserving beaches and oceans for surf enthusiasts.



  • Cain Vineyard & Winery moves to Banville Wine Merchants for New York distribution

    (July 2, 2015; St. Helena, CA)—Cain has found a new group in New York to "carry the bag" and tell its story. "The fit is perfect," said Cain's sales manager, Katie Lazar. "Banville is small, family-owned, with no more wines than they can actually know, and a team that is passionately committed to selling wines from vineyards rather than empty brands." Banville Wine Merchants began as a national importer of fine Italian wines, and launched its distribution division in 2011. Notes Lazar, "They're in perfect alignment with our values as a steadfast vineyard-driven estate."



  • This Memorial Day, Patriarch Cabernet Sauvignon honors World War II Veteran, Hy Frank

    (May 18, 2015; Calistoga, CA)—With Memorial Day quickly approaching, Frank Family Vineyards is excited to announce the release of the first vintage of a new wine, Patriarch. This outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon was made in honor of winery owner Rich Frank's 98-year-old father and World War II veteran, Hy Frank. Frank Family Vineyards is proud to honor Hy and all American veterans who have given their lives to defend our rights and freedoms.



  • Ehlers Estate: at the crossroad of mindfulness and excellent wine in the Napa Valley

    (May 15, 2015; Saint Helena, Calif.)—Just off Highway 29 in Saint Helena, in the midst of the prestige, showmanship and glitz that define many of the surrounding wineries, lies Ehlers Estate: a picturesque organically farmed 42-acre vineyard with a stone barn winery dating back to 1886, and a small, devoted winemaking and hospitality staff. At Ehlers Estate, a quiet presence and dedicated team speak loudly of its founding principles: a passion for wine, dedication to quality, and a commitment to family. If ever there were a buzz word of today, it would be “mindfulness,” and if ever there were a winery to embody that term, it would be Ehlers Estate.



  • Badia a Coltibuono announces new cooking courses run by renowned chef Benedetta Vitali

    (April 24, 2015; Chianti, Italy)—Badia a Coltibuono, a world-famous epicurean destination and wine estate in Chianti, Tuscany, is thrilled to launch a selection of cooking classes led by celebrated chef Benedetta Vitali. Her courses embrace Badia a Coltibuono's rich land, lifestyle and history, and pay respect to Chianti's authentic cuisine and regional beauty. Chef Vitali, a visionary of Tuscan cuisine, is the co-founder of Cibreo, a very traditional, popular Florentine restaurant, and she is also the founder/chef of Zibibbo, a notable trattoria emphasizing farm-to-table cuisine and inventive twists on classic recipes.



  • Dolin Estate reveals new "Malibu Coast" designation with 2013 Chardonnay release

    (April 16 2015; Malibu, CA) Elliott and Lynn Dolin are proud to release Dolin Estate’s 2013 Malibu Coast Estate Chardonnay, the proprietors’ first wine to be labeled with the Malibu Coast AVA designation. Following the three-year application process—initiated with the help of Elliott Dolin in 2011—the wine appellation received approval from the TTB in 2014, allowing 52 commercial wine grape growers the opportunity to package their wines with a more specific sense of place.



  • Cliff Lede Vineyards opens "Out of the Attic: A Grateful Dead Retrospective"

    (April 15, 2015; Yountville, CA)—Cliff Lede, proprietor of his eponymous winery Cliff Lede Vineyards, is pleased to announce the next art display in the winery’s Backstage reserve tasting lounge: “Out of the Attic: A Grateful Dead Retrospective.” The retrospective pays homage to the band’s 50th anniversary and coincides with this summer’s Grateful Dead ‘Fare Thee Well’ concerts in Chicago and San Francisco featuring the original members of the band, and special guests Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards) and Bruce Hornsby (piano). The exhibit, which will run through mid-July 2015, highlights a collection of Grateful Dead poster art and prints, curated by the Haight Street Art Center in San Francisco. Featured artists include Wes Wilson, Rick Griffin, Alton Kelley, and Stanley Mouse, among others. Pieces are available for purchase through the Haight Street Art Center. Backstage is open Thursday-Sunday, 10:00am-3:00pm, by appointment only. Tastings are $50 per person, and feature a selection of five wines from Lede Family Wines’ FEL and Cliff Lede labels, including some limited production or library wines, with the opportunity to purchase. Appointments can be made by contacting the guest concierge at (707) 944-8642 or info@ledefamilywines.com.


  • Frank Family Vineyards receives Napa Green certification for both winery and vineyards

    (April 15, 2015—Calistoga, CA)—Frank Family Vineyards, located at 1091 Larkmead Lane in Calistoga, CA, has received its certification for both Napa Green Certified Winery and Napa Green Certified Land programs. The Napa Green program is designed to conserve and improve the quality of the environment through vineyard-specific programs and the creation of winery programs that minimize energy and water use, waste, and pollution. This announcement coincides with the Napa Valley Vintners Down to Earth (#d2e) initiative this month, which, in conjunction with Earth Day, encourages California wineries to go green and apply environmentally friendly practices.


  • Winemaker Sam Spencer joins Bill Price to launch surf-inspired wine brand: Head High

    (March 31, 2015; Sonoma, CA)—Winemaker partner Sam Spencer has joined forces with entrepreneur partner Bill Price of Classic Wines and Price Family Vineyards, to officially launch Head High Wines, a surf-inspired wine brand. Head High wines include a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($35), a North Coast Red Blend ($30) and a Sonoma Coast Rosé ($24). Current case production is approximately 7000, and together they plan to grow the brand exponentially over the next several years.



  • Cliff Lede Vineyards releases first Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

    (March 31, 2015; Yountville, CA)—Cliff Lede Vineyards is pleased to announce the newest addition to its portfolio of Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-inspired wines: 2012 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, the first Cliff Lede bottling from this exceptional vineyard. Produced in very limited quantities, 2012 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard (SRP$165) will be available for purchase on April 6th via Cliff Lede Vineyards' tasting room and website: www.ledefamilywines.com.



  • Inman Family Wines introduces "Whole Buncha Love"

    (February 10, 2015; Santa Rosa, Calif.)—Inman Family Wines, a small family-owned winery in the Russian River Valley, today introduced “Whole Buncha Love,” a Pinot Noir made from carbonically fermented whole-cluster grapes.



  • Four Generations of Farming and Family in Sonoma County: Martinelli Winery & Vineyards

    Few Sonoma County producers boast the multitude of accomplishments, influence and sheer presence as does Martinelli Winery & Vineyards. Beginning with its first vineyard plantings in the 1800s, and continuing today with the estate-grown, single-vineyard lots of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Syrah wines, Martinelli has proven itself as a leader in elevating the quality and status of California wine.




    (February 6, 2015; Santa Rosa, CA)—Martinelli Winery and Vineyards has named and is pleased to announce David W. Hejl as CEO and General Manager. Hejl brings 30 years of experience in the food and consumer products industry, most recently serving as CEO and General Manager at Kosta Browne Winery for three and a half years. He will take over the CEO duties for Lee Martinelli Sr., who has served as CEO and Chairman of the Board since 1973. Lee Sr. will retain his role as Chairman of the Board.



  • Vietti celebrates the 50th anniversary of producing very first single-vineyard Barolo

    (February 5, 2015; Napa, CA)—2015 marks a significant milestone for Vietti, an iconic family-owned Barolo producer located in Piedmont, Italy. Luca Currado, fifth-generation owner and winemaker, will release the 2011 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione (SRP $150), celebrating the 50th anniversary of the very first single-vineyard cru Barolo bottling to ever be produced in the Langhe region. To commemorate the anniversary, the wine will be adorned with a special back label paying homage to Alfredo Currado, Luca Currado’s father, who produced the first vineyard-designate wine in Barolo from the Rocche vineyard, a half of a century earlier with the 1961 vintage.




    (February 3, 2015; Yountville, CA)—Lede Family Wines Proprietor Cliff Lede today announced that Remi Cohen has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager of Lede Family Wines. Lede Family Wines encompasses three distinct wine brands: Cliff Lede Vineyards and Poetry, located in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, and FEL Wines, whose roots are in the Anderson Valley.



  • Former Williams Selyem winemaker Bob Cabral joins Three Sticks Wines in Sonoma

    (January 8, 2015; Sonoma, CA)— Bill Price, owner of Sonoma-based Price Family Vineyards and Three Sticks Wines, announced today that Bob Cabral will be partnering with his team at Three Sticks Wines as director of winemaking. Cabral, who for the last 16 years led Williams Selyem, is well-known for his work with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals. Ryan Prichard, former assistant winemaker for Medlock Ames and one-time harvest intern for Cabral at Williams Selyem, will join the team as associate winemaker. The new team will work alongside Don Van Staaveren as he moves to the role of winemaker emeritus and continues to make the Three Sticks Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Blanc and Casteñada wines.



  • 2007 Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero named 'Red Wine of the Year' by Gambero Rosso

    (December 8, 2014; Napa, CA)— Luca Currado, owner and winemaker for Piedmont-based Vietti, and Dalla Terra Winery Direct® president Dave Holt are thrilled to announce Vietti’s most recent honor: 2007 Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero was named 2015 ‘Red Wine of the Year’ by Gambero Rosso Italian Wine Guide. The Barolo Riserva Villero is only produced in exceptional vintages, and is released only a few times per decade. Located in Castiglione Falleto, the Villero vineyard is one of Piedmont’s most famous cru vineyards. Grapes are grown on south/southwest facing slopes from vines that are approximately 40 years old. The wine went through a seven-year ageing process, spending several months in large casks before being bottled unfiltered in September 2010.



  • Romancing the Vine: Napa Valley's Poetry Inn offers Valentine's weekend package

    (December 3, 2014, Stags Leap District, CA)—Poetry Inn, one of Napa Valley’s most private and elegant boutique hotels, is pleased to offer a special wine country package in honor of Valentine’s Day. To celebrate the most romantic time of the year, the package includes a two night stay, two 60-minute massages, locally-made chocolates, a bottle of Cliff Lede Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, and a wine tasting and tour for two at the nearby Cliff Lede Vineyards tasting room, which is one of the Stags Leap District’s most modern and acclaimed wineries. Rates start from $1,330 per night, based on availability. Check-in is February 13, 2015 and check-out February 15, 2015. Excludes gratuity on spa treatments. For more information on Poetry Inn, please visit: www.poetryinn.com. For reservations, please call: (707) 944-0646 or book online.



  • Paul Hobbs Imports becomes sole US importer for Argentine wine producer El Porvenir de Cafayate

    (November 19, 2014; Sebastopol, CA)—El Porvenir de Cafayate, a small family-owned winery in Cafayate, Argentina, has appointed Paul Hobbs Imports as its sole U.S. importer, becoming the first Torrontés and Tannat producer in the portfolio. Hobbs has been collaborating with El Porvenir’s winemaking team since 2010.



  • Dolin Estate expands from Malibu Coast to Central Coast with four Pinot Noir wines from premier vineyards

    (November 19, 2014; Malibu, CA) Elliott and Lynn Dolin, proprietors of Dolin Estate, have introduced a new array of Pinot Noirs from California’s Central Coast. The inaugural Dolin Estate Pinot Noir release comes from the 2012 vintage, and includes a Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir ($32) and three single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from some of the region’s most esteemed sites: Bien Nacido ($45), Talley ‘Rincon’ ($45) and Solomon Hills ($45).



  • Sequoia Grove Winery launches new take on food and wine experiences in the Napa Valley with "Taste for Cabernet"

    (November 14, 2014; Napa Valley, CA)—Sequoia Grove Winery has launched “A Taste for Cabernet,” a private and elevated tasting room experience which presents the winery’s limited-production wines in the context of pairing Cabernet with food. The 75-minute seminar, led by Sequoia Grove Wine Educator Dean Busquaert, guides guests through a tasting of Sequoia Grove’s single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons, and the top-tier Cabernet blend, Cambium. Instead of matching food and wine by weight and color, Dean demonstrates the elements of pairing flavors with Cabernet by using ingredients that offer the basic components of taste: salt, sweet, sour, bitter and umami. “Guest will find that some popular pairing rules are best broken,” he says.



  • Three Sticks Wines opens its new home in downtown Sonoma, The Adobe

    (November 5, 2014; Sonoma, Calif.)—Bill and Eva Price, owners of Three Sticks Wines, along with San Francisco-based designer Ken Fulk, are pleased to announce the opening of The Adobe, a new tasting salon in downtown Sonoma. The Adobe is historically relevant in Sonoma as one of the oldest and longest occupied residences, and one of the last standing buildings from California’s Mexican Period (1821-1846). In creating the new headquarters for Three Sticks Wines, Ken Fulk celebrates the rich cultural heritages of The Adobe and juxtaposes them with touches of decidedly contemporary style, creating a perfect setting to enjoy Three Sticks’ delicious wines.



  • Road trip anyone? "Sparkling wine bubbles up stateside" - USAToday.com


    Champagne is the grand dame of bubbly, but you need not travel all the way to France to have a true sparkling wine experience. The USA has become an exciting destination for great bubbly as producers from California to New Mexico leverage traditional French methods to craft racy, vibrant sparkling wines. Visitors are welcome and some are even invited to witness the painstaking process that is required to create bubbles. Make your next wine trip a bit more bubbly by adding these American sparkling winemakers to your itinerary.



  • Read about next generation Bolgheri - HuffingtonPost.com


    The wholly unofficial term "Super Tuscan" was once a convenient media catch phrase to sell expensive, non-traditional blended wines like Sassicaia, Tignanello, Solaia and Ornellaia, and it worked well until anyone and everyone in Tuscany started to call their wines Super Tuscans, even though the best vineyards were already owned by producers like Antinori, Ruffino, Frescobaldi and a few others who now shy away from the term.



  • Stratus Vineyards: A Canadian Gem From Niagara on the Lake - HuffingtonPost.com


    Sometimes you just have to follow your gut. I was invited to a tasting in the mid-winter in Manhattan to taste Canadian wine -- not exactly my idea of a fun day to risk the freezing commute for a lunch, tasting, and return trip. What I tasted made the freezing trip very worthwhile. Actually, what I tasted was so good, that I vowed to make sure to take a trip from the New York metro area up to Ontario in the summer to visit the winery.



  • A big ol' steak and Casanova di Neri? Yes please! - CNN.com


    Summer is done, grilling season is over, life is meaningless, and really, why not just eat lettuce from now on? That was how I was feeling recently, confronted with the sudden awareness of shrinking daylight hours and the first hints of cool weather in the air (note: I live in the Northeast).



  • Wines to share in early fall - The Washington Post


    Here are four wines to guide us into autumn — worthy of the grill but with a little extra weight to match the chill in the air.



  • Atlas Vineyard Management, Inc. and Price Family Vineyards, LLC announce joint venture with the purchase of Sonoma Coast's Walala Vineyard

    (September 4, 2014; Annapolis, CA)—Atlas Vineyard Management and Price Family Vineyards are pleased to announce the formation of a joint venture and the purchase of Walala Vineyard, a highly acclaimed property in the Sonoma Coast AVA.  The joint venture will also look to acquire other vineyard properties.



  • It's radio jam time. Elliott Dolin of Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards sits down with Eric Anderson and Jay Selman of GrapeRadio - GrapeRadio.com


    When one hears the name Malibu, one usually thinks about surfing, the beach, and fun in the sun. But, if you’re into wine, the sight of the Malibu Hills can cause your mind to wander and begin thinking about grapevines. That’s what happened to Elliott Dolin.


  • Elliott Dolin of Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards sits down with Guy Bower of "The Good Life" to discuss the Malibu Coast AVA - The Good Life




  • A great article about Chardonnay from around the world. Paul Hobbs' 2013 CrossBarn Chardonnay is the US pick! - The Plain Dealer


    This week we look at three Chardonnays from three continents – Hardys William Hardy from Australia, Concha y Toro from Chile and CrossBarn from the United States (California).



  • Michael Cervin is a man about Malibu. Loving his new exploration of the Malibu Coast AVA - BoozeHoundz.blogspot.com


    The very first inhabitants of Malibu were the Chumash Indians and they didn’t drink wine. These days the social lubricant is accepted and even encouraged in the tony village of Malibu and probably in your home too. The federal Government recently gave Malibu an important designation – it just received federal status as the Malibu Coast AVA (American Viticultural Area), an official designation which reflects the unique  characteristics of a specific grape growing region.



  • Yum Yum Yum. 2012 Masi Agricola Masianco and Coconut Shrimp by Just One Cookbook - JustOneCookbook.com


    If you are looking for an appetizer dish to make for a party, baked Coconut Shrimp with sweet chili sauce is one of the easiest shrimp recipes I recommend.  It takes only 20 minutes of prep time and simply pop it into the oven to finish. Yes, it is BAKED, not deep-fried so it’s a much healthier alternative. The panko/shredded coconut coating has a delicious golden brown appearance, and stays crispy after baking because I used the same "pre-toasted panko" technique as you may have seen in my Baked Tonkatsu, Crispy Baked Chicken, and Crispy Salmon recipes.



  • Really cool, in-depth look at pairing dry-aged beef with Amarone (the dry-aged red wine). In particular, Mary loves the 2009 Masi Costasera Amarone - Vindulgeblog.com


    Um, it costs how much?

    That was my initial response when challenged to understand the unique flavor of dry-aged beef. I’ve had it in restaurants, but you come to expect big prices at a big meat house. But buying it raw from a local butcher? I had to understand why. Why does dry age carry such a premier label and price tag to it?



  • Great review for Masi Masianco in S. Irene Virbila's LA Times column. Already craving steamed mussels for dinner to go with a glass - Los Angeles Times


    Just in time for summer drinking, a crisp, refreshing white from one of the oldest wine houses in the Veneto. Masi's Masianco Pinot Grigio e Verduzzo delle Venezie blends 75% Pinot Grigio with 25% Verduzzo. Picked very ripe and dried on racks for a few weeks before fermenting, the native Verduzzo gives the wine depth and character. It's not often you find a summer quaffing wine, especially at this price, that you want to keep drinking. It's round and fruity, with a bit of minerality but finishes dry.


  • Obsessed with vintage? Cain's Chris Howell blends vintages to add another layer of complexity - GrapeCollective.com


    “When did Americans become obsessed with vintage?”

    Christopher Howell, Winemaker at Cain Vineyard and Winery, uttered this rhetorical question while on the phone with me from Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain. It’s an isolated area you access via some stomach-churning twists and turns, a world away from the valley floor and its well-travelled roads.



  • Tune in here for a great interview with Kathleen Inman on Life Between the Vines - LifeBetweenTheVines.com


    Winemakers are often referred to as Rock Stars. Not surprising….winemakers spend a fantastic amount time on the road doing various dates for tastings, wine dinners and general appearances. So I guess that makes Kathleen Inman a Rock Star….because we caught up with her in Chicago to talk about Inman Family Wines. No roadie and no stage crew…just a full schedule ahead…and a day of lovely wine.



  • Great piece on Pulenta Estate. Javier Lo Forte is a friendly gentleman and terrific winemaker - Parade.com


    Argentina = Malbec. While the country produces many other lovely wines, it’s best known for this juicy red varietal. Deep purple in color with blueberry and chocolate flavors and aromas, Malbec is gaining notoriety as Argentine winemakers are putting more and more elegant, well-balanced versions into the marketplace.


  • These are the dog days of summer so it's time to drink pink - Bottlenotes.com


    The wine culture in America is finally catching up with Europe, and there’s no better example than rosés—zillions of gallons of which are drunk in Mediterranean cafes all summer long. Here, we’re gaining traction. Rosé sales climbed an impressive 40% in the last year!



  • Winemaker Paul Hobbs and vintner Bertrand Vigouroux launch new partnership: Crocus Malbec de Cahors

    (August 4, 2014; Sebastopol, CA)—Internationally renowned winemaker and malbec specialist Paul  Hobbs and Bertrand Vigouroux, whose family has been producing wine in Cahors, France since the 1860s, have announced a new partnership: Crocus Malbec de Cahors. Paul and Bertrand are excited to bring New World innovation and Old World tradition together in redefining Malbec de Cahors.



  • Malibu Coast receives American Viticultural Area status

    (July 18, 2014; Malibu, CA)—Elliott Dolin, proprietor of Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards, is pleased to join 51 other Malibu-based wine grape growers who today become classified as part of the official Malibu Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA). In 2011 Dolin helped initiate the AVA application, a three-year process that concluded this week.



  • The Two Faces of Soave - The New York Times


    It’s no longer news that Italy makes great white wines. In the bad old days, the Italian whites available in the United States tended to be insipid mass-marketed brands or campy contrived bottles. But since then, a revival has introduced the world to wonderful selections from the Valle d’Aoste at the farthest reaches of Italy’s northwest, from Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia in the extreme northeast, from Sicily at the southernmost end, and from just about everywhere in between.



  • The Wine Day Trip: From L.A. to Malibu - LAMag.com


    Pondering what to do with your 48-hours of freedom? Consider this: a wine tasting day trip to stain your teeth purple. This recurring column will guide you to some of the most exciting wine road trips around Southern California, complete with tips on what to drink, what to eat, and where to stay.



  • "Direct from the press" comes a delicious Cali rose - The Wall Street Journal


    Rose is such a happy word. When the world seems bright, it's said to be viewed through rose-colored glasses. When people are cheerful, they tend to give off a rosy glow. And when the word is used for wine, it conveys pure palate pleasure. In fact, that's all most rosé drinkers really want. They're not looking for complexity and nuance, but sheer deliciousness.




  • Brian Larky breaks down Italian wine names - Chicago Tribune


    By some accounts, Italian is the most mellifluous of the world's languages. But when it names the wines of Italy, it also may be the most misunderstood. An Italian wine may sound beautiful, but what do the words on its label mean?



  • "There are several brands of Prosecco that carry on the tradition of delightful wine at an equally delightful price. One of my favorites is Adami" - Austin Chronicle


    Somewhere in Italy, there is a bureaucrat that deserves death by unga-bunga. They effectively ruined a great swath of the Italian wine business by not seeing to the quality of wine being released. A perfect example is what they allowed to happen with Prosecco.



  • Gianfranco D'Aniello joins Dalla Terra Winery Direct as Northwest regional manager

    (June 18, 2014; Napa, Calif.)—Dalla Terra Winery Direct® President Dave Holt announced today that Gianfranco D’Aniello has joined its sales team as Northwest regional manager. D’Aniello will be responsible for overseeing sales in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.



  • Inama Soave Classico "much more than just another pretty white" - Los Angeles Times


    Summer is coming on and with it the need for summer whites. They come in all guises, from crisp and dry to fruity and aromatic on through the pleasures of off-dry Riesling or sweet Muscat. Here's a summer basic that will see you through any occasion: the 2012 Inama Soave Classico from the Veneto.


  • "If you need a chemistry degree, you're doing it wrong," John Hilliard - terroirist.com


    Each week, as regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we’re featuring John Hilliard. Together with his wife Christine, John is the owner and winemaker at Hilliard Bruce in the Sta. Rita Hills.



  • Andrea Marchiori talks about vineyard and vintage - jamessuckling.com


    Viña Cobos is the joint venture between American Paul Hobbs and Argentinians Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud. Paul first visited Argentina in 1989 and instantly saw the amazing potential of the terroir and the winemaking culture already present in the country.



  • We know we'll be drinking rose this holiday weekend. Thanks for the great recos! - The Village Voice


    Spring -- and the onset of Memorial Day weekend -- practically obligates wine writers to pen a piece on the unofficial arrival of rosé wine drinking season. I've no problem capitulating to such requisite; I adore this fermented pink drink -- the beguiling pale salmon to vivid fuchsia colors, and the multitude of fresh red berry, watermelon, spice, citrus, mineral, and floral flavors, provide for a million, fascinating permutations in the bottle.


  • Wine of the Week - 2013 Aia Vecchia Vermentino - BiggerThanYourHead.net


    Last night we made the classic Sicilian dish of spaghetti with sardines, raisins, pine nuts and fennel, and behold it was a good thing that we did, and we drank almost the whole bottle of the pert and tart Aia Vecchio Vermentino 2013, Toscana. The color is pale pale gold, a ghost of gold. Made all in stainless steel tanks (and with five percent viognier grapes), the wine is crisp and refreshing, savory and saline, bursting with notes of roasted lemon, ginger and quince and hints of peach and yellow plum. Very dry almost does not describe how dry this vermentino is; it’s packed with limestone, flint and seashell elements, and the whole package is sleek, lithe and supple, buoyed by crystalline acidity and a touch of grapefruit bitterness on the finish. It was perfect with the sardine pasta and would be great with all sorts of Summer fare, grilled shrimp, say, or chicken salad. 13 percent alcohol. Drink through 2015. Very Good+. About — gasp! — $12, a Freaking Bargain.


  • Is butter back? "Six-Pack of 2012 California Chardonnay: Butterfly Kisses, Creamsicles" - jamesonfink.com


    Did you once love California Chardonnay, but were dismayed by too much toasty oak and buttery bombast? Yeah, me too. I turned my back on the white wines that weaned me during the salad days of my drinking.

    But now I’ve returned. And I’m finding that I like oak on my Chardonnay. I just don’t want a ton of it. Which is why it was serendipitous to accumulate six sample bottles from California’s 2012 vintage all in a relatively short time span.



  • Taste Around Town L.A. with Napa Valley Vintners - LadyHoliday.net


    When it comes to picking where to eat for dinner we feel the wine list is equally important as the menu. Thankfully, our friends at Bottlenotes (the preeminent online media co. for wines and craft beers) and non-profit trade association, Napa Valley Vintners, feel the same. They’ve rounded up a few of L.A.’s top eateries and wine bars to create a restaurant week focused on our beloved beverage from the Napa Valley appellation.



  • All we want to do is have some fun with Sheryl Crow and Frank Family Wine - Wine Enthusiast


    Rock stars’ absurd requests on their riders—the long lists of provisos they require in their dressing room—are legendary. Van Halen, for instance, wanted a bowl of M&Ms, minus the brown ones. But what seems like bizarro eccentricity is often just a litmus test to ensure venue owners are on the ball with details, like, say, the safety of the stage. Still, beyond this size-up of the concert promoter, the rider stands as a great way to score some choice wine for free. Here are a few of our favorites.



  • Wine: A pinot noir manifesto calls for balanced wines - San Jose Mercury News


    "Balance" continues to be a hot topic among wine lovers, especially as it applies to pinot noir. The question is a tricky one, because balance is in the eye of the beholder. While I like wines of restraint, with some savory nuances, and consider them to be balanced, you might prefer a wine with more power or one with super-rich fruit.



  • Napa Valley Vintners and Bottlenotes to host "Taste Around Town," a two-week promotion of Napa Valley wines in Los Angeles May 5-18; kick-off party at The Ebell May 2nd

    (April 10, 2014)—The Napa Valley Vintners, a nonprofit trade association, and Bottlenotes, the leading interactive media company in the U.S. wine and craft beer industries, have partnered for Taste Around Town, a "restaurant week for wine" taking place at Los Angeles' favorite restaurants and wine bars from May 5-18, 2014. Participating venues will highlight select Napa Valley wines by the glass, in tasting flights, paired with food or by the bottle throughout the two-week program.



  • Wine shines during Easter, Passover - Chicago Tribune


    From the point of view of religion, this is wine drinking's annual high-water mark. Easter isn't Easter without its dinner of lamb or ham and their wines; Passover isn't Pesach without the mandated four cups of wine during the Seder and then more afterward to wash down the brisket. Here's betting that even nondenominational Easter Bunny fans reach for the corkscrew after the egg hunt.



  • We are so excited for the opening this summer! - San Francisco Chronicle


    The Buzz

    -- Interior designer Ken Fulk is on a roll. With Sean Parker's Big Sur wedding, the opening of the Battery private social club in San Francisco and coverage in Vanity Fair under his belt, he swings northward to Sonoma. There, he's working with Bill Price of Price Family Vineyards and Three Sticks Wines to restore the Vallejo-Casteñada Adobe, the oldest occupied residence in Sonoma, dating to 1842. Just off Sonoma Plaza, it will be the new home of Three Sticks Wines headquarters and tasting lounge.


  • Christian McIntosh promoted to national sales manager of Dalla Terra Winery Direct

    (March 31, 2014; Napa, Calif.)—Dalla Terra Winery Direct® President Dave Holt announced today that Christian McIntosh will take the reigns as national sales manager of Dalla Terra. McIntosh, who joined the Dalla Terra team in 2006, will now oversee national sales for the entire portfolio of family-owned Italian producers.



  • Charitable grants of $13.3 million awarded by Naples Winter Wine Festival creators

    (Naples, Fla., March 25, 2014) – Trustees of Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of  the Naples Winter Wine Festival, presented over $13 million in grant checks today to charitable organizations which serve Collier County’s underprivileged and at-risk children.



  • Hilliard Bruce Vineyards expands estate Pinot Noir portfolio with "Earth" and "Sky"

    (March 24, 2014; Lompoc, CA)—Hilliard Bruce Vineyards, an artisan producer of estate-grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County, introduced two new Pinot Noirs. The new "Earth" and "Sky" bottlings join Hilliard Bruce's existing "Moon" and "Sun" Pinot Noirs, and are lighter and more complex in style due to both the cool 2011 vintage and a choice to conduct earlier picks from select blocks. The 2011 Earth ($45, 240 cases) and 2011 Sky ($55, 420 cases) are being released this month with distribution in California, Florida, New York, Missouri and Hawaii, as well as direct through Hilliard Bruce's website at www.hilliardbruce.com.



  • Frank Family Vineyards voted "Best Napa Winery" for the fifth consecutive year

    (March 18, 2014; Calistoga, CA)—Frank Family Vineyards placed first in the 2014 Bay Area A-list's annual "Best Napa Winery" competition. One hundred and five wineries from Napa Valley were nominated, and Frank Family Vineyards took home the top spot. The award gives the winery its fifth consecutive win.



  • Napa Valley Vintners launch Southern California spring tour with "A Night with Napa Valley" in partnership with Learn About Wine on March 26th at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

    (March 17, 2014; Los Angeles, CA)—The Napa Valley Vintners, a nonprofit trade association, and Learn About Wine, LA’s foremost source for wine events and education, have partnered to present a one-night only tasting and dinner at The Peninsula Beverly Hills on March 26, 2014. Winemakers and winery owners from some of the finest producers of the Napa Valley will attend and pour at the event. A small live auction will be a highlight of the evening, with proceeds to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation.



  • "St. Patrick's Day should be celebrated with red wines that reflect the Irish soul." Forgo the green beer and grab a bottle of the 2010 Bramare Vina Cobos Marchiori Vineyard, a great pairing for Irish lamb or blood sausages." - forbes.com


    Green beer is all wrong; St. Patrick’s Day should be celebrated with red wines that reflect the Irish soul.  The Irish soul is warm and convivial, indeed, some of my earliest memories of Ireland are of boisterous family gatherings around wee peat fires. Cold Irishman is an oxymoron…they can’t help but invite you in, and of course subject you to a ripping-good yarn peppered with humor and the occasional expletive. Last year’s wine column featured wines that had peaty aromas; a distinctly Irish scent. This year I’m calling out “social” wines—wines that you open and, after one sip, can’t wait to share with another.


  • Jarvis Communications to represent Masi Agricola

    We're pleased to announce that Jarvis Communications will be the U.S. public relations agency of record for Masi Agricola, imported by Kobrand Wine and Spirits.



  • What are the best wines to pair with that pizza pie?! Los Angeles Times rounds up the best 11, including the 2012 Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco Dolomiti. Grab a slice and check out details - latimes.com


    I'm still trying to wrap my head around the story of the guy who claims he eats only pizza — and always just cheese and tomato — morning, noon and night. Oh, for 25 years. Twenty-five years? Evidently, in all that time, pizza with Italian sausage or artichokes or even pepperoni didn't tempt him.


  • Great roundup of Sonoma producers including Reuling Vineyard & Pfendler Vineyards! Check out the video - KTXDtv.com


    We drink a lot of Napa Valley wines in Texas, but just over the mountain from Napa is the lush region of Sonoma, producing elegant, balanced wine with personality.

    They say Sonoma is a bit more relaxed than Napa and their producers have a little bit more fun. Our wine and spirits expert and founder of Dallas Uncorked, Hayley Hamilton, is here to walk us through a few of her Sonoma favorites.



  • Reuling Vineyard introduces its first vintage of Chardonnay

    (March 4, 2014; Forestville, CA)—Reuling Vineyard, a Sonoma Coast-based producer of ultra-premium wines, announced today the first release of its highly-anticipated Reuling Vineyard Chardonnay (SRP $70). Previous Chardonnay wines sourced from the Reuling Vineyard received some of the highest scores ever given to American Chardonnay from such influential critics as Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate, who twice bestowed 99-point reviews to wines from the site. Winemaker Matthew Taylor, who was previously winemaker and vineyard manager for Araujo Estates and has worked with Joseph Swan Vineyards and Domaine Dujac, considers the Reuling Vineyard to be one of the great vineyard sites in California.



  • "If you want a name to remember when it comes to great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, remember Matt Taylor." Check out the full story on Matt & Reuling Vineyard - HuffingtonPost.com


    If you want a name to remember when it comes to great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, remember Matt Taylor. He is working with Jackie and Tim Reuling at their 16-acre converted apple orchard that has become one of the prize vineyards of Sonoma County. He is bright, thoughtful, passionate, and has just produced 2012 Chardonnay and 2011 Pinot Noir, that showcase the great possibilities of the Reuling Vineyard. This is their initial release, and you better get them when you can. I believe they are going to become one of the stars of Sonoma County.



  • Take a Peek Inside the Relaxed Spanish Colonial Revival Design of the Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards - JustLuxe.com


    We've been on a mission to find our readers some of the coolest homes out there, and we knew we just had to feature this one. Located in Malibu, California, this home just so happens to be part of the Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards. Not only does this vineyard produce some pretty great wine, the estate is a beautiful example of the relaxed Spanish Colonial Revival design known to much of Southern California's architecture. Since it's a private residence, you won't be able to buy this one for yourself, but we can give you a little peek inside.



  • "What To Drink Now: Paul Hobbs Wines" - D Magazine


    The name Paul Hobbs is synonymous with greatness in the wine industry. The second child of eleven, raised on a farm in upstate New York, Hobbs grew up from humble means thinking he was going to be a brain surgeon, and attending Notre Dame. However, the wine bug bit, and when it did the stinger set so deep in Paul that a passion, and continued curiosity, rose that would not be contained in the sterile walls of a hospital. I had a chance to visit with Paul Hobbs about this and his resounding success recently, traveling to his Sonoma County property near Sebastapol as a guest of the winery.



  • Naples Children & Education Foundation announces staff promotions

    (NAPLES, Fla.; February 28, 2014)—Jim Swanson, the new CEO of the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) has promoted three staff employees within the foundation.




  • Check out OnMilwaukee.com's insightful interview with Vietti's Luca Currado - OnMilwaukee.com


    After celebrating Piemontese wine month in November, offering half-priced bottles of wine from Italy's northwestern Piedmont region, Zarletti Milwaukee, 741 N. Milwaukee St., ups the ante with a wine dinner featuring famed and respected Barolo producer Vietti.



  • Designer Ken Fulk to restore Sonoma's historic Vallejo-Castenada Adobe for Bill Price and Three Sticks Wines

    (February 25, 2014; Sonoma, CA) – Bill Price, owner of Price Family Vineyards and Three Sticks Wines, has partnered with celebrity San Francisco-based designer Ken Fulk to restore the Vallejo-Casteñada Adobe, a historic landmark in downtown Sonoma. Price’s obsession with Sonoma’s history and wine grapes led him to purchase the property in November 2012. He gravitated to the long history of the property and rareness of its adobe architecture. The Adobe, located at 143 W. Spain St., circa 1842, is the oldest occupied residence in Sonoma and stands as one of the few remaining buildings from California’s Mexican Period. Located just off of the Sonoma Plaza, it will serve as the new Three Sticks Wines tasting lounge and headquarters offering daily tastings by appointment.



  • A great Sequoia Grove Winery luncheon recap via South Florida Food and Wine - southfloridafoodandwine.com


    I was invited to attend a wine luncheon in Fort Lauderdale where Michael Trujillo Director of Winemaking and President of Sequoia Grove Winery would be in attendance taking a group of wine enthusiasts on a tasting and informational tour of the winery and its wines. Trujillo embodies his brand as the talent behind the winemaking, a passionate and enthusiastic ambassador and an overall wine aficionado.



  • Kulers Uncorked: Frank Family - Atlanta Journal Constitution


    Rich Frank sees a lot of parallels between making movies and making wine. “They both take about a year to make,” the former head of Disney Studios says with a chuckle. “And you must lay out a lot of money at the beginning.”



  • CrossBarn Winery's 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is Orange Coast Magazine's "Must-Try Wine of the Week" - Orange Coast


    CrossBarn by Paul Hobbs is a value-priced, appellation-directed label for noted Russian River Valley winemaker Paul Hobbs that includes chardonnay, rosé of pinot noir, and cabernet sauvignon. A winemaking team headed by Molly Bohlman crafts the CrossBarn wines at a modern winery in Sebastopol, where Hobbs also produces small lots of ultra-premium chardonnay, pinot noir, and cabernet sauvignon under the Paul Hobbs Winery label.



  • "Behind the Wine" with Sequoia Grove Winery's Michael Trujillo - a good time with wine


    Wine is about the story. It’s not about tart cherries and blueberries wrapped in a blanket of cedar and sprinkled with generous amounts of pepper. Likewise, it’s not about making sure you’re pairing Merlot with lamb shank and Chardonnay with lobster. Sure, those things are nice, and work their way into most of my articles. However, in the end, wine is about the people behind the juice, who they are, as well as where and why they do what they do. I had the chance to meet, and have lunch with, the man behind Sequoia Grove, President and Director of Winemaking, Michael Trujillo.



  • HuffPost Taste takes a closer look at Argentine Cab Franc. Check out the 100% Cab Franc wines from PulentaEstate Winery & Bodega Riglos - HuffPost Taste


    Cabernet franc is a grape that's often found in supporting roles but is seldom the star. That's a shame, because it has such outstanding qualities to offer on its own. The Loire Valley and Fronsac are some of the grape's traditional homes, but it is starting to appear as a varietal wine more regularly in Argentina -- with great results.



  • A great roundup of bubbly for Valentine's, including Adami's Col Credas Brut Prosecco - eatocracy


    Sometimes it’s worthwhile taking the classic approach. If you’re a cowboy, skip saddling up an emu—just ride a dang horse. If you are a lion, do not attempt to browse the tender shoots of the mokukutu bush—just chomp the neck of a zebra and have done with it.



  • Valentine's Day is two days away! Check out Forbes' recommendations featuring Tenuta Sant'Antonio's 2010 Amarone Castagnedi - forbes.com


    Saint Valentine is the patron saint of engaged couples, love, lovers, happy marriages (pity the patron saint of bad marriages), bee keepers and travelers. It’s a shame he isn’t the patron saint of wine, because that would be a better fit than bee keepers. Wine is the liquid of love and you should make Valentine’s Day your night to open a special bottle. There are some wines that say “Love” better than others, below are some suggestions to kick off your night of romance.



  • Two thumbs way up for Inman Family Wines! - atlanta journal constitution


    The first thing Kathleen Inman would like you to know about her wines is that they are not from Russia (a common comment she hears in her travels). Inman Family Wines produce wines from pinot noir, pinot gris and chardonnay grapes grown in the Russian River Valley, located squarely in the heart of California’s Sonoma County.



  • Michael Whitehead joins Dalla Terra Winery Direct as Southeast regional manager

    (February 12, 2014; Napa, Calif.)—Dalla Terra Winery Direct President Dave Holt announced today that Michael Whitehead has joined its sales team as Southeast regional manager. Whitehead will be responsible for overseeing the Southeast regional territory including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee, as well as the Caribbean and U.S. Virgin Islands.



  • Naples Children & Education Foundation names James W. Swanson CEO

    (NAPLES, Fla.; February 10, 2014)—The Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) has named Brigadier General James W. Swanson, USAF (Ret.) as Chief Executive Officer. Swanson brings extensive leadership experience to the role, including 32 years of active duty service with the Air Force, followed by high-level positions with the Department of Homeland Security, Military Officers Association of America and most recently, with the American Bar Association's Washington DC office.


  • Zagat checks out Malibu: "Where to Sip, Eat and Stay in Malibu Wine Country" featuring Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards - zagat.com


    California is home to some of the best wine regions in the world, but one emerging area is closer to home than you think. Malibu has more than 50 independent vineyards and several tasting rooms throughout the Santa Monica Mountains and along the coast, where fog laces through in the mornings and sun warms the vines in the afternoons. Some are small, backyard plots, and others are thousand-acre estates.



  • One-of-a-kind yacht and cruise auction lots brought in over $1.16 million at the 2014 Naples Winter Wine Festival

    (NAPLES, FL., February 7, 2014) - This year’s Naples Winter Wine Festival, held Jan. 24-26 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, Fla., featured five one-of-a-kind dream cruises and yacht experiences, which brought in a combined total of $1.16 million for children’s charities. Yacht and cruise experience have been a highlight each year since the festival’s inception in 2001, and 2014 continued this tradition.


  • Paul Hobbs and Johannes Selbach form partnership in New York's Finger Lakes AVA

    (February 3, 2014, Sebastopol, CA and Zeltingen/Mosel)—Winemakers Paul Hobbs of Sebastopol, CA and Johannes Selbach of Zeltingen, Germany announced today the purchase of a 65-acre property on the east side of Seneca Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes AVA. Site preparation has already begun at the vineyard, which will be planted predominantly to Riesling starting in 2015. Paul’s brother, David Hobbs, a long-time resident of Rochester, NY, will oversee daily operations of the new venture. Details of long term plans, including a wine brand name, are yet to be determined.



  • Frank Family Vineyards selects Martin Scott Wines as the exclusive distributor for its portfolio of premium Napa Valley wines in New York

    (Calistoga, CA; January 31, 2014)—Frank Family Vineyards is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Scott Wines as its exclusive distributor in New York, which began January 1st.



  • Great news! Over $13.5 million raised at the Naples Winter Wine Festival! - WineBusiness.com


    This year's 2014 Naples Winter Wine Festival gave reason to celebrate, with over $13.5 million raised for children's charities under the live-auction tent in one afternoon. Totals raised in the festival's 14-year history now exceed $125 million. One hundred percent of auction proceeds benefit Collier County's underprivileged and at-risk children through Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), the festival's founding organization.



  • Naples Winter Wine Festival raises over $12.5 million for children's charities

    (NAPLES, FL., January 25, 2014) – This year’s 2014 Naples Winter Wine Festival gave reason to celebrate, with over $12.5 million raised for children’s charities under the live-auction tent in one afternoon.  The festival auction has now raised over $123 million during its 14 year history. One hundred percent of auction proceeds benefit Collier County’s underprivileged and at-risk children through Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), the festival’s founding organization.




  • Attn: Lamborghini, Maserati, and Rolls-Royce lovers ... as well as fine wine and travel enthusiasts: The Naples Winter Wine Festival is right up your alley. Check out the scoop - FoxNews.com


    We’ve talked in this column before about how there are tons vintners out there are using their wine for good. Joseph Carr is just one of many.

    And knowing there’s a philanthropic angle sometimes makes the wine taste even better.

    Well, the annual Naples Winter Wine Festival aims to do exactly that.



  • Pop quiz: Do you know all of Chianti's cousins? Hint: Selvapiana offers one (Chianti Rufina) - Chicago Tribune


    Everyone knows about the red wine Chianti. The elders of the tribe remember the spaghetti scene at Tony's Restaurant in Disney's "Lady and the Tramp." The tribe's juniors know Chianti as merely one of, and infrequently the best, of Italy's legion of tableside red wines. And those in the middle may yet keep a tchotchke of a raffia-covered Chianti flask, dripped with candle wax, in a corner of the family room.



  • Marche producer, Garofoli, joins Dalla Terra Winery Direct's portfolio of esteemed family-owned Italian wineries

    (January 16, 2014; Napa, CA)—Dalla Terra Winery Direct® President Dave Holt today announced that Garofoli, the oldest family-owned winery in the Marche region of Italy, has joined Dalla Terra’s portfolio of Italian producers. Dalla Terra will be the sole U.S.A. agent for Garofoli, and will work with the family to promote their distinguished winemaking stateside, with a focus on their work with the Verdicchio varietal.



  • 2014 Naples Winter Wine Festival, Celebrate the Journey, to feature respected wine experts as official festival sommeliers

    NAPLES, Fla. (Jan 14, 2014)—The 14th annual Naples Winter Wine Festival, taking place Jan. 24-26, 2014, will host a group of 12 of the nation's most distinguished wine service professionals as festival sommeliers this year at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, Florida. The sommeliers will lend their extensive wine knowledge and experience, which includes a total of seven Master Sommelier certifications, background positions at Michelin-starred restaurants, top sommelier awards and industry leadership positions, to the numerous festival events.



  • Carly Laws joins Dalla Terra Winery Direct as portfolio and projects manager

    (January 8, 2014; Napa, Calif.)—Dalla Terra Winery Direct® President Dave Holt announced today that Carly Laws has joined the team as portfolio and projects manager. In this newly created position, Laws will be in charge of internal portfolio management and supplier visits, as well as events and special project management. She will share an office with Holt in Portland, Ore.



  • Food for thought: sustainability. Take a listen to iWineRadio's interview with John Hilliard, co-founder of Hilliard Bruce Vineyards - WineFairy.com


    John Hilliard, along with wife Christine Bruce, purchased a 101-acre ranch outside of Lompoc, California in the Santa Rita Hills AVA in 2002 that was destined to become the home of Hilliard Bruce Wines. They are Master Gardeners, artists and avid farmers under the guidance of vineyard consultant Tom Prentice, they planted 21 acres to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and set about tending to it with exceptional, near-obsessive care. Hilliard Bruce is a certified sustainable operation through Sustainable In Practice (SIP), an organization widely recognized as a leader in setting standards for winemaking sustainability.




    (January 6, 2014—Calistoga, CA)—Frank Family Vineyards, a Napa Valley-based winery, was honored at Wine in China magazine’s awards ceremony celebrating the publication’s “TOP100 Wines Evaluation of 2013” competition held on Tuesday, December 10th in Beijing, China. Frank Family’s 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay was the third highest rated wine in all of the competition, first in American wines. Additionally, Frank Family Vineyards’ 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon took home a Gold medal for its 94-point score.



  • 2014 Naples Winter Wine Festival, "Celebrate the Journey" to take place at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort Jan. 24-26

    NAPLES, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2013)—This January, some of the most revered names in the world of wine and many of the nation's most noted celebrity chefs will gather together at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, Fla. for the 2014 Naples Winter Wine Festival. Held on Thu/Jan. 24-Sun/Jan. 26, the annual event is one of the most successful charity wine auctions in the nation and the primary source of funding for the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF). Over $110 million has been raised since the festival's inception in 2001, helping to improve the lives of more than 150,000 underprivileged and at-risk children. For the first time, three women trustees of the NCEF are serving as co-chairs of the event. Linda Richards Malone, Anne Welsh McNulty and Adria Starkey have combined their talents and connections to amass one of the most impressive arrays of live auction lots yet offered in the festival's 14 years. Vintner Olivier Krug of Krug Champagne and Chef Bill Telepan of Telepan and Telepan Local in New York City will be honored at the event for their charitable efforts.



  • For your extended family & friends this holiday season, a bottle of Selvapiana Chianti! - The New York Times


    You don’t need me to remind you the holidays are here (as if you could forget). While it’s easy to bemoan the crass commercialization and artifice, it’s also easy to overlook the opportunities for all sorts of gatherings and the real joys that come with them. Let’s just stipulate that in the hierarchy of pleasures, people come first. Now that we agree on that, good food and drink can help make any party better. Here are some suggestions for several possible types of gatherings. The suggestions are not rigid: if you see something you like better in another, go for it. Above all, these should be gifts to yourself.



  • Want to know more about Italy's favorite grape? Check out Casanova di Neri, Poliziano and Selvapiana in this feature all about Sangiovese - Chicago Tribune


    It took me a while to figure out why sangiovese is the most-planted red grape in Italy. At 155,000 acres of vine, it accounts for about 8 percent of all wine grapes planted there. And this in a country that routinely makes wine from 400 or so varieties. Italy can pick and choose if it wants to.




  • Here are some of the best wines for winter, including Sequoia Grove Winery and Frank Family Vineyards - Cigar World


    Whether it’s Christmas ham, a standing rib roast on New Year’s Eve, or turkey sandwiches and leftovers on New Year’s Day, a bottle of wine makes any meal more festive. It also aides digestion, relaxes the senses, and let’s face it, is just fun to drink. So here are a few of my personal picks of some of the newest wines to have on hand this holiday season.



  • Vietti's Roero Arneis featured in this grapey (and pretty awesome) gift guide! - grapefriend.com


    It’s your very grapey gift guide for 2013! Fret no more about what wine to buy the lucky gift-getters in your life.  Here were some of my favorite bottles this year, for so many different reasons, and who they’d be make great presents for.



  • A few things you might not know about Three Sticks Winery's winemaker, Don Van Staaveren: "I learned winemaking 'on the job.' I still am a surfer. I make killer cookies." Check out the rest of the interview - Terroirist.com


    Each week, as regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we’re featuring Don Van Staaveren, the winemaker at Three Sticks Wines, a small producer in Sonoma that mainly focuses on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Durell Vineyard.



  • Paul Hobbs Imports becomes sole US importer for Canadian producer Stratus Vineyards

    (December 9, 2013; Sebastopol, CA)—Stratus Vineyards, one of Canada's first LEED-certified wineries, has appointed Paul Hobbs Imports as its United States importer. Paul Hobbs' relationship with Stratus began in 2009, when he became the winery's viticultural and winemaking consultant. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, this is the first winery to be added to the Paul Hobbs Imports portfolio that extends beyond South America.



  • Introducing Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards: Catching California's Next Wine Wave

    (December 9, 2013—Malibu, CA)—We are thrilled to introduce you to our newest client: Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards. Inspired by a backyard Chardonnay vineyard Elliott and Lynn Dolin planted behind their Malibu home in 2006, Dolin has quickly emerged as one of the leading producers in the burgeoning Malibu Coast, a region poised to attain AVA in early 2014. Following the release of just three vintages of Chardonnay ($39), the winery already has plans to expand its Malibu production to include several more wines from the region, and it will further broaden its scope by the middle of 2014 with the release of a new line of Central Coast Pinot Noir wines from such highly regarded vineyards as Talley 'Rincon', Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills.



  • What are the best party sparklers? Here's a roundup from Snooth featuring Cleto Chiarli's "Centenario" Lambrusco - Snooth.com


    While I’m in the midst of building lists of great party wines for you all to enjoy this holiday season, this sparkling list is the only one giving me a few problems. To begin with I taste red and white wines all year long so I am much more familiar with them, but then there’s also the problem of price. For a wine to be a true party wine it needs to meet the following criteria:


  • Tis the season for sparkling wines. Grab Adami and check out the Washington Post's complete list - The Washington Post


    This week’s sparkling recommendations — all under $20 — include two proseccos from northern Italy and two cavas from Spain, with each pair showing subtle but distinct differences in style. Bonus: a California bubbly made by a Spanish cava producer.



  • Adami Prosecco for Thanksgiving. Salt Lake City Weekly's Ted Scheffler rounds up his top picks for Turkey Day - Salt Lake City Weekly


    As another Thanksgiving rolls in and we ponder what sorts of libations to serve with the vast array of Turkey Day flavors, the challenge of what to drink with Thanksgiving dinner can be looked at in two ways: It can be perceived as a burden, or it can be seen as an opportunity.



  • "When in doubt...buy Vietti" ... couldn't agree more! Lots of holiday love for Vietti - Bon Appetit


    I’m hosting my first Thanksgiving dinner this year. Luckily, I already have the wine picked out: Italian Barbera. I didn’t choose it because it goes well with stuffing (although it does); I chose it because it goes well with everything.



  • Paul Hobbs Imports becomes sole US importer for Argentine Pinot Noir producer Alto Limay

    (November 13, 2013; Sebastopol, CA)—Alto Limay, dedicated to the production of Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina, has appointed Paul Hobbs Imports as its United States importer. Since 2008, Paul Hobbs has been working with the producers of Alto Limay as consulting winemaker in an effort to explore this frontier geographical area and its synergy with the Pinot Noir varietal.



  • Entrepreneur Bill Price and Winemaker Gavin Chanin introduce LUTUM

    (November 5, 2013; Sonoma, CA)—Bill Price, owner of Classic Wines and Price Family Vineyards, along with Winemaker Gavin Chanin, announced today the launch of LUTUM, their new Pinot Noir and Chardonnay label. Latin for "dirt" or "soil", LUTUM references the partners' mission to make wines that express great vineyards of California, with little to mask the sites' natural character. The first wines will be released on November 12th via mailing list offering and will feature a small amount of 2011 Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir ($60) from the Sonoma Coast and 2011 La Rinconada Vineyard Pinot Noir ($50) from the Sta. Rita Hills. For more information or to join the mailing list, please visit www.lutumwines.com.



  • Anthony Giglio knows what we really want in a wine: finesse, gulpability and a hint of trouble - Food & Wine


    Here, wine experts reveal their favorite bottles costing less than $17. Many of the selections are lesser known but absolutely worth the search.


  • TPG Co-Founder Bill Price Makes Great Wine You Can't Buy - Forbes


    “There’s a great joy in creating a product outdoors in one of the most beautiful places in the world,” says Bill Price, onetime private equity hawk turned stealth wine mogul. “This morning I was out walking through a vineyard to see if we were ready to pick, and the fog was burning off and the sun was coming up and the birds were chirping. Pretty great way to spend your workday.”



  • Troublemaker wine bus to hit the road for West Coast tour

    (September 6, 2013; Paso Robles, CA)—Troublemaker, the red wine blend that has become Paso Robles-based Hope Family Wines’ fastest growing brand, has inspired what all trouble-hunting winemakers desire to do: road trip!  Hope Family Wines President Austin Hope revealed today the Troublemaker Bus, which will tour top Western US markets September-November.



  • Paul Bochniak joins Dalla Terra Winery Direct as South Central Regional Manager

    (August 12, 2013; Napa, Calif.)—Dalla Terra Winery Direct Founder and Chairman Brian Larky, along with President Dave Holt, announced today that Paul Bochniak has joined the sales team as South Central Regional Manager. In his new position, which begins on August 19th, Bochniak will be responsible for overseeing the South Central regional territory in the states of Texas, Louisiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arkansas.




    (Calistoga, CA; August 5, 2013)—Frank Family Vineyards today announced a partnership with Evolution Time International Limited (EVO) to export to Shanghai and Beijing. The partnership will expand Frank Family’s growing presence in Asia, where the wines are currently distributed in Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore. With a Chinese distribution goal of 5,000 cases per year, Frank Family Vineyards will export its Napa Valley Chardonnay, Napa Valley Pinot Noir, Napa Valley Zinfandel, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and Winston Hill, a Bordeaux blend made with fruit from Rich Frank’s hillside vineyard in Rutherford.



  • Inman Family Wines featured in Washington Post! - The Washington Post


    “I don’t like chomping on a toothpick or eating buttered popcorn with dried mangoes sprinkled on it,” Kathleen Inman said.

    We were discussing chardonnay, of course.


  • Growing, Tasting, Living Beauty: Hilliard Bruce Wines

    (July 23, 2013—Lompoc, CA)–One might visit all the vineyards in the world and never see another with as impeccably-farmed rows, perfectly-trellised vines and unbelievably precise watering mechanisms as the Hilliard Bruce Vineyard, located on the cool slopes of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. To describe this Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard as carefully farmed is an understatement: both John Hilliard and Christine Bruce are former artists (in visual art and music, respectively) and master gardeners and it shows. This is a vineyard that winemakers dream about, all the while giving agricultural workers nightmares considering the amount of work and detail that goes into such a work of art. The goal is to produce wines so wonderful and so redolent of this beautiful place that every effort in the vineyard will be rewarded exponentially with each passing vintage.



  • Really pleased to see such a thorough interview with Chris Howell of Cain Vineyard & Winery - HuffPost Taste


    Chris Howell, the talented General Manager and Winemaker of Cain Vineyard in Spring Mountain, shares his views on wine, grape growing, winemaking, Napa Valley, Spring Valley and more... in a two part interview.

    Here is the second part.



  • Chris Howell & Cain Vineyard: Making Wines That Matter - Huffington Post


    Chris Howell, the talented General Manager and Winemaker of Cain Vineyard in Spring Mountain, shares his views on wine, grape growing, winemaking, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain and more....in a two part interview. Here is Part I.



  • Liberty School introduces Pinot Noir and Merlot to its portfolio of wines

    (June 18, 2013; Paso Robles, CA)—Paso Robles' Hope Family Wines announced today the expansion of its Liberty School label, with two new bottlings: Liberty School Pinot Noir (SRP $20) and Liberty School Merlot (SRP $16). The 2012 Pinot Noir and 2011 Merlot will initially be primarily distributed to on-premise accounts, building the brand the way the Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon was built over the past two decades.



  • Eric Ripert creates multi-course menu with Domaine de Canton

    (May 20, 2013; Miami, FL) - Domaine de Canton, the world's first super-premium ginger liqueur, will host a multi-coursed dinner tonight at Le Bernardin restaurant in New York. This sold out event is part of the 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic and Domaine de Canton's cocktail and culinary tour, wherein the best chefs from select cities showcase his or her culinary talents using Domaine de Canton in the dishes and in the glass. Savory and sweet, this culinary pairing event promises to deliver an unforgettable gourmet experience. The menu includes:



  • Pali Wine Co. Secures Long-Term Lease on the Huber Vineyard Located in Sta. Rita Hills AVA

    (Lompoc, CA; May 20, 2013) - Today, Tim Perr, co-founder of Pali Wine Co., announced that the winery has secured a long-term lease on the Huber Vineyard, owned by Norman and Traudl Huber. The Huber Vineyard, first planted by Norman Huber in 1987-88, is one of the oldest vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA.




  • Inman Family Wines hires Mike Sai as marketing director and promotes Michelle Berger to director of direct to consumer sales

    (May 6, 2013; Santa Rosa, Calif.)— Inman Family Wines, an artisanal producer of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris from the Russian River Valley, has hired Mike Sai as marketing director and promoted Michelle Berger to director of direct to consumer sales in an effort to keep pace with a rapidly expanding business.



  • Hope Family Wines repackages popular Troublemaker wine with a bold new label

    (April 23, 2013; Paso Robles, CA)—Hope Family Wines unveiled a new label today for its Troublemaker wine (SRP $20), which will roll out this spring to wine stores and restaurants in all 50 domestic states and select international markets. The new packaging features an abstract red and black image, with a minimalistic back label that reads: “You know who you are.”



  • Frank Family Vineyards expands sales force with the hiring of Ken Doyle as eastern regional manager

    (April 3, 2013—Calistoga, CA)— Frank Family Vineyards is expanding its sales team with the hiring of Ken Doyle as eastern regional manager. The new position is being created to enhance the winery’s presence in the New York metropolitan area and to complement work with Vice President of National Sales, Scott Lloyd.



  • Inman Family Wines "Endless Crush" Rose of Pinot Noir gets a new look and national distribution

    (March 21, 2013; Santa Rosa, Calif.)Inman Family Wines Winemaker and GM Kathleen Inman today revealed her new labels for the 2012 “Endless Crush®” rosé, along with plans to distribute the wine nationally beginning this April at a new and lower suggested retail price of $22. The “Endless Crush” rosé is made in a dry style, from organically grown Pinot Noir grapes from the Inman Olivet Grange Vineyard located in the Russian River Valley.



  • Paul Hobbs Imports becomes sole US importer for Chilean producer Vina Perez Cruz

    (March 18, 2013; Sebastopol, CA)—Viña Perez Cruz, a family-owned producer of 100% estate-bottled red wines from the Maipo Alto Valley region of Chile, has appointed Paul Hobbs Imports as its United States importer.



  • Tune in to Wine without Worry to listen to Brian Larky of Dalla Terra Winery Direct talk Italian Bubbles - JamesonFink.com


    What’s all the fuss about Italian sparkling wine, specifically Prosecco, Lambrusco, and Moscato d’Asti? The lastest episode of my Wine Without Worry podcast makes a return trip to Italy to find out. My guest is the charismatic Brian Larky, who I last saw on a January press trip with Jarvis Communications. So who is Brian? No big deal, he’s just a pilot, sailboat and yacht racer, ace powder skier, whitewater rapids guide, and SCUBA diver. Oh, and he founded a fantastic company that imports Italian wines: Dalla Terra.



  • Hope Family Wines promotes Samantha Taylor to Assistant Winemaker

    (February 25, 2013; Paso Robles, CA)—Hope Family Wines, the family-owned, Paso Robles-based producer of Liberty School, Treana, Candor, Troublemaker and Austin Hope wines, announced today the promotion of Samantha Taylor to the position of Assistant Winemaker.


  • Reuling Vineyard, a long time vineyard source for Aubert Wines and Peter Michael Winery, launches eponymous label

    (February 20, 2013—Forestville, Calif.) Timothy Reuling and Jackie Reuling today announced the launch of the Reuling Vineyard label, specializing in Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from their 14.4-acre vineyard in Forestville, Calif. The 2011 Reuling Vineyard Pinot Noir (SRP $70) and 2012 Rosé of Pinot Noir (SRP $25) will be released direct to consumers in April, and a Chardonnay will make its debut in 2014. Mailing list sign-ups are currently active online at www.reulingvineyard.com.



  • Paul Hobbs Imports appoints Serge Lozach as general manager

    (February 13, 2013; Sebastopol, CA)—Paul Hobbs Imports, a leading importer of quality-driven, estate wines from Argentina has appointed Serge Lozach as its general manager.



  • Bill Price purchases 138-acre Gap's Crown vineyard in Sonoma Coast AVA

    (January 23, 2013; Sonoma, CA)—Bill Price, proprietor of Classic Wines, LLC and Price Family Vineyards, LLC, along with Richard Magnuson, of GI Partners, announced the sale of the Gap's Crown, including the highly acclaimed 138-acre vineyard located in the Sonoma Coast AVA. Planted to 106 acres of Pinot Noir and 32 acres of Chardonnay, the vineyard has been a source for well-known producers including Patz & Hall, Paul Hobbs Winery and Kosta Browne Winery. Zepponi & Company, the global wine industry mergers and acquisitions advisory firm, served as the exclusive financial advisor to GI Partners and negotiated the sale to Gap's Crown LLC, which was recently formed by Bill Price. Gap's Crown LLC will continue to sell fruit from the vineyard to several producers.



  • Sicilian producer, Tascante, joins Dalla Terra Winery Direct's portfolio of esteemed family-owned Italian wineries

    (January 14, 2013—Napa, CA)—Dalla Terra Winery Direct® Founder and Chairman Brian Larky, along with President Dave Holt, today announced that Tascante, a new project from the Mount Etna region of Sicily, has joined Dalla Terra’s portfolio of renowned family-owned Italian estates. Dalla Terra will be the sole USA agent for Tascante, and will work with the Tasca family, who also founded the well-known Tasca d'Almerita brand, to raise national awareness of the Mount Etna region and its native varietal Nerello Mascalese.



  • Winemaker Paul Hobbs selected as winemaking consultant for Juanico Wines in Uruguay

    (January 8, 2013; Sebastopol, CA)—International winemaker and consultant Paul Hobbs announced today that he will serve as consulting winemaker for Juanicó Wines in Canelones, Uruguay. Hobbs will work with the Deicas family, who founded the winery in 1979, to improve the portfolio of wines, including the Don Pascual and Pueblo del Sol brands.



  • Paul Hobbs Winery acquires 90-acre vineyard in Napa Valley, Coombsville AVA

    (December 17, 2012; Sebastopol, CA)—Paul Hobbs, founder of Paul Hobbs Winery, and Richard Magnuson, of GI Partners, announced today the purchase of the 90-acre Tourmaline Vineyard located in Napa Valley's new Coombsville AVA. The property was first planted to Bordeaux varietals over a decade ago, and has been a source for producers such as Cardinale, Merus, Chappellet and Paul Hobbs Winery. Zepponi & Company, the global wine industry mergers and acquisitions advisory firm, served as the exclusive financial advisor to GI Partners and negotiated the sale to Paul Hobbs Winery.



  • Frank Family Vineyards Named "Winery of the Year" by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

    (Calistoga, CA; December 7, 2012)—Frank Family Vineyards was awarded “Winery of the Year” by Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine in the publication’s “Best of 2012” December issue. The periodical, published by Charles Olken, has been reviewing wine since 1974, and reviews thousands of wines each year. The Connoisseurs’Guide selected Frank Family Vineyards based on its consistent excellence across the board, saying, “Multiple star ratings were garnered in virtually every category, starting the year off with Zinfandel and ending with Cabernet Sauvignon, and touching Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Chardonnay and Sparkling Wine along the way.” Adds publisher Olken, “No other winery has demonstrated such a broad range of special accomplishment. Big kudos to Rich Frank and the Frank Family winery.”  The publication is available by subscription at www.cgcw.com.



  • Locanda del Pilone named Piedmont's "Restaurant of the Year" by Bibenda "Guide to the Best Wines and Restaurants of Italy"

    (December 6, 2012; Alba, Italy)—Locanda del Pilone, a restored farmhouse that houses a Michelin-starred restaurant and elegant hotel in Alba, Italy, has been named Piedmont’s 2013 “Restaurant of the Year” by Bibenda. Published each year by the Italian Sommelier Association, the guide highlights the best wines and restaurants in every region of Italy.



  • Riglos 2009 Gran Corte Las Divas Vineyard named #1 wine of 2012 by Wine Enthusiast

    (November 28, 2012; Sebastopol, CA)—Paul Hobbs Imports announced today that the Riglos 2009 Gran Corte has been named the “Number One Wine of 2012” by Wine Enthusiast magazine in the annual “Enthusiast 100” listing of the must-have wines of the year. The selection was a collaborative process among the editors of Wine Enthusiast, and was based on factors such as rating, price, drinkability and uniqueness.


  • Thanksgiving Wines for When You Didnât Plan Ahead - The New York Times


    IT’S the absolute last minute. All your Thanksgiving preparations are in order. Almost. “Oh no! I knew I forgot something ... the wine!”



  • Frank Family Vineyards Buys Historic Wood Ranch Vineyard Estate in Rutherford

    (November 13, 2012; Calistoga, CA)—Today, Frank Family Vineyards announced the purchase of the Wood Ranch Vineyard Estate, a historic 87-acre property in Rutherford, Calif. with 70 acres of grape vines. For three generations, the property was owned and developed by the family of Frank "Laurie" Wood, a Napa Valley grape grower and icon.



  • Check out this great segment with Kathleen Inman and Tom Leykis. Lovely way to spend a Friday night in Los Angeles! - The Tasting Room with Tom Leykis




  • Hope Family Wines keeps classic cool with new Liberty School label design

    (October 15, 2012; Paso Robles, CA)—Liberty School, one of California’s best values in wine, will introduce a new package design this fall. Liberty School was founded nearly 40 years ago and is owned by Hope Family Wines of Paso Robles, Calif. President and winemaker Austin Hope enlisted designer Jeffrey Caldewey of ICON Design Group to create the packaging. The updated bottles will begin shipping to accounts nationally in mid-October with the 2010 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon and 2011 Chardonnay wines (SRP$14).



  • Paul Hobbs Winery awarded International Trophy "Best In Show" for its 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards

    (October 15, 2012; Sebastopol, CA)—Paul Hobbs Winery’s 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded the “Best in Show, Red Bordeaux Varietal Over £10” this October at the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards, one of the largest and most influential wine competitions in the world. The wine was one of 28 International Trophies awarded out of 14,120 wine entries from around the world, and was the only wine from the United States to land a spot in the “Best in Show” category. Overall, the award for Paul Hobbs’ wine represents the top 0.2% of all wines evaluated during the competition.



  • Eleven wines within Dalla Terra Winery Direct portfolio awarded a Tre Bicchieri by Gambero Rosso

    (October 11, 2012; Napa, Calif.)—Eleven wines within the Dalla Terra Winery Direct® portfolio have been awarded a Tre Bicchieri® honor by Gambero Rosso for the "Vini d'Italia 2013" wine guide. A team of over 60 wine professionals blind tasted over 45,000 new vintages from wineries throughout Italy. Gambero Rosso seeks wines that are “coherent, harmonious, balanced and elegant,” and is focused on highlighting quality Italian wines in all wine producing regions of the country.


  • Hope Family Wines introduces signature cocktail: "The Treana Rush"

    (October 10, 2012; Paso Robles, CA)—Hope Family Wines, a family-owned wine producer based in Paso Robles, Calif., unveiled its first signature cocktail, the Treana Rush, on September 29th at the annual SAVOR the Central Coast event in Santa Margarita, Calif. The inspiration for the refreshingly sweet concoction came from Hope Family Wines staff, and the recipe was finalized by Chad Osman, bartender at Paso Robles’ famed Villa Creek restaurant. The cocktail is based on Treana White wine, a blend of Viognier and Marsanne from vineyards in Monterey County. The wine cocktail was overwhelmingly popular at the event, with over 2,200 cocktails served, and it has since been added to the cocktail list at Villa Creek restaurant.


  • "5 workouts to help flex your wine muscles" - The TODAY Show


    Ray Isle from Food & Wine magazine shows off five different exercises to whip your taste buds into shape for appreciating wine. Topics include what it means to be "oaked," the acidity in wine, and how wine gets its aromas and flavors.



  • "In The Vineyard" - Features Celebrity Chef Casey Thompson During Harvest 2012 Presented by Hope Family Wines & Firestone Walker Brewing Company

    (October 3, 2012; Paso Robles, CA)—On October 20th Hope Family Wines will partner with Firestone Walker Brewing Company to host “In the Vineyard,” a unique experience that will showcase some of Paso Robles' best known wine and beer, paired to Top Chef Season 3 finalist Casey Thompson’s cuisine. The event will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Hope Family Vineyard at 1585 Live Oak Rd in Paso Robles, Calif., and will be a highlight celebration of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance’s annual Harvest Wine Weekend. Tickets are available for $75, and may be purchased online at inthevineyard.eventbrite.com. A portion of the total proceeds will be donated to Loaves & Fishes Paso Robles (loavesandfishespaso.org), benefitting emergency needs of persons seeking help in Northern San Luis Obispo County.



  • "battle for Soave's high ground" - The Drinks Business


    Soave has always been about the hills. Once part of a prehistoric ocean floor, this large warren of vineyards just east of Verona started as a volcanically formed tropical island, evolving into part of the mainland to then rest at the edge of a large plain that sweeps just above sea level all the way to Venice.



  • Inman Family Wines celebrates 10 years of Russian River Valley winemaking; will kick off a year of festivities with a retrospective tasting

    (September 11, 2012; Santa Rosa, Calif.)In honor of her 10 year anniversary, Inman Family Wines Winemaker and Owner, Kathleen Inman, has announced plans for a yearlong series of celebrations beginning with an exclusive retrospective tasting featuring a complete vertical of her estate Olivet Grange Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003-2009. A dinner paired with Inman wines will follow. The event will take place on Saturday, October 13 at 4:00 p.m. at the winery, located at 3900 Piner Road, Santa Rosa, California. Tickets are extremely limited and may be purchased for $125 by calling 707-293-9576.




    (September 11, 2012—Lompoc, CA)—Pali Wine Co., a producer of premium, appellation-specific and vineyard-designate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from California and Oregon, has opened a new tasting room located at 116 East Yanonali St. in downtown Santa Barbara’s “Funk Zone.”  The area is named for the bounty of cultural attractions, including art galleries, tasting rooms and creative spaces found between State St., Garden St., Montecito St. and Cabrillo Blvd. The new Pali Wine Co. tasting room is also part of a 17-winery group called the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail www.urbanwinetrailsb.com.



  • "Renewing a love for Italy's humble whites" - San Francisco Chronicle


    Gavi. Soave. Frascati. Verdicchio. These are the lingua franca of an earlier generation of Italian wine lovers, the same ones who also uncorked their fiascos of Chianti with spaghetti, unaware that a couple of decades later, we'd be weighing the relative merits of Frappato and Lagrein.



  • Amelia Di Marco joins Dalla Terra Winery Direct® as New York and New Jersey district manager

    (August 27, 2012; Napa, Calif.)—Dalla Terra Winery Direct® Founder and Chairman Brian Larky, along with President Dave Holt, announced today that Amelia Di Marco has joined the sales team as New York and New Jersey district manager. Based in Brooklyn, Di Marco will continue to develop and strengthen the presence of Dalla Terra wines within the East Coast market. She brings with her an extensive background of wine industry experience, previously holding positions as key account sales representative for VINTUS, at Winebow as wine educator and PR coordinator, at Domenico Valentino as wine sales representative, and as wine tour coordinator at Altesino in Montalcino.



  • "Italy's powerhouse regions" - Chicago Tribune


    The three regions of northeastern Italy are known colloquially as "the three Venices" ("le tre Venezie"), a name used on maps until just after World War II. Of the regions, the two farthest to the north and east — Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, as they are known today — are foremost on the wine map of Italy.



  • "Top 10 wines in the US press" - The Drinks Business


    Irene Virbila in the Los Angeles Times has written about “drinking Qupé Syrah for years but never knowing until now that (1) Qupé is pronounced “kyoo-PAY” (I’d thought it was koo-PAY all this time) and (2) it’s the Chumash Indian word for California poppy. Turns out winemaker Bob Lindquist has a poetic streak.”



  • "Lambrusco Wants You Back" - The New York Times


    I DON’T think I’ve been any place where drinking sparkling wine is as ritualistic as in Italy. Meals with even the slightest claim to ceremony must begin with spumante, even if it is pushed aside after a few sips. They often end with something sparkling and sweet as well, like a bright moscato d’Asti, likewise ignored after a couple of tastes.




    (July 31; Los Angeles, CA)—Promise, a small production vineyard designate Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley’s Rutherford AVA, has been selected as the esteemed gift for to two of international soccer’s premier teams, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur, during international friendly matches with the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team. Tottenham Hotspur’s chairman, Daniel Levy, was presented with 5 engraved wooden boxes, each containing 3 bottles of the yet-to-be-released 2008 vintage of Promise before the match on Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Promise will also be presented to Real Madrid’s club President, Florentino Perez, before the match on Thursday, August 2, 2012. The LA Galaxy’s game with Real Madrid game will broadcast at 7:30 p.m. PST on ESPN 2 and ESPN Deportes as well as at www.lagalaxy.com.



  • "Wine of the Week: A Rose To Honor Romance" - Forbes.com


    A wine with a story is always more intriguing, especially a story laced with romance. Endless Crush Rosé, produced by winemaker and owner, Kathleen Inman, was originally a 20th anniversary gift to her British husband Simon. It’s no surprise that a romantic moment in Provence inspired her thinking when making this wine. “The first time I had an elegant dry rosé wine was on a simple but romantic picnic with my husband Simon in Provence nearly twenty four years ago. Local cheese, bread, fruit, the fabulous, dramatic scenery and that Provençal wine with its delicate salmon pink color, crisp acidity and floral aromas forever linked in my mind rosé wines and al fresco dining with romance.”



  • TGIF! Bill Price tells FOXBusiness what it REALLY takes to leave the corporate world and start a winery - FOXBusiness


    It’s so easy to pour a glass of wine and forget that an actual business was needed to make that bottle.

    But Bill Price knows that firsthand, and he's merged his business acumen with his passion for wine ever-so smoothly.



  • Steve Grass Joins Pali Wine Co. and Tower 15 Winery as Midwest Regional Sales Manager

    (July 16—Lompoc, CA) Pali Wine Co. and Tower 15 Founder and Managing Partner Tim Perr announced today the hiring of Steve Grass as Midwest Regional Sales Manager. Grass will work with National Sales Director Gary White in this new position, orchestrating sales in 14 Midwest states including: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Kansas, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Ohio and Minnesota. In addition to overseeing sales for Pali, Grass will handle sales for Pali’s sister winery, Tower 15. 



  • "Appel on Wine: Inman embraces eco-ethics to make exceptional wines" - The Portland Press Herald


    The evidence is clear that the "organic" label is close to meaningless. There is now so much money at stake with large corporations that increasingly own the "organic" food and beverage sectors that they can work the system to suit their needs. Ingredients and practices that are now officially permissible would have been laughed out of any organic farm worth the name five years ago.


  • "High Spirits: Dressed to Grill" - Cincinnati Magazine


    Summertime, and the grilling is easy...especially with a glass of wine in your hand. Not sure how to choose the right ones? Use this as your cheat sheet.


  • "Discovering the Beautiful Blends of Paso Robles" - The Wall Street Journal


    WHEN I FIRST visited Paso Robles, in 2005, I felt as if I was stepping back in time, exploring a little-known outpost of the wine world set in a pristine California landscape where flocks of wild turkeys mingled with cattle and groves of towering live oak shaded Mennonite homesteads. Justin Baldwin, a regional pioneer of viticulture who founded Justin Vineyards in 1981, told me he fell in love with the area in part because it reminded him of Napa in the '50s and '60s.



  • "7 Unusual Wines for Pork" - Snooth.com


    Some wines are hard to taste.

    It’s not because they are actually hard to taste (well, there is that also), but rather because you don’t know when to taste them. Funky red blends, for example, tend to fall outside of the generally regional- or varietal-based scopes of most of my daily tastings. So what is one to do? Taste them together!

    This may not be the most coherent group of wines ever tasted, but while tasting through them I did think of one trait these wines shared: they would all be particularly suitable for various pork dishes! Yes, it is a weird thing to say but pork - grilled, smoked, stewed and roasted - is a summertime staple around my house. So as weird as it may be, it turns out to be a timely tasting. I give you seven unusual red wines that are perfect for pork!


  • "The Unspoken Rules of Napa Valley Wine Tasting" - BonAppetit.com


    Even though The Nitpicker is a total jerk, he (I) was recently invited on a press trip to go wine tasting in Napa.  I realized I had a problem. I know how to drink wine (sip, swallow, repeat), but I had no real idea how to taste it. Surrounded by people talking vintages and appellations and malolactic fermentation, I quickly realized that there was a lot more to this wine-drinking business than the angle at which you hold your pinkie.


  • Classic Wines, LLC owner Bill Price and winemaker Gavin Chanin announce partnership in new Pinot Noir and Chardonnay project

    (June 4, 2012; Sonoma, CA)—Bill Price, entrepreneur and owner of Classic Wines, LLC, announced today a partnership with 26-year-old winemaker Gavin Chanin in creation of Price Chanin Vineyards. Chanin, who was previously assistant winemaker at Au Bon Climat and Qupé wineries in Santa Barbara County, takes the reigns as winemaker for the yet-to-be-named wine brand, which will focus on small-production, single-vineyard wines. The wines will be made at their new winery located at Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria, Calif.


  • "The Public Eye" - Interview with Al Vuona


    This weeks Al is joined by former Entertainment chief for ABC, Steve McPherson. While at ABC he oversaw such hit shows as Grey's Anatomy, Dancing With The Stars and Ugly Betty. Since that time he has pursued his passion and love for wine. His new Promise Cabernet a venture he started in 2004 has been hailed by critics as simply marvelous. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 to hear this amazing story of a Hollywood heavyweight turned out to be a wine master.



  • "Vintage Philanthropy" - Financial Times How to Spend It


    On a humid Saturday afternoon in late January, hundreds of people gathered under a cavernous tent set up on the lawn of the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida, for a charity wine auction. There were several things that distinguished this particular event. For one, not every auction lot involved wine: there were also lavish trips, tickets to Sir Elton John’s White Tie & Tiara Ball, a round of golf with British Open champion Darren Clarke, and a private concert by country star LeAnn Rimes. For another, the ambience was wildly festive; in addition to an ocean of wine to drink, music was playing, party horns were blaring and giant video screens broadcasted the action throughout the tent.


  • "Wines in Good Company" - Four Seasons Magazine


    The last thing you want at a party is a party wine, the oenological version of airplane movies and beach reading. Why invite the bland and forgettable, when there is a cast of mostly inexpensive wines out there that can contribute to the life of the party? These wines don’t demand reverential sniffs and swirls or arcane knowledge for their appreciation. They get the conversation flowing, meet the dishes they’re fixed up with for the evening and go on to make a splendid pairing. I call them aperitif-to-appetiser wines, and right now the wine world is full of such suave characters, flexible and approachable but certainly not one-dimensional. “They tend to come from small producers who grow their own grapes and are passionate about making wine with real personality,” says importer Robert Kacher. These wines will go with a range of dishes if you play to their strengths, bright acidity and fresh fruit, and sometimes just a hint of sweetness that makes them even more food-friendly.



  • "Best of the Best 2012: Domestic White Wine" - Robb Report


     From the ages of ancient Sumeria and classical Greece to the present day, human beings have treated wine as everything from a religious totem to an art form. The mystic and romantic connotations we have attached to this beverage throughout history make it easy for us to forget that it is fundamentally an agricultural product—albeit a wonderfully complex one.



  • "Best of the Best 2012: International Red Wine" - Robb Report


    In whichever hemisphere or country Paul Hobbs exercises his purple thumb, the vines prosper. A New York native, the distinguished winemaker began his career in Napa Valley, working for such esteemed labels as Robert Mondavi Winery and Opus One. In 1991 he established Paul Hobbs Winery, whose inspired wines from Napa Valley and Sonoma County have earned a loyal following among wine enthusiasts and collectors—and earned Hobbs himself numerous requests from vintners seeking his services as a consultant. Still, one of the winemaker’s most astonishing achievements thus far is Viña Cobos, the label he created in Argentina with partners Luis Barraud and Andrea Marchiori. The Viña Cobos 2008 Corte uNico (www.vinacobos.com, $200), which consists of 82 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 18 percent Malbec, possesses a color as black as the fruit it expresses, and flavors of licorice, coffee, and cloves lace its lengthy finish.



  • "Our Ultimate Summer Party Guide" - Ladies Home Journal




  • "The Armchair Oenophile" - 805 Living


    There is a series of cool-wine mountain passes near Paso Robles know as the Templeton Gap. It’s a great place to grow Rhône varietals, but the name reminds me of cowboy westerns and box canyons and rounding up the posse to chase down chicken rustlers. If the good guys can just head ‘em off at the Templeton Gap, all will be well.


  • "5 Dog-Friendly Winery Tasting Rooms" - Squidink, LA Weekly blog


    1. Frank Family Vineyards, Calistoga:
    Nestled behind an historic winemaking facility, the tasting room for the Frank Family Vineyards is a cozy restored Craftsman house with its own yard of tall oaks, picnic tables and a garden ringed in fruit trees. The tasting room has a long-standing rep for friendliness to all comers: No Napa Valley pretensions here. (The Frank Family's Winston Hill Vineyard was named for a favored pet). Frank Family Vineyards produces a delightful sparkling wine, a true blanc de blanc from Chardonnay grapes. Try that and the plummy 2009 Frank Family Vineyards Napa Valley Zinfandel, the robust 2009 Frank Family Vineyards Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and finish off with a taste of the late harvest Chardonnay -- only available at the winery. 1091 Larkmead Lane Calistoga; (800) 574-9463.



  • "Vineyard's Potential Buzz Kill: Taxes" - FoxBusiness.com


    I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the Chuck Wagner, the owner and winemaker of Caymus Vineyards, which produces some of my favorite wines.



    (May 17, 2012—Los Angeles, CA)—It was a bittersweet moment on May 10th as philanthropic-minded wine connoisseurs assembled at Beverly Hills’ glamorous SLS Hotel in support of the 10th and final installment of the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program’s annual Wine Aficionado Dinner. This year’s theme, titled “Going out in Style,” raised $200,000 for bench to bedside research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, capping off a successful decade of vital fundraising. Since launching in 2003, the dinner has realized over $2.2 million dollars for cutting-edge cancer research. Bogart will continue to hold its annual fundraisers including the upcoming 5th Annual Provident Financial Management Golf Classic on June 18th, the William Morris Endeavor Tennis Classic on July 22nd and the 2nd Annual “A Day of Champions” this October. The Wine Aficionado Dinner planning committee is also in the early stages of planning future distinct wine-focused benefits.



  • "A Cut Above" - Chicago Tribune


    Bring a visitor from another country to an American Costco or Wal-Mart, and take out your catcher's mitt to snag a dropped jaw. We, on the other hand, take such excess of choice as the norm.

    Until we need to buy a bottle of wine. Then, "there are too many labels."

    Yet, in my experience, among all those wines certain labels are particularly reliable or fail-safe. Let me name names, as a guide to those winemakers from a number of countries who deliver solid, well-priced white and red wines year in, year out. From the four most prolific countries, I also add six other names that you also may trust blindly. All wines are in wide distribution.


  • "Wine Of The Week: A Tasty $20 Pinot Noir" - Forbes.com


    Pinot Noir’s popularity skyrocketed after the movie Sideways. it was great news for anyone growing and selling this diva of a grape, but terrible news for Pinot lovers. Demand pushed prices into the stratosphere and availability to the fringes. Producers, wanting to get in on the action, flooded the market with below average imposters (often spiked with other grape varieties to add color and such). My expectations for the wines dropped precipitously and my wallet opened even wider to cough up the mega-bucks now required for purchasing anything of quality.  The buzz has slackened a bit, but Pinot Noir is still an expensive hobby. That said, I did stumble across a high value, decent priced wine the other day: Pali Wine Co. 2010 “Huntington” Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills, ($21).



  • Winemaker Kathleen Inman Honored by Women for WineSense with Rising Star Award

    SANTA ROSA, Calif., (May 7, 2012)—Kathleen Inman, founder and winemaker of Inman Family Wines, a Russian River Valley producer of small-lot Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, received the Rising Star Award at the Women for WineSense Grand Event on May 6, at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Calif.


  • "After 40 Successful Caymus Vintages, Chuck Wagner Is a 'Special Selection'" - TheDailyMeal.com


    After 40 years, Chuck Wagner still feels very passionately about his wines because, well, they are his wines.


  • "Value California Pinots" - MilwaukeeMag.com


    Springtime means that it’s, at last, time to put away not just wool sweaters but the heavy Cabernet Sauvignon, right? Lighter-bodied reds – such as select Pinot Noirs from California, those lighter in body with approachability but aren’t abandoning complexity – are the perfect transition. Here are three recommendations in perfect pitch with this week’s weather. All are Pinot Noirs costing under – $22 per bottle and from the 2010 vintage.


  • "Crisp white wines and one great local find" - USAToday.com


    It's no secret in the wine world that crisp low-alcohol whites are the next "thing." Sauvignon Blancs lead the way, although their love for warmer summers make them shoot a little higher in alcohol content. Wines made with Pinot Grigio (mostly Italian) are next in line for popularity.


  • "A Californian Adventure" - Epicure Asia


    The romantic image of winemaking did not figure in Todd Graff’s early career as a globetrotting vintner: after graduating from UC Davis in 1984 with a degree in plant science and viticulture, he spent three years working at several wineries including Joseph Phelps in Napa Valley, Klaus Schweicher in Germany’s Mosel, Château Yon-Figeac in France’s St. Emilion, and Arrowfield Estate in Australia’s Hunter Valley. “I spent nights sleeping in barns at times,” reveals Graff, who hails from Petaluma in Sonoma County.

    While the backaches were worth it because of the knowledge he gained and the new friends he made, the paychecks weren’t enough to support him. So in 1987, he returned to Napa Valley and found work as an assistant winemaker at Stag’s Leap winery, before moving on to Schramsberg Vineyards and Sonoma Creek Winery (at the latter, he was responsible for increasing production by 30 percent).

    In 2003, he assumed the role of winemaker and general manager at Napa Valley-based Frank Family Vineyards, located in the district of Calistoga, an hour’s drive from his hometown of Petaluma. The winery is owned by Rich Frank, a veteran Hollywood television producer who now provides consulting services for Prospect Park, a talent management and production company.


  • "Top 10 Charity Auctions of 2011" - Wine Spectator


    The past few years have seen ups and downs in the world of charity wine auctions. Following the record-setting highs realized in 2007 and the subsequent lows seen in 2009, many auctions are rebuilding, and while auction totals in 2010 showed signs of economic recovery, those of 2011 showed only a slight upward movement from 2010, suggesting that a return to full form might still be a few years away.


  • "Put wine in play for baseball fans" - Chicago Tribune


    "Cold wine here! Get yer cold wine here!"

    This you will not be hearing at a Major League Baseball park this summer.

    Sure, in the hoity-toity private boxes or on "club level," good wine abounds. It's one of the draws. But for the hoi polloi who snag a dog or a slice at the down-market concession stands, the wine selection (if any) is pretty much what my son, Colin, reported finding at his home base of Coors Field in Denver: "Woodbridge and Sutter Home merlot and white zinfandel."


  • "Caymus, A Wine Lover's All-Time Favorite Wine" - Forbes.com


    I consider myself very, very fortunate to have had the opportunity to taste a lot of unique and excellent wines over the years. From food & wine festivals to vineyards visits, industry tastings to Vegas splurges, and especially in the homes of wine-loving friends, I’ve had old and rare Burgundies, vineyard-only wines that are never sold elsewhere, famed Bordeaux, and obscure California cult wines.


  • Robertson Taylor Presents the 5th Annual Provident Financial Management Golf Classic in Memory of Willie Robertson on June 18

    (April 13, 2012; Los Angeles, CA)—On June 18 golf lovers will once again congregate at the top-rated Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., for one of the season’s most anticipated golf charity events: Robertson Taylor Presents the 5th Annual Provident Financial Management Golf Classic in Memory of Willie Robertson, benefiting the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy. The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program conducts leukemia and cancer research for infants, children and adolescents at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Funds raised enable the foundation to receive more support for its research and care, resulting in 20 dollars in research grants for every dollar raised. Individual tickets for the golf tournament start at $1,500 and sponsorship opportunities begin at $10,000 and are available by calling 323.308.0508 or emailing info@bogartfoundation.org.


  • "Top 5: Northern California Tasting Rooms" - FoodRepublic.com


    Spring has sprung. The mustard is in full bloom and there’s no better time to visit Northern California wine country than now. You could easily spend a month (hell, years?) driving the backroads and main trails of Napa and Sonoma Counties, stopping every hundred yards for yet another sip and swirl.

    The choices are endless, and everyone has their favorites. But don’t let tasting fatigue get the best of you. Narrow it down, and go big. Here are my five favorite tasting rooms, for the moment at least.


  • "A Champion Is Crowned: The 2012 1WD Petite Sirah Taste-Off Finals" - 1 Wine Dude


    In a thrilling, tightly-fought contest, the 2009 Frank Family Vineyards SJ Vineyard Reserve Petite Sirah was crowned Champion of the 2012 1WineDude.com Petite Sirah Taste-Off tournament, edging out its Napa neighbor rival in the finals, the 2007 Stanton Vineyards Petite Sirah.



  • "Swigging for Good" - ForbesLife


    The Naples Winter Wine Festival in Florida has raised more than $100 million at its auction for the Naples Children & Education Foundation over the past 12 years, typically through wine lots. But at this January’s event, attended by 580 people, the top lot, $1.2 million, amid a record haul of $12.4 million, came in the form of a concert: LeAnn Rimes, who promised a private show for 100, accompanied by Tom Colicchio cuisine. “We did something different,” says Bob Clifford, president of the Chicago Bar Association, who, with his wife, Joan, helmed this year’s three-day festival. Clifford was inspired by past offerings such as dinner at French Laundry, tickets to the finals of American Idol, and “hard-to-get cars.”


  • "Wine Time" - The Augusta Chronicle


    WHAT: Sometimes you just have to splurge for a nice bottle of wine, and what better time to do it than Masters Week?

    Napa Valley is considered the best place for Cabernet Sauvignon, and for decades Caymus Vineyards has been one of the best of the best. This vintage reenforces that notion. It is a sexy wine.


  • "In Good Time" - Palm Beach Illustrated


    Determining the perfect moment to drink a bottle of wine can be one of trickiest endeavors on Earth. The wild cards are almost endless—region, producer, vintage and style are all factors, and storage conditions also play a key role. As a result, both amateurs and connoisseurs frequently make mistakes. Sometimes our curiosity gets the better of us, and we consume wines in their infant stage; just as often, we hang on to our favorites too long and drink them past their peak.



  • "Wines of Paso Robles" - Augusta Magazine


    As Austin Hope walks among his vines in Paso Robles, Calif., he talks about the land with great pride, reminiscing about when his family purchased the parcel in the early 1990s.

    “A neighbor hated the vineyards and said he’d put in a pig farm,” explains Hope. “My father said, ‘If you are so unhappy, sell me the land.’ He said $4,000 an acre was his price.”


  • "Hope Family Wines" - Wineguys Radio






  • "A Look Inside Caymus Vineyard" - Imus in the Morning


    Caymus Vineyard Owner Chuck Wagner on the business of wine making.


  • "Friday Wine Sips" - BiggerThanYourHead.net


    Friday again, so soon, time flies, seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, and then it’s like why didn’t I drink more wine? So, here’s your chance! Today’s Friday Wine Sips are mainly from California except for an Argentine malbec I threw in to mess with your heads this morning. As usual, I eschew technical data for the sake of brevity, punch, vim and vigor. Seven wines here, arranged by price; six recommended, one emphatically not. These were all samples for review, as I am required to inform you by the Federal Trade Commission.


  • "A Promising Cabernet" - GoodLifeReport.com


    Entering the high-end Napa Cabernet market is a tricky business. Charge too little and you’re likely to encounter a problem with perception. Charge too much and consumers may reflexively call you a cynic. And all of this is before consideration of the wine itself, which, to stand up to well-established competitors in the category, has to do something special, indeed.


  • "An Evolving Chardonnay" - ZesterDaily.com


    Wine of the Week: A ceramic bottle hints at an aging process that elevates this 'silver' Chardonnay.


  • "Wine, Etc.: Pinot Noir offers eloquence and style but not value" - The Capital Gazette


    Pinot noir is often called by wine producers as the “heartbreak grape.” Sensitive to weather and thin-skinned, it is prone to disease. Entire crops can be destroyed with a poorly timed deluge.

    For this and other reasons, pinot noir is also expensive to make. So for consumers, it is not easy to find a good one that cost less than $30 a bottle.


  • "No Spitting Allowed: Frank Family Without Caveats" - TheDailyMeal.com


    About three years ago, I toured and tasted at Frank Family Vineyards in the revitalized Kornell/Larkmead facility on Napa Valley’s Upper East Side. I liked the wines, but I didn’t love them. They are what I refer to as "caveat wines," those that have something very appealing about them, but yet don’t totally ring true. Yes, but…

    The wines I’ve tasted in the intervening years have also been variable. Like that one very much, have problems with this one. So I was quite pleased when I tasted the seven samples below from Frank Family. I have my favorites, but the caveats are gone.


  • 10th Annual Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program Wine Aficionado Dinner, "Going out in Style," to Hold Final Event on May 10 at SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills

    (March 1, 2012—Los Angeles, CA)—The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program will hold its tenth and final annual Wine Aficionado Dinner on Thrusday, May 10, 2012 at The Bazaar by José Andres at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Titled "Going out in Style: 10 Great Wines for 10 Great Years," the dinner will be a celebratory tribute to an event that has raised a total of over $2 million for "bench to bedside" pediatric cancer research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Tickets can be purchased for $1,250 per person by calling 323.308.0508 or emailing info@bogartfoundation.org.


  • Save the Date! Dalla Terra Winery Direct's Annual Portfolio Tasting 2012

    This spring, Dalla Terra’s 19 Italian wineries, and govino, will be visiting 4 American cities to give a comprehensive tasting of the entire portfolio.


  • "Don't-miss wines" - Chicago Tribune


    As I gather my many wine-tasting notes, I'll plot out an idea for a column based on a constellation of these or those (such as last week's on clones of pinot noir). But in the sifting, I often come up with orphan notes, a scattering of really terrific wines that don't congregate into any theme.

    Today I'd like to recommend some of these. It's a shame they would go unheralded for lack of a motif. I list the wines by U.S. retail prices and food-pairing suggestions. Some wines are not inexpensive, but all are terrifically tasty.



  • "Lovin' those Pinot Noirs? Try Pali" - The Detroit News


    Wrap your hands around a bottle of Pali Wine Co. Pinot Noir — OK, Pali’s affordable appellation-specific wines. The ones around the $20 mark. Not $40-$50. The 2010 Pali “Huntington Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County is a siren of cherries, raspberries, dark chocolate and vanilla. It melts in the mouth. It fills the palate with sumptuous fruit, supple tannins, lovely oak that weaves through the flavors and acidity for backbone. It’s made by Aaron Walker and consulting winemaker Kenneth Juhasz. The owners are from Pacific Palisades, hence the name “Pali.” All the wines are named for neighborhoods in Pacific Palisades. Wine Spectator gave this baby 90 points. Pali was founded by two businessmen, Tim Perr and Scott Knight, in 2005. They started out making single-vineyard, appellation-specific Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays — wines costing $40 to $50 because of their Super ZIP codes. In 2007, they decided to tone down the prices with the Cuvee Program, hence Pinots like this Santa Barbara beauty costing in the neighborhood of $20.


  • "Wine of the week: Pali, 2010 Riviera Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir" - Santa Rosa Press Democrat


    Aaron Walker thought his life calling was to teach young minds. That was before he was bewitched by the pinot noir grape.

    Walker is the winemaker behind our wine-of-the-week winner — the Pali, 2010 Riviera Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir at $20.


  • "Full Glasses in Naples" - The Wall Street Journal


    NAPLES, Fla.—If you are going to fly down to Naples for this Florida enclave's annual three-day Winter Wine Festival, it would behoove you to a) either have a really big, comfortable bank account or, even better, b) go with someone with an even bigger bank account.


  • "Naples Charity Auctions Brings in $12.2M" - Decanter.com


    The Naples Winter Wine Festival charity auction brought in US$12.2m on the weekend of 29 January, bringing the event’s total earnings to US$106.7m during its 12-year life.


  • Frank Family Vineyards releases first Petite Sirah

    (February 2, 2012; Calistoga, CA)— Frank Family Vineyards in Calistoga today announced the inaugural release of a limited-production Reserve Petite Sirah (2009, $65). Petite Sirah has long been cultivated at Frank Family’s S&J Vineyard in Capell Valley, as a very small amount (three percent) is blended into its Napa Valley Zinfandel. When Winemaker Todd Graff noticed the exceptional taste and structure of the Petite Sirah juice on its own, the winery decided to bottle it.


  • "Great California Wine Country Vacations: 5 Scenic Drives" - AARP.org


    California wine country vacations let you fully experience the fabulous sights, sounds, smells and flavors of winemaking. This bounty for the senses is the perfect recipe for getting away from it all.

    These five drives take you along the incomparable Pacific coast and into the green expanses of vineyards in the Napa and Sonoma valleys. 


  • "Tasting Top Bordeaux" - Departures.com


    At this year’s Naples Winter Wine Festival, a select few got the chance to taste banner vintages from Bordeaux’s renowned Château Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion—the tasting notes will have to suffice for the rest of us.


  • "Super Bowl Meaty Fare Needs Manning Up: Sub Zinfandel for Beer" - Bloomberg.com


    Super Bowl parties are notorious for watery beer served with meaty dishes, when a fruity, spicy zinfandel would pair much better. Will tailgate gourmands listen?


  • "Wine Away the Winter" - Centurion-Magazine.com


    This past weekend, the most exclusive wine event and auction in North America celebrated a milestone in its 12-year history. The Naples Winter Wine Festival, held at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida, brought in USD 12.2 million at its live auction for a total of USD 106.7 million raised since 2001, all to benefit the region's underprivileged children. Highlights included the top-selling lot, a private beachfront concert by Grammy-winning country singer LeAnn Rimes catered by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, which sold for USD 1.2 million. The highest bidding wine lot, donated by Prince Robert of Luxembourg, garnered USD 550,000 – twice. Of course, along with the wining came plenty of dining, as dishes were served up by 17 of the country's most venerated chefs, among them Wolfgang Puck and Tony Mantuano.


  • Naples Winter Wine Festival tops $106 million in 12 years for children's charities

    NAPLES, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2012) – Surpassing the $100 million mark in charitable giving was cause for celebration at the 12th annual Naples Winter Wine Festival charity auction, which raised $12.2 million during the live auction and reached a grand total of $106.7 million raised since 2001. One hundred percent of auction proceeds benefit Collier County’s underprivileged and at-risk children through Naples Children & Education Foundation, the festival’s founding organization. Wine Spectator has ranked the festival the most successful charity wine auction in the nation since 2004.


  • "Naples Winter Wine Festival Brings in $12.2 Million" - WineSpectator.com


    Good things came by the dozen at the nation’s top charity wine auction, the Naples Winter Wine Festival, this year. Auction-goers celebrated the event’s 12-year anniversary Jan. 28 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla., and raised $12.2 million for the Naples Children & Education Foundation. The celebration also marked a milestone, as this year's funds contributed to a grand total of $106.7 million raised since the event’s inception in 2001.


  • "Highlights from the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival" - WineSpectator.com


    The annual Naples Winter Wine Festival has all the trappings of an A-list event. Based at the Ritz-Carlton Tiburón Golf Resort in Naples, Florida, the list of participating vintners includes the likes of Ann Colgin of California's Colgin Cellars, Prince Robert of Luxembourg of Bordeaux châteaus Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion and Peter Sisseck of Spain's Dominio de Pingus. The event's well-heeled attendees enjoy generous pours while eating food prepared by a list of chefs that includes Wolfgang Puck, Dean Fearing, Kelly Liken, Bill Telepan and more. The festival ends with a day-long live auction attended by approximately 600 people.


  • "Goldman, Puck Help Charity Wine Weekend Aiming for $100 Million" - Bloomberg.com


    The Naples Winter Wine Festival sold out this year, thanks to Wolfgang Puck, Tony Mantuano and about 15 other chefs and a lot of wine.

    The three-day Florida event, which raises money for disadvantaged children, will serve high-end food and wine to 600 ticketholders who paid $8,500 to $20,000 per couple. One of the top charity wine auctions in the U.S., it raised $12.1 million last year and has brought in $94.6 million since it began in 2000.


  • "From the Dugout To the Cellar" - The Wall Street Journal


    Rusty Staub wants you to open a bottle of wine and toast to a good cause.

    The Major League veteran, who played with the Mets in the early 1970s and once owned restaurants in New York, is once again lending his name and a few good bottles in support of the annual Naples Winter Wine Festival.


  • "The Business of Charity Wines" - Fox Business


    Many people still think of wine lovers as aloof and snobby, which is a gross misconception because I’m a wine lover and I’m neither.

    But it’s not often we associate wine lovers with charity.

    Well maybe it’s time we do. Especially when the wine can help people in need.


  • Nation's top sommeliers to pour at 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival

    NAPLES, Fla. (Jan. 20, 2012) – Joan and Bob Clifford, co-chairs of the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival, the nation’s most successful charity wine auction, are thrilled to announce the support of 12 nationally renowned sommeliers at the 2012 festival. For the first time since the festival’s inception in 2001, an all-star cast of the country’s leading sommeliers will join the 34 Florida-based sommeliers to lend their expertise, passion and world-class service at this year’s event, which takes place Jan. 27-29 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples.


  • "Naples Wine Festival 2012" - Departures.com


    Oenophiles and philanthropists alike will gather January 27–29 in Naples, Florida, for a seasonal highlight: the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival. Attendees will sip rare vintages, feast in style at intimate dinners prepared by world-class chefs (Wolfgang Puck and the festival’s chef de cuisine, Tony Mantuano, are among the 17 participants) and bid at the festival’s live auction, which last year raised $12 million for the Naples Children & Education Foundation.


  • "A Wine-Filled Weekend at the Ritz" - RobbReport.com


    From January 27 through January 29, the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla., will host 550 wine enthusiasts for three days of meals and wine tastings at the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival. Tickets for the festival, which supports underprivileged children, are $8,500 per couple or $20,000 for two couples. The price includes reserved seating at the opening-night vintner dinners, which will be prepared by the likes of Wolfgang Puck and Rick Tramonto of Restaurant R'evolution in New Orleans, at the homes of charity trustees. On Saturday the 28th, there will be an auction of 65 lots that range from a weeklong sailing cruise to a vintage automobile. The festival ends with a brunch on Sunday.


  • World's most successful charity wine festival and auction to take place in Naples, Fla. Jan. 27-29

    NAPLES, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2012) – The city of Naples, Fla. will host  many of the world’s most esteemed chefs and vintners on Jan. 27, when the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival kicks off its 12th annual event. Launched in 2001, the annual festival has become the nation’s most successful charity wine and food event since 2004, raising a total of $94.5 million to date for the Naples Children & Education Foundation, which supports underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County.


  • Juan Genoves is Featured Artist at the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival


    NAPLES, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2012) – Naples Winter Wine Festival is pleased to announce Juan Genovés as the 2012 Featured Artist, adding to its already lengthy list of talented chefs and vintners participating in this year’s event, scheduled for Jan. 27-29 in Naples, Fla.


  • "What's In a Year?" - Chicago Tribune


    I answer, to the best of my skill, most any question put to me about wine. But one question I won't answer: "Was (insert year) a good vintage?" Did 2008, for instance, produce good wines in South Australia? Many point to 2008's record heat wave in the area and conclude that 2008 was a disastrous year for South Australia.


  • Naples Winter Wine Festival auction to feature dream cruises and yacht experiences

    NAPLES, Fla. (Dec. 22, 2011) –Naples Winter Wine Festival, a top wine and food charity event, has secured an extravagant lineup of cruise and yacht trips to be offered at its 12th annual auction on January 28, 2012 in Naples, Fla. Festival patrons will have the chance to bid on exclusive excursions through Central America, Croatia, Northern Europe and Burgundy, by sailboat, yacht or cruise. All of the auction’s proceeds benefit Naples Children & Education Foundation’s mission of supporting charitable programs that improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County.


  • Spectrum Wine Auctions 2nd Anniversary Auction shows growing demand for Burgundy in Hong Kong

    (Dec. 21, 2011; IRVINE, CA)—Spectrum Wine Auctions, a Southern California-based auction house of fine and rare wine, closed out its second full year of live auctions, realizing US$5,229,894(HK$40,694,851) on December 3 and 4 at The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. The sale was the final of four live auctions conducted by Spectrum Wine this year, bringing the 2011 total aggregate to US$24,226,567 (HK$188,511,763), exceeding Spectrum Wine’s 2010 totals of $14,323,696 (HK$111,455,543).


  • "Chicago at the Naples Winter Wine Festival" - ABC7 Chicago


    In January, the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival takes place in Florida, and Chicago will be very well represented.

     The festival raises money for the Naples Children & Education Foundation, which supports underprivileged and at-risk children. Bob Clifford, who owns Clifford Law Offices in Chicago, and his wife Joan are the co-chairs for the wine festival.


  • "7 Ideal Holiday Gift Wines" - Fortune blog CNN.com


    When choosing wine as a gift, there are many considerations that you need to take into account. Is the region famous enough? Did it have a great vintage? Is the producer well known for delivering great wine? Will people realize how much I spend when they see the name? Does the package look fancy and expensive?


  • Fantasy trips, custom jewels and high fashion are among auction lots at 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival

    NAPLES, Fla. (Dec. 16, 2011) – Naples Winter Wine Festival’s auction lots that feature trips and treasures comprise one-of-a-kind offerings designed to get attendees bidding high and often to benefit underprivileged and at-risk children. Up for bid at the 2012 live auction, which takes place Jan. 28 in Naples, Fla., are lots that include a custom-crafted 2012 Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster; a trip around the world in a private jet; attendance at Elton John’s White Tie & Tiara Ball in Old Windsor, England; a meet-and-greet with designer Oscar de la Renta and tickets to his New York runway presentation; a walk-on role on the Emmy Award-winning TV series, “The Good Wife;” attendance at a Tiffany & Co. 175th anniversary gala with a $50,000 shopping spree; and a golf trip in Ireland, which includes golfing and dining with Darren Clarke, the 2011 British Open Champion.


  • "What to Drink Now: Chardonnay" - Sidedish D Magazine


    I am a Chardonnay fan.  I drink it when it is hot outside or cold outside, with food or on its own.  Sometimes I prefer the heavy, fully malolactic fermented Chard, sometimes one that isn’t quite so robust and a little lighter and cleaner.  Luckily, looking all over the world, you can find any type pretty easily.  Here are a few favorites I have been enjoying lately, some selections were sent for editorial consideration.


  • 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival Unveils Exquisite Wine Lots

    NAPLES, Fla. (Dec. 8, 2011) – The Naples Winter Wine Festival will once again raise the bar of elegance and luxury in 2012 with a stellar lineup of one-of-a-kind wine lots. When the auction commences on Jan. 28 in Naples, Fla., patrons will have a chance to bid on rare and collectible bottles including a 35 bottle vertical of Château Haut-Brion spanning 84 years, exclusive trips to some of the world’s most iconic wine estates from Napa Valley to Tuscany, and once-in-a-lifetime VIP experiences. Wine lots include tickets to the “American Idol” finale, a behind-the-scenes experience at the Kentucky Derby, and a stunning trip to India. All of the funds raised by the festival benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation’s mission of supporting charitable programs that improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County, Fla.


  • "White Wines for Winter" - Washington Examiner


    Winter is slowly creeping in to Washington, and as the thermometer begins its decent in to the chilly territory, the first thing that that most wine lovers think of is reaching for a big red wine. After all, big red wines are the perfect accompaniment for cold weather fare, such as stews and chili.


  • "Unwined With Some Turkey Day Leftover Overs" - WinoBee.com


    If you’re anything like us, you probably have a ton of Turkey Day leftovers hanging around from your Thanksgiving feasts. So, why not revive your “what-now-seem-to-be-mundane” munchies into a #PairingParty that entices you? Its time to revamp your leftovers and turn them into something deliciously fabulous, and naturally, doing so with a glass of vino alongside? Here’s our top picks for best wines to pair with Thanksgiving leftovers:


  • Wagner Family of Wine Purchases Radio Legend Don Imus' Vintage Pickup Truck; $100,000 will Benefit the Imus Ranch for Kids

    (November 28, 2011; Rutherford, CA)— Chuck Wagner, Napa Valley Cabernet winemaker of Caymus Vineyards, which he co-founded with his parents, Charlie and Lorna Wagner in 1972, received today a custom 1956 Ford F-100 pickup purchased from radio broadcast star Don Imus, host of the nationally-syndicated morning show, “Imus in The Morning.” The proceeds of the $100,000 sale will support the Imus Ranch for Kids in Ribera, NM, a summer camp opened by Imus and his wife Deirdre in 1999 as a charitable organization that seeks to ensure the continuity of the lives of children who are afflicted with cancer or serious blood diseases. The charity’s goal is to provide children ages 10 to17 with an experience of living life on a functioning cattle ranch free of charge, to build up the child's self-confidence and sense of accomplishment, in the company of similar children facing serious illness. More recently, it has also opened to siblings of SIDS victims. The ranch has hosted more than 1,000 children with cancer since opening in 1998. For more information on the Imus Ranch for Kids, please visit www.imus.com/imus-ranch.


  • Azienda Agricola Poliziano Joins Dalla Terra Winery Direct's Portfolio of Prestigious Family-Owned Italian Estates Family-Owned Italian Estates

    (November 21, 2011—Napa, CA)—Dalla Terra Winery Direct® Founder and Chairman Brian Larky, along with President Dave Holt, today announced that Azienda Agricola Poliziano has joined Dalla Terra’s portfolio of family-owned Italian estates. Dalla Terra will be the sole USA agent for Poliziano, iconic producer of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG as well as wines from their Lohsa estate in Maremma. 


  • Nine Remarkable Collections Highlight Spectrum Wine Auction's Second Anniversary Sale December 3 and 4 at The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

    (November 17, 2011; IRVINE, CA)—Spectrum Wine Auctions, a California-based auction house whose live sales have realized nearly US$37 million since launching in November 2009, is set to celebrate its second anniversary with a live auction in Hong Kong on December 3 and 4, 2011, featuring offerings from nine highlighted collections of remarkable provenance and spectacular condition. Highlights include more than 600 lots of top-shelf Burgundy, with a magnum of 1999 Henri Jayer Cros Parantoux, cases of Domaine Meo-Camuzet, a veritable plethora from Leroy, as well as nearly 175 lots of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.


  • "The BA Turkey Day Wine Guide: All Killer, All $15 Or Less" - BonAppetit.com


    Knowing even one single thing about wine puts you way ahead of the crowd on Thanksgiving, also known as the day your Aunt Judy confesses total ignorance about wine, your mother agrees with her, and your jerky cousin who spent a semester in Florence opines that all the wine is better in Europe--but then you walk in the door with a couple of terrific selections, looking like a hero, and, unknown to all, keeping your finances nicely under control.


  • "Okie roots to California vines" - Oklahoma Gazette


    Lynn Hofacket was raised on a wheat farm and cattle ranch in southwestern Oklahoma. He eventually moved to Oklahoma City to work in real estate more than 20 years ago. While in the metro, he met Casidy Ward, an Enid native. The two married shortly after.


  • Honored Vintner HRH Prince Robert of Luxembourg to host comparative vertical tasting of legendary vintages at 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival

    NAPLES, Fla. (Nov. 2, 2011) – Joan and Bob Clifford, co-chairs of the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival, today announced the festival will hold a special C’est Magique Honored Vintner wine tasting and lunch Thursday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples in Southwest Florida. The tasting will be hosted by the festival’s 2012 Honored Vintner, HRH Prince Robert of Luxembourg, president and CEO of Domaine Clarence Dillon, parent company of the legendary Château Haut-Brion and its adjoining property, Château La Mission Haut-Brion. A comparative tasting of five of the most legendary vintages from the two châteaux will be presented: 1961, 1982, 1989, 1990 and 2000, followed by a lunch at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort’s Lemonía restaurant, featuring two additional and extremely rare vintages as “surprise wines.”  The event will be moderated by Bordeaux critic James Molesworth of Wine Spectator.   


  • "The Pour Man: Build Your Wine Knowledge From Six 'Noble' Grapes" - Chicago Sun-Times


    They used to call them noble grapes - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling - but somewhere along the way that term fell out of fashion.


  • Spectrum Wine Auctions Realizes Nearly $6 Million at Hong Kong Rare Wine Auction; 80 lots of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti sell to frenzied bidders for $1,084,821, topping pre-sale estimate by a quarter of a million dollars

    (October 3, 2011; IRVINE, CA)—Spectrum Wine Auctions, a California-based auction house of fine and rare wine, realized nearly US$6 million (HK$46.5 million) at its latest live auction, held September 24 and 25 at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. Lively competition amongst bidders in the room, as well as worldwide via telephone and Internet, resulted in 95 percent of the lots selling.


  • "Searching for the World's Finest Ginger" - Departures


    Chef Eric Ripert and the men behind Domaine de Canton travel to Vietnam to find the elusive herb and discover a new world of culinary delights.


  • "Perfect Pairings" - TODAY




  • "Stunning reds that will keep you in the black" - Houston Chronicle


    These wines recently won favor in a blind tasting by the Chronicle panel while offering excellent value and good availability. Unless otherwise noted, prices are what Spec's charges for a cash purchase, but they can likely be found at a variety of local retail outlets or by ordering directly from the winery.


  • Spectrum Wine Auctions Goes Mobile with New iPad and iPhone Bidding App

    (September 23, 2011; IRVINE, CA)—Spectrum Wine Auctions, a California-based auction house of fine and rare wine, is bringing the power of mobile bidding into the palms of collectors’ hands with the launch of its new iPad and iPhone bidding app. The app, titled “Spectrum Wine,” launches today and is available to download for free via the iTunes and the iPhone App Store.


  • Critically acclaimed international and domestic vintners to pour into Naples, Fla. for the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival

    NAPLES, Fla. (Sept. 19, 2011) – Twenty-nine of the most revered names in the world of wine will arrive in Naples, Fla. Jan. 27-29 for the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival, “Believe in the Magic.” There are nine vintners making their festival debut this year including GAJA, one of Italy’s greatest Barbaresco and Barolo producers, Dana Estates from Rutherford, which received a perfect 100-point score from wine critic Robert Parker Jr. for its 2007 Lotus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, and Domaine Bouchard Père & Fils from Burgundy, who according to the New York Times has experienced a “stunning revitalization” since it was purchased by Joseph Henriot in the mid-1990s. Also new to the festival is Korta Katarina from Croatia, owned by Naples Children & Education Foundation Trustees Penny and Lee Anderson, who will generously pour their wines as one of the vintners at the luncheon following the Meet the Kids Day event.



    (September 1, 2011; IRVINE, CA)—Spectrum Wine Auctions, a California-based auction house whose live sales have realized nearly $30.8 million globally since launching in November 2009, is set to capture international attention amongst wine collectors on September 24 and 25, 2011 at the landmark Grand Hyatt Hotel, Hong Kong, when it offers a once-in-a-lifetime single-owner collection. “The Majestic Cellar: Property of a Passionate New York Connoisseur” comes from a highly respected New York consignor who has always spared no expense to obtain wines boasting perfect provenance and condition. Over 700 lots with rarities from virtually every major wine region in the world with a pre-sale estimate of over US$2 million (HK$17.1 million) will be the heart of an incredible two-day sale. The entire event features a total of 1,606 lots of rare and collectible wines, and carries a pre-sale estimate of nearly US$6 million (HK$46.8 million). Many of the coveted lots are expected to ignite heated bidding frenzies in the auction room in Hong Kong and from all over the globe, as collectors compete live, via Spectrum Wine’s state of the art real-time online bidding software, and by phone. Richard Brierley, head of fine wine at Vanquish Ltd., will preside as auctioneer.


  • America's culinary geniuses converge for the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival, "Believe in the Magic," Jan. 27-29

    NAPLES, Fla. (Aug. 29, 2011) – Several of the country’s most lauded celebrity chefs will participate in the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival, which will kick-off in Naples, Fla. on Jan. 27 with once-in-a-lifetime vintner and chef dinners hosted at Naples Children & Education Foundation trustees’ homes. The roster of 17 chefs participating in the nation’s most successful charity wine event were hand-selected by NCEF trustees and event chef committee chairs, Donna Solimene and Sandi Moran, for their talent, reputation and complementary fit with the 2012 vintners. The participating chefs feature some of the most revered names in the culinary world including Wolfgang Puck, Michelle Bernstein, Rick Tramonto and Chef de Cuisine, Tony Mantuano.


  • "A potpourri of value wines for end-of-summertimes drinking" - The Gazette


    It seems that every time I review my notes, I find numerous wines I thought deserved recommendation but for some reason never made it into a column. So, this column is their chance to shine..


  • This September, Iconic Barolo Producer Vietti Will Unveil Its 2004 "Villero" Riserva, a Bottling Only Made in Outstanding Vintages


    (August 24, 2011; Napa, CA)—Dalla Terra™ Winery Direct® Founder and Chairman Brian Larky, and Luca Currado, fifth-generation oenologist of Vietti today announced the September release of the 2004 Villero Riserva Barolo DOCG (SRP $300). Only produced in outstanding vintages, this wine is released on average once or twice a decade and is vinified from grapes grown on the south and southwest-facing slopes of one of Piedmont’s most celebrated cru vineyards, the Villero vineyard in Castiglione Falletto. This rare wine becomes a Riserva after a seven-year ageing process spending eight months in once- and twice-filled French oak barrique and 26 months in 30hL Slavonian oak casks before being bottled unfiltered and unfined in July 2007. The previous release of Vietti’s Villero Barolo Riserva was the 2001 vintage. Vietti produced 621 750mL six-bottle cases, 100 magnums, 12 double magnums, and five 5L bottles of the 2004 vintage.



    (August 10, 2011—Lompoc, CA) Pali Wine Co. founder and managing partner, Tim Perr, announced today the addition of Wendy Sullivan as Northeast Regional Sales Manager for Pali Wine Co. Under the management of Pali’s National Sales Director, Gary White, Sullivan will oversee sales in Pali’s existing markets of  Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey, as well as help launch distribution in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont. This is an exciting step for the Lompoc-based winery, as Pali welcomes Sullivan to the team.


  • "Rattlesnakes in Sonoma" - Hamptons Cottages and Gardens


    Anyone who knows me well knows of my snake phobia. It’s gotten worse with age. I used to go fearlessly on safari in South Africa where attacking black mambas abound or to East Africa where aggressive Mozambique spitting cobras terrorize the land. In fact, I even once traveled to Pattaya on the Gulf of Thailand, the capital of snakes. No more. I think I chose wine writing as a field so I could travel to see safe rolling hills of vineyards and taste wine in enclosed high-design wineries without the fear of wild animals.



    (July 29, 2011—Lompoc, CA) Pali Wine Co. founder and managing partner, Tim Perr, announced today the addition of John Ireland as Southeast Regional Sales Manager for Pali Wine Co. Ireland will report to Pali’s National Sales Director, Gary White, and will oversee sales in South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida, as the company continues to expand production and distribution of its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines.



    (July 13, 2011; Sonoma, CA)—Crushpad, with locations in Sonoma and Bordeaux, today introduced the beta of Crushpad Syndicate to provide prospective wine brand owners a tool for raising money by distributing investment across communities of investors. Using techniques pioneered by companies such as Kiva, Kickstarter and ProFounder, Syndicate leverages the power of communities to achieve the financial strength necessary to operate a commercial wine brand while providing a network of motivated investors to ultimately drive sales. This symbiotic relationship between winery and investors has been a successful formula for larger wineries and now Crushpad is offering brands producing as little as 50 cases the same financial tools to create their own investment syndicates.



    (July 6, 2011; St. Helena, CA)—Somerston, a bucolic viticultural nirvana located high in the eastern hills of Napa Valley at 3450 Sage Canyon Road, opened its winery tasting room on Saturday, June 25th. Home to over 200 acres of vineyards with elevations ranging from 820 to 2,400 feet, Somerston has 87 distinct growing blocks, five soil types, over 15 varietals planted, multiple natural water sources, and has long been a fruit source for some of Napa’s most renowned producers. The opening of the Somerston Estate, tasting room and energy-efficient winery is the culmination of the long-term vision of winemaker and partner Craig Becker and proprietor Allan Chapman. The opening also represents the public debut of the Somerston Estate wines, which include Sauvignon Blanc ($40), Proprietary Red Blend ($90) and Cabernet Sauvignon ($120), available exclusively for tastings and purchase at Somerston tasting rooms. “Our property is the inspiration behind everything Somerston represents,” says Becker. “It offers a fresh look at the Napa Valley that is utterly authentic. We look forward to sharing the magic of the property and our wines with wine enthusiasts.”



    (July 6, 2011; IRVINE, CA)—Spectrum Wine Auctions dazzled bidders in Hong Kong on June 25 and 26 at its largest sale to date since launching in July 2009. Guests entered the newly built 118-story gem of Hong Kong, the International Commerce Center (ICC), passing by Rolls-Royces and Ferraris parked at the entrance, arriving to an auction room filled to capacity. The Spectrum team matched the splendor of the space by offering the packed room of bidders tastes of rare wines such as 1989 Château Haut Brion, 1995 Château Latour, 2004 Château Ausone, 1986 and 1990 Château Mouton Rothschild, and 2007 Domaine de la Romanée Conti La Tâche. Bidding was fierce on both days as collectors vied for prized lots from collections with impeccable provenance. Richard Brierley, current Head of Fine Wine at Vanquish Ltd. and previous Head of North American Wine Sales at Christie’s, presided as auctioneer. The Summer 2011 Auction realized $7.5 million (HK$58.3 million) against a pre-sale estimate of $7 million, selling 94 percent of the 1,994 lots on offer. Over 65 percent of lots were awarded to Asian bidders. Spectrum Wine’s Summer 2011 Internet Auction, which closed on June 30 and featured wines from the same consignments as the live sale, brought in an additional $566,165 (HK$4,404,933) for a combined total of over $8 million.



    (June 21, 2011; Los Angeles, CA)—The fourth annual Provident Financial Management Golf Classic raised a total of $150,000 on June 13 for “bench to bedside” pediatric cancer research at the Bogart labs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The annual event, held at the prestigious Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., has raised a total of $672,400 since its inaugural event in 2008.



    (June 20, 2011; Sonoma, CA)—Crushpad, the state-of-the-art custom winery and producer of highly-acclaimed commercial and private micro-production wines, announced today that Strening Architects will design an innovative 1,500 square foot Visitor Center adjacent to its new state-of-the-art winery facility in Sonoma. Construction of the venue, which will occupy a renovated portion of the historic Sebastiani tasting room, will begin in July with a projected public opening of August 15th.



    (June 16, 2011; IRVINE, CA)—Spectrum Wine Auctions will hold its remarkable two-day Summer 2011 Auction, June 25 and 26 at the brand new Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. The sale will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. HKT (June 24 and 25, 7:00 p.m. PDT) and will feature 2,300 lots of rare wine with a staggering estimated value of $7 million (HK$54.5 million), making it the largest live sale to be held by Spectrum Wine since launching in November 2009. The Southern California-based auction house has quickly captured the international spotlight over the course of six live sales, totaling over $23.3 million (HK$181.3 million). Richard Brierley, current Head of Fine Wine at Vanquish Ltd., and previous Head of North American Wine Sales at Christie’s, will preside as auctioneer. The auction will offer wines from three extraordinary single-owner collections, “The Aubrey McClendon Collection Part V,” “The Pennsylvania Underground Collection,” and “A Major General’s Collection.” Bids may be placed in person, live online and by phone, or in advance via fax. Interested buyers may preview 360-degree photographs of bottles from each lot prior to the sale, and may request a complimentary catalog at www.spectrumwine.com or by calling 949.748.4845.


  • Domaine de Canton 2011 Bartender of the Year Competition Winner is Londoner Stuart Fritz


    (June 16, 2011; Miami, Florida)—Domaine de Canton concluded its prestigious Bartender of the Year competition on Monday, June 6, awarding the $10,000 grand prize to Londoner Stuart Fritz, bar manager at the London Academy of Bartenders (LAB). The finals, which took place at La Samanna Luxury Resort and Spa in French St. Martin, consisted of several challenges that measured the contenders’ knowledge, creativity and ability to perform under pressure. Fritz was up against an esteemed and talented selection of American mixologists in the final round: Halle Bruno of Bluepoint Grille in Cleveland; Mathais Simonis of Distil Milwaukee, Milwaukee; Josh Harris of Bon Vivant, San Francisco; and Claire Sprouse of Grand Prize Bar, 1010 Banks, Houston.



  • Rich Frank of Frank Family Vineyards receives Honorary Doctorate Degree from the American Film Institute along with Spike Lee and Helen Mirren

    (June 15, 2011—Calistoga, CA)—Rich Frank, co-owner of Napa Valley winery Frank Family Vineyards, received an Honorary Doctorate of Communication Arts at the 2011 American Film Institute (AFI) commencement, which took place on Wednesday, June 8. Frank shared the podium with Doctorate of Fine Arts recipients Spike Lee and Helen Mirren.


  • 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival "Believe in the Magic" to take place Jan. 27-29 Chicago's Bob and Joan Clifford to co-chair

    Naples, Fla. (June 6, 2011) – Trustees of the Naples Children & Education Foundation are pleased to announce that the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival, named “Believe in the Magic,” will take place Jan. 27-29 in Naples, Fla. The intimate three-day affair for 580 guests has captured national attention for its fundraising prowess and extraordinary auction lots. Under the auction tent, the festival has raised $94.5 million since 2001 for the Naples Children & Education Foundation, which supports underprivileged and at-risk children. Last year’s festival raised $12 million, up 48 percent from 2010 ($8.1 million) and 135 percent from recession-bound 2009 ($5.1 million).




    (June 2, 2011; IRVINE, CA)—On the heels of the blockbuster $5.5M auction in March, Spectrum Wine Auctions, one of the world’s leading international fine and rare wine auction houses, will offer three major single-owner collections in the upcoming live auction, to be held at the brand new Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, now the world’s tallest hotel, on June 25 and 26. Richard Brierley, current Head of Fine Wine at Vanquish Ltd., and previous Head of North American Wine Sales at Christie’s, will preside as auctioneer as he did for the March sale. To supplement the live sale, Spectrum Wine will offer additional wines from these three hallmark consignments in its largest ever internet-only auction on June 30. For more information or to request a printed catalog for either the live or online sale, go to www.spectrumwine.com or call 949.748.4845.


  • "Bottle Service" - Out.com


    There's nothing subtle about wallop-in-a-bottle Domaine de Canton, a ginger liqueur infused with baby Vietnamese ginger, Tahitian vanilla, and Provencal honey. The intense flavor is tempered by a base of cognac, making for a full, complex taste. Mix one part Domaine with three parts vodka or gin over ice or champagne in a flute. Add a splash of fresh lemon and hang on to your taste buds.


  • Domaine De Canton Invites 16 Bartender of the Year Finalists to Compete in French St. Martin on June 5th for a Grand Prize of $10,000

    (May 19, 2011; Miami, Florida)—John Cooper, proprietor of Maurice Cooper et Cie, producer and importer of Domaine de Canton, is pleased to announce the 16 talented finalists for the 2011 Domaine de Canton Bartender of the Year competition. On June 5th, the contenders, who hail from 14 US cities and London, will spice up the La Samanna Luxury Resort and Spa in French St. Martin for three days as they vie for a grand prize of $10,000 and the title of “Bartender of the Year.” 



    (May 3, 2011; Napa, CA)—Dalla Terra™ Winery Direct® has announced that on April 1st, it became the national distributor for licensed buyers for govino (www.govinowine.com) in all states, with the exception of  California wineries, where the stylish yet shatterproof glassware is sold direct from the California-based company.



    (May 3, 2011; Paso Robles, CA)—Pigs and ducks and…winemaker Austin Hope? Hope Family Wines, the Paso Robles-based producer of Liberty School, Treana, Candor, Austin Hope and Troublemaker wines, announced the release of the newest videos today for its Candor brand. With QR codes printed on the back label of Candor Merlot and Zinfandel, smartphone applications will link viewers to a website that plays the two videos. The videos, each less than two minutes long, are funny vignettes that show Austin in his element—hunting in the wild—while talking about pairing his wines with pork and duck. Dina Mande of Juice Marketing shot and edited the Candor videos, viewable here:

    Candor Zinfandel “Pairing with Pork”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXVEfvfP8uM&feature=related

    Candor Merlot “How to Pair a Duck”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRwSwTCZfv4&feature=related



  • "Summer Cocktails That Are Pitcher Perfect" - Associated Press


    Summer time and the living can be just that little bit easier with pitcher cocktails.

    Whether you're mixing up a batch of margaritas for friends in your backyard or ordering a round of mai tais for the table, pitchers are a quick and easy way to rethink your drink for a crowd.



    (April 28, 2011—Napa, CA)—Dalla Terra™ Winery Direct® Founder and Chairman Brian Larky today announced that Emilia-Romagna-based Chiarli has joined its portfolio of family-owned Italian estates. Dalla Terra will be the sole USA agent for Chiarli’s premium line, Cleto Chiarli.  


  • "Royal Wedding Countdown: Make Your Own Royal Wedding Cocktails" - OKMagazine.com


    No royal wedding party would be complete without a couple of celebratory cocktails. We enlisted Brian McFarland and Walter Easterbrook, master mixologists at stirredsocial.com to come up with three royal-themed recipes that will impress any guest at your royal wedding party.


  • "Put an English Spin on your Party" - Houston Chronicle


    Some fairy tales come true. And when they do, it's cause for celebration. In the case of England's Prince William and Catherine Middleton, it's a very big celebration.

    "As kids, you grew up with the prince and princess fairy tale, which you really don't here (in America)," said British-born Houston restaurateur Craig Mallinson, who owns the Red Lion Pub. Mallinson is busy trying to think of ways to mark the occasion — just like many Houstonians who are planning their own early-morning brunches, champagne fetes and tea-and-crumpet parties to view the Royal Wedding.

    A celebration is very much in order, Mallinson said.

    "It's a fairy tale, after all, isn't it?"


  • "Spring Cocktails" - SheKnows.com


    Chef to the stars Lulu Powers is one of the most sought-after caterers in the entertainment industry. Celebrity clients include Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Madonna and Bill Clinton. Powers is also the author of Lulu Powers Food to Flowers, a stylish and simple guide to entertaining. Here, Powers shares exciting drink recipes which are sure to be a hit at your spring cocktail party.




    (April 12, 2011; Sonoma, CA)—Crushpad, the state-of-the-art custom winery and producer of highly-acclaimed commercial and private micro-production wines, continues its mission to democratize winemaking by expanding its operations and moving its headquarters to Sonoma. Crushpad will occupy a dedicated portion of the historic Sebastiani Winery, located just a few blocks from downtown Sonoma at 389 4th Street East. The transition will be complete by April 30, 2011 and followed later this year by the opening of a tasting bar, where over 100 Crushpad Commerce clients will be able to showcase and sell their wines. Crushpad will also host pouring seminars and events, and educate visitors on the process of small-production winemaking through interactive multimedia stations and an experienced staff of wine specialists.



    (April 1, 2011—Calistoga, CA)—For the second year in a row, Bay Area residents voted Frank Family Vineyards Best Napa Winery in the 2011 SFGate.com/San Francisco Chronicle Best of the Bay contest, which launched online in March 2011. Readers of SFGate.com were asked to login and cast their vote for their favorite local hot spots in various categories, including Napa wineries, up until March 31st. Only one vote per category per person was allowed. Frank Family was originally voted Best Winery in Napa in 2010.



    (March 29, 2011; Los Angeles, CA)—Due to rain, the fourth annual Provident Financial Management Golf Classic benefiting the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program has been rescheduled to Monday, June 13th at the prestigious Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Tickets for the 2011event start at $1,500 and sponsorship opportunities begin at $10,000 and are available by calling 323.330.0519 or emailing info@bogartfoundation.org. To date, the annual event has raised a total of $523,000 for "bench to bedside" pediatric cancer research at the Bogart labs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.



    (March 25, 2011; Napa Valley, CA)—Somerston Wine Co., producer of Highflyer, Priest Ranch and Somerston wines, announced today the completion of its state-of-the-art, energy-efficient winery featuring the first ever integrated CO2 heating and cooling system to be implemented in a winery. The winery occupies a renovated 12,000-square-foot barn situated high in the eastern mountains of Napa Valley on Somerston’s 1,682-acre ranch, and was designed to be functional, practical and energy-efficient. Somerston’s sustainable operations will eventually expand to include a neighboring structure with solar panels, with the goal of having a winery that is 100% off-the-grid.




    (February 22, 2011; IRVINE, CA)—Spectrum Wine Auctions, one of the new leading players in fine and rare wine auctions, will hold its largest live auction to date on March 12 and March 13, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. HKT (March 11 and March 12, 2011, 6:00 p.m. PST) at The Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, located at 20 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The massive two-day Spring 2011 Live Auction will feature more than 1,700 lots of some of the world’s most sought after collectible wines, including the second installment of The Doctor’s Pristine OWC Collection and consignments purchased directly from the cellars of Château Mouton Rothschild, Château d’Yquem and Compañia Vinícola del Norte de España. The sale will offer a staggering 1,200 lots of Bordeaux including a 34-year vertical of Château Mouton Rothschild, cases of 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild and rare Château Latour vintages from the 1930s. Close to 14,000 bottles will be offered with a pre-sale estimate of nearly $5 million. Richard Brierley, current Head of Fine Wine at Vanquish Ltd., and previous Head of North American Wine Sales at Christie’s, will preside as auctioneer.


  • "4 Last Minute, Super Affordable Date Ideas for Valentine's Day (No Reservations Required)" - Glamour.com


    Yeah, yeah, that fancy pants French restaurant downtown claims to be the most romantic spot around but we all know that whipping up a tasty dish at home can feel just as special as dining on a prix fixe meal served by an aproned garçon. If you’re looking for something fun to do this evening, click on through for four budget friendly ideas that Valentine’s Day haters and lovers can both enjoy…



    (Napa, CA; February 5, 2011)—Dalla Terra™ Winery Direct® Chairman and Founder Brian Larky was inducted into the Italian Trade Commission’s Wines of Italy Hall of Fame on January 24th at the opening reception for Vino 2011 at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York, NY. This marks the highest level of distinction presented by the Italian government to wine industry leaders. Since founding Dalla Terra™ Winery Direct®, Brian Larky has been a pioneer in using the direct-import model to bring Italian wines into the hands of consumers at a tremendous value. Larky’s dedication to the cause of Italian wine also paved the way to elevate the status and esteem of Italian-made wines in the eyes of American consumers.



    (February 1, 2011; Miami, Florida)—Domaine de Canton, the world’s leading super-premium ginger liqueur, produced by Maurice Cooper et Cie, is a featured star in two of seven blockbuster cocktails on the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows Oscar-themed cocktail menu. Cinema fans may join in the spirit of celebration with these delicious cocktails, created by Beverage Manager Anthony Santiago and Beverage Supervisor Robert Rouleau, each inspired by this year’s “Best Picture” nominees. Cocktails are $17 each. The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows is located at 9641 Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills, Calif. Phone number: (310) 281-2945.



    (December 10, 2010; IRVINE, CA) Spectrum Wine Auctions, which launched in December 2009, has deftly positioned itself as one of the world’s leading wine auction houses. On Sunday, the firm completed its first year of sales with the 2010 Winter Rare Wine Auction at The Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers. Bidding was extremely competitive in the packed auction room, and the sale realized $4,439,080 against a pre-sale estimate of $3.5 million. The sale featured half of an important private U.S. collection called “The Doctor’s Pristine OWC Collection,” and was Spectrum Wine’s largest to date. The second half of the collection will be sold by Spectrum Wine in March 2011. Since launching last December, the auction house’s five sales have brought in over $17.7 million.


  • "Boost Holiday Spirits With Seasonal Cocktails" - Associated Press


    It’s December; time to get into the holiday spirit. Or spirits as the case may be.

    And should you need assistance, bartenders coast-to-coast are figuring out new ways to capture festive in a glass.


  • "Holiday Cocktail with Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur" - TheKitchn.com


    Looking for a new cocktail to serve this holiday season? Something equally good when served cold in a cocktail glass, or warm in a cup? How about the Autumn Spice, a drink that features the sweetness of fresh apple cider, the fresh tang of lemon, and the gentle, yet unmistakeably boozy and spicy kick of Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur?


  • "Drink of the Week" - Ginger Toddy


    A little history with your buzz...

    Domaine de Canton is a ginger liqueur made in France that we’re expecting to see on more and more high-end cocktail menus this winter. In the mid-1990s, you could buy a similar ginger liqueur from China called Canton, but it was discontinued in 1997. Ten years later, Canton was revived -- this time in France -- as Domaine de Canton, and, if you ask us, the recipe is an improvement on the original. The old Canton was a bit hotter on the tongue and wasn’t much of a sipping liqueur. Domaine, on the other hand, has a refined flavor that makes it perfect for sipping straight. Made with ginger, honey, vanilla and VSOP brandy, its resulting flavor has a potent ginger kick with enough honey smoothness to make it a versatile mixer.



  • DOMAINE DE CANTON'S PRESTIGIOUS 2010-2011 BARTENDER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION SUMBISSIONS CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT DECEMBER 1st; Finals to take place in French St. Martin in May; winner takes $10,000


    (November 23, 2010; Miami, Florida) —Maurice Cooper et Cie, producer and importer of Domaine de Canton, the world’s first super-premium ginger liqueur, will close submissions for its prestigious Bartender of the Year Competition for the best original Domaine de Canton cocktail recipe at midnight on December 1, 2010. Now in its third year, Domaine de Canton’s Bartender of the Year Competition is considered the pinnacle of bartender competitions for artisan mixologists thanks to the $10,000 grand prize, finals in French St. Martin, and the premium quality of the liqueur used as the primary ingredient in the winning recipe.



    (November 17, 2010—Lompoc, CA) The Treat, The Industrial and The Central were borne of a joint desire among three wine producers and friends to take one wine each to the extreme: dreamlike vineyard sourcing, fine artisanal winemaking, and nano-sized production levels for the sake of pure enjoyment, no fancy strings attached. Tim Perr (Pali Wine Co.) and friends Andrew Vingiello (A.P.Vin) and Ed Kurtzman (August West, Sandler) have been nurturing this project in secret anticipation of impressing one another—and you, too, perhaps—with truly special wines. The first vintages from this winemaking trilogy, 2007 The Treat, a Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 The Industrial, a Zinfandel, and 2008 The Central, a late-harvest Chardonnay, have been released. Each wine is named for the respective streets that run past each of the partners’ wineries—an imprint of origin, so to speak.



    (November 8, 2010; IRVINE, CA) Spectrum Wine Auctions, California’s leading auction house of fine and rare wine and an industry leader in the implementation of cutting-edge technology, will hold its next internet-only auction on Nov. 11 at 10:00 a.m. PST. Spectrum Wine’s online sales are consignment-based and offer consumers around the world access to cellared wines of various price points, vintages and regions rarely found in traditional retail outlets. These online auctions offer many single bottle lots, a great opportunity for those wishing to buy collectible wines to consume without having to invest in a full 12-bottle case. The bi-monthly auctions are held in addition to Spectrum Wine’s quarterly live auctions in California and Hong Kong and are accessible at www.spectrumwine.com.




    (November 8, 2010; Napa, CA)—Hidden Ridge Vineyard Proprietors Casidy Ward and Lynn Hofacket, along with Winemaking Team Marco DiGiulio and Timothy Milos, today announced that they will not to harvest any fruit from the Hidden Ridge Vineyard in 2010 season because of this year’s inconsistent growing season. Hidden Ridge Vineyard, which is located in the Mayacamas Range just east of Spring Mountain, is an extreme mountain vineyard with slopes as steep as 55%, and is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. The demanding nature of the vineyard’s altitude and slopes stresses the Cabernet Sauvignon vines, and in most years, this results in small, concentrated grapes that produce wines of extremely intense structure and richness. This year’s late season, followed by recent rains in Northern California, resulted in fruit that was not up to Ward and Hofaket’s standards for their vineyard’s eponymous wine label. While it was difficult decision to go without a 2010 vintage wine for Hidden Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, which retails for $40, the choice is in keeping with the proprietors’ commitment to produce only the best wines possible from their vineyard.




    (Los Gatos, CA—November 3, 2010)—Dio Deka’s five Greek co-founders and partners who work the restaurant floor nightly, are thrilled to announce that Dio Deka, the Hellenic-themed restaurant founded in November 2006, is included in the 2011 San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country Michelin Guide with a one-star commendation. This is the first star awarded to Dio Deka, which is currently the only Greek fine dining restaurant to have a Michelin star in the U.S., and one of five worldwide; there are 3 one-starred restaurants and 1 two-starred restaurant in Athens, Greece, according to the most recent edition of Main Cities of Europe Michelin Guide, which was published March 2010. Comments sent anonymously from the Michelin inspectors to food website SFEater.com state: “At Dio Deka the refined and technically precise Greek and Mediterranean dishes are elevated to stellar levels.”




    Los Angeles, California (October 20, 2010) —Jarvis Communications, a boutique lifestyle PR firm specializing in media relations for the wine and hospitality industries, has added Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur to its prestigious roster of clients.  Bursting with the fresh essence of baby Vietnamese ginger fortified with the finest eaux de vie and Cognac, Domaine de Canton stands to become one of the most exciting brands on the bartender’s shelf and in the foodie’s pantry today—not to mention an ideal hostess gift for savvy guests hoping for a repeat invitation. 



    (September 29, 2010; IRVINE, CA)—Spectrum Wine Auctions, California’s leading auction house of fine and rare wine, brought in $3,388,490 at its fourth live auction on Friday, September 24 at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., and Saturday, September 25 at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong. The Autumn 2010 Auction exceeded the pre-sale estimate of $3.2 million and 99.8% of the 755 lots on offer were sold by lot.


  • "WINE IS" VIDEO FROM PASO ROBLES WINS WINE SPECTATOR'S 2010 VIDEO CONTEST; Produced by Joel Peterson of Hope Family Wines, the video highlights the passion and people behind the Paso Robles wine region

    (September 29, 2010; Paso Robles, CA)— “Wine Is,” a video featuring many of the top names in wine from Paso Robles, Calif., was announced as the winning video for Wine Spectator’s Fourth Annual Video Contest on September 21. The video was produced by Joel Peterson, Director of Communications for the Paso Robles-based Hope Family Wines.  Featuring interviews from over 30 winemakers such as Stephan Asseo, Gary Eberle and Austin Hope, the video answers the question of what “wine is.”



    (August 30, 2010; IRVINE, CA) Spectrum Wine Auctions, Southern California’s leading auction house of fine and rare wine, will hold its first sale of the fall 2010 auction season on Friday, September 24 at 6 p.m. PDT at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., and Saturday, September 25 at 9:00 a.m. HKT at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong. Highlights include some of the greatest vintages from benchmark producers in Bordeaux, Burgundy and California. The total pre-sale estimate for the 761 lots on offer is $3.2 million. Spectrum will also launch its “Autumn 2010 Internet Auction” on September 24 for those buyers looking for single bottles and wines not offered in the live auction.



    (June 21, 2010—Calistoga, CA)—Frank Family Vineyards is thrilled to be crowned the Best Napa Winery in the 2010 SFGate.com/San Francisco Chronicle Best of the Bay contest, which launched online in March 2010. Results were announced on Friday. Readers of SFGate.com were asked to login and cast their vote for their favorite local hot spots in various categories, including Napa wineries, up until May 29th. Only one vote per category per person was allowed.



    (June 09, 2010; Irvine, CA)—Spectrum Wine Auctions, which debuted to the international wine market last fall as a new major player, will hold its next fine and rare wine live auction simultaneously on Friday, June 25 at Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., at 6 p.m. PDT, and on Saturday, June 26 at the Peninsula Hotel in Kowloon, Hong Kong, at 9 a.m. HKT.



    (May 24, 2010; Napa Valley, CA)—Somerston is a bucolic, agricultural nirvana located high in the eastern mountains of Napa Valley. The 1,682-acre ranch came to fruition after proprietor Allan Chapman purchased the historic Priest Ranch in 2004, later acquiring Elder Valley in the mountains east of Rutherford to create one contiguous property in 2006. With over 280 acres of vineyards, a winery built out of a renovated 12,000 square-foot barn, 1,500 head of Dorper sheep, several spring-fed lakes, natural soda springs, an insectarium, a professional kitchen, and several acres dedicated to the farming of fruit trees, vegetables, herbs and gardens, Somerston promises to offer one of the most authentic Napa Valley experiences to locals and tourists alike.


  • Frank Family Vineyards and Promise Invite a Winning Bidder to a "Modern Family" Affair at Auction Napa Valley 2010

    (April 23, 2010—Calistoga, CA)— Former Disney executive Rich Frank and Connie Frank, owners of Frank Family Vineyards, and Steve McPherson, co-owner of Promise and President of ABC Entertainment Group have partnered with a star-studded cast for their auction lot at this year’s Auction Napa Valley, to be held at Meadowood Napa Valley resort on June 5, 2010.



      (October 2009; Napa, CA)-Surrounded by gnarled oak and Manzanita forests on the south and western slopes of Spring Mountain in the Mayacamas mountain range, there is a vineyard so remote it can be reached only by heavy-duty four-wheel-drive vehicles, by foot, or by helicopter. This is Hidden Ridge Vineyard, developed and planted by husband and wife team Casidy Ward and Lynn Hofacket to grow stellar mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Made by winemaking team Marco DiGiulio and Timothy Milos at Bin to Bottle in Napa, efforts in the vineyard and the cellar have produced a $40 Cabernet Sauvignon that sings loudly-yodels, even-of its mountainous origins on slopes as steep as 55%.  


  • Wine DJ, the new liberty School iphone app from Hope family wines launches as the first app to hit the wine aisle


    (November 16, 2009; Paso Robles, CA)-Hope Family Wines, a family-run wine producer with over 30 years of grape growing experience in Paso Robles, is inviting consumers to drink to a new beat. Today Winemaker and President Austin Hope announced the launch of Wine DJ, the Liberty School iPhone application created to build a playlist of "Music to Match Your Spirits" based on mood, setting and which Liberty School wine is being consumed. The app is available for download free via Apple's app store and on Apple's iTunes.



    by Jarvis Communications

    (June 26, 2009; Healdsburg, CA)-When Judy Jordan bottled her first varietal Pinot Noir fifteen years ago, she began a mission to position J as a leader in Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Today Judy announced the acquisition of three new Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards, which, with the Burgundian wine making expertise of George Bursick, will take J's Pinot Noir and Chardonnay programs to an elevated quality level.


  • Vietti Joins Dalla Terra Winery Direct's Portfolio of Prestigious Family-Owned Italian Estates

    by Jarvis Communications

    Dalla Terra™ Winery Direct® founder Brian Larky today announced that the highly acclaimed Piedmonte producer, Vietti, has joined the Dalla Terra portfolio. Dalla Terra direct imports wines from prestigious, family-owned Italian wineries. Vietti, which is known for Barolo and Barbera, is based in the small medieval village of Castiglione Falleto, in the heart of Piedmont’s famous “Langhe” wine region. Dalla Terra will be Vietti’s sole USA representative.


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